Monday, 27 February 2012

Fright Night: Blu Ray Review

Rating: R13
Released by Sony Home Ent

So it's a remake of the 1985 flick of the same name - and despite the fact you're probably rolling your eyes wondering if Hollywood's run out of ideas, this ain't half bad.

Anton Yelchin is Charley Brewster, who lives in a small suburban settlement just outside Vegas; his mom (Toni Collette) is an estate agent and he's just starting a new relationship with popular girl Amy (Poots) having graduated to the cool kids from a group of geeks he used to hang around with.

One of them, Ed (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) believes the third member of their former gang has been taken by a vampire named Jerry (Colin Farrell) who just happens to be Charley's next door neighbour...

And when Ed goes missing and Charley begins to investigate, it transpires there may be a grain of truth in the accusations.
Fright Night is a whole bunch of bloody fangtastic fun.

A good horror these days needs several key ingredients in the mix; a dose of self knowing humour, some genuine scares, spooky atmosphere and some quality acting.

Thankfully, Fright Night has all of that and more.

Colin Farrell pulls a stunningly menacing turn out of the bag as the shifty and frightening neighbour who just wants to get to know his neighbours; Yelchin also impresses having enough presence to make you believe he's just graduated from the geeks to leading man status and David Tennant brings a lizard lounge swagger to the Vegas magician to give him enough charisma on the screen. And the FX when the vampires burn up in the sun is stunningly good.

All in all, Fright Night represents a great piece of popcorn entertainment; it's a clever film whose easy mix of occasional tongue in cheek tone and masterfully eeked out tension ensure you're kept on the edge of your seat throughout.

Extras: Deleted/ extended scenes, bloopers, music videos, spoof guides


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