Fright Night 3D: Dark-Humoured Horror
Anton YelchinColin Farrell...
Charlie Brewster (Yelchin) has everything going for him; he’s popular, academically on the right track and has the hottest girl in school as
his girlfriend. While everything is almost perfect, trouble then finds Brewster
and his mother (Collette), when Jerry (Farrell) moves in next door. Having
initially passed off as an all-round nice guy, they
eventually discover the real reason as to why he has moved into the neighborhood.
It turns out that Jerry is no more than a blood-thirsty vampire who’s looking
for some fresh and easy prey. After many failed attempts of seeking help and
sharing this hard-to-believe story with anyone who’ll listen, Charlie is faced
with the dreadful challenge of stopping Jerry all by himself in this
dark-humoured horror flick.
Despite being a remake of the 1985 original, Fright Night is set be one of the very few remakes that has
topped its original both commercially and critically. The story combines humor with horror; a
tricky feat to pull off, but a sadistically rewarding one.
Yelchin (Terminator Salvation, Star
Trek) does a good job as the high school student gone mad, but he’s still
perhaps a little too green to hold a lead role. Farrell is one of the most inconsistent
actors in Hollywood, but he comes up trumps in this role. Conversely, Collette is
never one to let down (The Sixth Sense,
Little Miss Sunshine), and she is a credit to the cast. Her early attraction to Farrell’s
mysterious character plays nicely into the plot. British actor David Tennant plays Peter Vincent;
a magician and supposed vampire expert that Charley turns to for help.
Night was filmed with 3D cameras, and although
the effects are a little redundant, the film is still pleasant and interesting
to look at from a strictly aesthetic point of view.
Overall, this is a definite
recommendation for anyone looking for a horror film that doesn’t take itself seriously.
This will make you laugh as much as it will make you jump, and is better than
the original in almost every way.