Starring: Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrell, Imogen Poots
Director: Craig Gillespie
Running Time: 106 mins
Fright Night is an American film about a high schooler who discovers that his neighbour is a bloodthirsty vampire, and so does everything to protect his family and friends, while discovering the secrets to killing a vampire.
I remember the era of Twilight when cool, hunky vampires were all the rage in Hollywood, which led to some really terrible movies. Fright Night is the exception to those many awful releases, as despite being full of cheesy hunky vampire clichés, the movie does at least offer up some entertaining, albeit not exactly thrilling horror fare.
One of the things that really works about Fright Night, however, is that it doesn’t follow the predictable formula of a Halloween horror. In effect, the climactic battle to the death between the humans and vampire that you know is coming is pulled forward into the middle of the film, and plays out over the course of the entire last two acts.
That really works to up the stakes throughout, giving more weight to the drama in the latter stages of the film, and allowing for a more concise and fast-paced opening act, which does well to build tension and establish the characters and setting.
Coupled with the odd bit of dark humour, an entertainingly evil performance from Colin Farrell, and some really rather good special effects, Fright Night is a strong watch throughout, although it struggles to integrate a secondary story centring on David Tennant’s character into the main plot, often getting lost in the process.
As a result, the final two acts, while brilliantly action-packed, can feel a little all over the place, and as such they never deliver the non-stop, edge-of-your-seat thriller fare that you might be hoping for. So, that’s why I’m giving Fright Night a 7.3 overall.