Underrated: Fright Night (2011) Review

4.5/5* Shiv’s Show | Siobhan Divers

Dir: Craig Gillespie

106 mins

Starring: Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrell, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, David Tennant, Imogen Poots, Toni Collette.


“Jerry? That’s a terrible vampire name!”

Thrilling, funny and well-made, Fright Night (2011) definitely does the original justice.

A remake of Tom Holland’s Fright Night (1985), the 2011 version follows Charley (Anton Yelchin), a popular high school senior who’s one of the ‘in’ crowd with an even more popular girlfriend in Amy (Imogen Poots). So when Charley’s old best friend Edward (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) brings to his attention that a number of their classmates have gone missing, he is less than bothered. Though with more disappearances and some strange activity next door, his attention is directed towards his strange yet charismatic new neighbour Jerry (Colin Farrell) whom he begins to suspect is a vampire.

The cast absolutely make the film with Anton Yelchin’s character existing as the likable, unlikely hero while Collin Farrell is a comical yet seductive and captivating presence. His tight shirt-wearing, Budweiser-drinking vampire is refreshing and original compared to the usual depiction of 400-year-old vampires.

Equally charming is David Tennant who plays Peter Vincent – a self-proclaimed Vampire Expert, completely dressed from head to toe in black leather with liquid eyeliner, gothic tattoos and an equally Russell Brand-esque home.

Charley’s nerdy estranged friend played by Christopher Mintz-Plasse is also a great character with a few good lines including a dig at Twilight when Charley relates their situation to the movies adapted from Stephenie Meyer’s novels.

“You read way too much Twilight.”

“That’s fiction, okay. This is real. He’s a real monster and he’s not brooding, or lovesick, or noble. He’s the fucking shark from Jaws. He kills, he feeds, and he doesn’t stop until everybody around him is dead. And I seriously am so angry you think I read Twilight.”

Imogen Poots’ Amy is also memorable – the casting choices are all exquisite and apt.

The only reason this 4.5* isn’t a 5* review is because Toni Collette is criminally underused in the film – she plays Charley’s strong, single mother who is in a couple of keys scenes but not some of the more crucial and memorable ones.

An entertaining remake of an 80’s vampire classic, Fright Night has an outstanding cast, some chilling scenes and some good modern humour.

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