Monday, 5 September 2011
“That was a fucked up night”
Fright Night: directed by Craig Gillespie; written by Marti Nixon
First things first, I’ve never heard of the original Fright Night, let alone seen it. I ended up seeing the latest incarnation simply because as my cinephile appetite has grown I’ve made it my duty to see as much new releases as I could – and the presence of Toni Collette and Colin Farrell was an added bonus, although I have to wonder what their reasons for joining the venture were. The not-quite-a-horror flick has a basic plot, a vampire moves in next door and teenaged Charley moves from non-believer, to reticent sceptic, to vampire slayer. It’s more teen film than horror, and it’s not completely immersed in its vampire lore. If the ending is to believe, it’s more of a faintly horror twist on a coming-age film in the vein of any random teen film from the nineties.