Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Fright Night (2011) directed by Craig Gillespie

“Fright Night (2011)” is a 3D comedy horror. It is a remake of the 1985 Tom Holland film of the same name. Jerry Dandridge (Colin Farrell) has just moved into a suburban neighbourhood of Los Vegas, Nevada. He has bought the house next to Jane Brewster (Toni Collette) and her son Charlie (Anton Yelchin). When role call is held in Charlie’s class, it turns out that many of the students are missing. His former best friend, Ed Thompson (Christopher Charles Mintz-Plasse) suspects that Jerry is a vampire. Ed convinces Charlie to go with him to another friend’s home who has also gone missing. Charlie eventually gets fed up and leaves, telling Ed to grow up.
Heading home, Ed is confronted by a bully. He hides in an empty home. Jerry enters (he doesn’t need an invitation, its empty) and attacks Ed.
The next day when Charlie sees that Ed is not in class, he realises that Ed might have been right and feels guilt over what he said to him.  He decides to sneak into Jerry house to investigate. He discovers a series of secret rooms where Jerry keeps his victims alive for awhile. Charlie manages to rescue one of the victims but when she gets outside to is incinerated by the sunlight.

Charlie tries to enlist magician and ‘self-proclaimed-vampire-killer’ Peter Vincent (David Tennant) for help in killing his vampiric next door neighbour. Unfortunately Peter Vincent doesn’t take Charlie seriously and kicks him out, leaving Charlie to face Jerry on his own.
Jerry comes to Charlie’s house to complain to his mother that Charlie broke into his house the day before. Charlie convinces his mother not to let him in. Jerry reasons “If there is no house, I don’t need an invitation” so he blows up the house by igniting the natural gas in the house. Jane, Charlie and his girlfriend Amy Peterson (Imogene Poots) barely escape and flee in their minivan. After a scuffle and a car crash, Jane ends up in the hospital.
Peter decides to join Charlie in his fight against Jerry and give him a special stake that will kill Jerry and turn his victims back into humans.
Colin Farrell plays the role of vampire with a lot of vigour and lends to a sense of terror in both the other characters and the audience. David Tennant (of Dr Who fame) and Christopher Charles-Plasse lend the film its comedic touch.