Fright Night (2011) – Film Review
Director: Craig Gillespie
Cast: Colin Farrell, David Tennant, Toni Collette
by Dan Berlinka
A teenager learns that his new neighbour is a vampire… whose fangs are out for him and the ones he loves.
This is a joyous updating of a minor eighties classic. Which was in itself a celebratory throwback. It reinvents the original while remaining respectful of it. There’s a sharp script and excellent pacing.
Performances are all spot-on. Anton Yelchin and Imogen Poots are likeable leads. Toni Collette is excellent as ever in support. Though the standout turns come from Colin Farrell, who hits just the right note of laid back menace.
David Tennant, whose louche leather-clad illusionist provides a lot of the big laughs, brings out enough pathos to keep you caring.
Purists may find Fright Night too tongue in cheek. Admittedly, it’s not likely to become any kind of horror milestone, but it is still tremendous fun and well worth a download as long as you enjoy the genre.