“You can’t run from evil when it lives next door.” Fright Night is a horror/comedy film based on the one from 1985. It has a cast of Colin Farrell, Anton Yelchin, David Tennant, Toni Collette and Imogen Poots. It takes place during present time, in the suburbs of Las Vegas.
Starting off in the middle of the night, with a house in a little neighborhood of the Las Vegas suburbs, a dog walks through a dog door and walks past the tv which shows the news of locals who say that someone has been trying to bite them and then an advertisment comes on for Peter Vincent’s Fright Night at the Hard Rock Hotel. The dog can tell that something just isn’t right when all of the sudden a boy is thrown out of a room, while a woman, still in the room, is being eaten by a creature with very long nails. The boy runs upstairs, leaving his dead mother and father to save himself. He gets under the bed and begins to load a rifle as the creature gets closer, he accidently drops the bullets and the creature lifts up the bed and kills him. The next day we meet Charley Brewster (Anton Yelchin) who, until recently, used to hang out with his dorky friends Ed and Adam but now he has new friends and a girlfriend, Amy (Imogen Poots), and has since ignored Ed and Adam. Jane (Toni Collette) is Charely’s mother who is a real estate agent for Nevada. Their next door neighbors have been gone for a while, leaving the house empty, until Jerry Dandridge (Colin Farrell) purchased it and has aslo been renovating it. Jane finds out Jerry works construction at night downtown. At school during roll call Ed finds it strange that so many students are missing including Adam. He tells Charley that vampires are the reason that everyone is gone. The next day at school Charley notices that Ed is not there so he becomes suspicious and is starting to think that vampires are real. When Charley gets home at night he is suprised to find Jerry in his yard asking him for beer because he saids he has a date. Charley goes to get the beer and notices that Jerry doesn’t step foot into the house, leading him to believe that he really is a vampire. With things happening next door like the screaming and when he finally breaks into the house and finds a secret door in a closet leading to small white rooms with the woman across the street in it, it is then when Charley decides to visit Peter Vincent. But when Vincent doesn’t believe him Jerry ends up getting the ones he loves and has to find a way to stop him before it’s too late.
The CGI in this movie was good. The vampires were very scary and convincing. Theres a scene where Jerry is chasing Jane, Charley and Amy in the car and a guy accidently hits into them and when the guy gets out of the car, Jerry goes over and kills the guy and no one can see his vampire face except for the audience at then right before Jerry turns around he morphs back into his normal self. And like I said, it was really convincing. During that same scene Charley sticks one of his mom’s “For Sale”signs into Jerry which then makes him start crawling on all fours, very scary.
The movie started out with someone being eaten by this creature and then you were introduced with the main characters and then all of the sudden the main character was already fighting the vampire. There were no parts of the movie where I was on the edge of my seat, dying to know what was going to happen next. There was just no build up to make the audience stay intrested. At first the main character didn’t believe vampires and then he did and he was already figuring out how to fight back. I think what would have helped would to have Charley, main character, more suspicious about believing his friend and inbetween he would be catching on to Jerry actually being a vampire.
I was really looking foward to seeing this movie and at the end I was very disappointed. At no point was there a part where I was anticipating what would happen next. I think it went way to fast. It had a begining and an end but nothing inbetween. The main character was already fighting with the vampire so early in the movie, which made it really hard to finish watching.