Movie Review: FRIGHT NIGHT (2011)

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

Written by: Marti Noxon

Directed by: Craig Gillespe

Buy Fright Night on DVD (or Blu-ray)

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Taking place in a small Nevada town just outside of Las Vegas, Fright Night stars Anton Yelchin as Charley Brewster, a high school kid who has gone from a total dweeb to one of the cool kids thanks to a growth spurt and a less blotchy complexion. He’s even picked up a smoking hot girlfriend named Amy (Imogen Poots), who is not only gorgeous and nice, but wants to be the one to take his virginity. But even though he’s left behind his past as a nerd, his best friend Ed (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) refuses to be shunned aside. After being blackmailed, Charley agrees to meet with Ed to investigate the disappearance of their mutual friend Adam (Will Denton), who is the latest kid to go missing over the past few weeks. That’s when Ed drops a major bombshell: Charley’s new next door neighbor Jerry (Colin Farrell) is a vampire. Like most sane people, Charley brushes it off but when Ed disappears things start to get real and it turns out that Ed wasn’t lying: the Ed Hardy-looking douchebag with a seedy grin really is a vampire. And now it’s up to Charley to save Amy as well as his mother (Toni Collette) from becoming Jerry’s next meal.

Fright Night is a fun take on the vampire genre, more comedy than horror but still able to mix the two into something entertaining thanks to a good snarky script by Marti Noxon and a cast that in theory should be “above” this kind of material.

[Finish the review over at Man, I Love Films]

Grade: B-

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One comment

  1. Nice Review Jonathan! The tone may be all over the place, but it still has a lot of fun to it with blood, guts, and gore flying at you with good performances from the cast, especially Farrell who seems like he’s just having a ball with this role. Check out my review when you can!

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