Movie Review of “Fright Night”

by on February 7th, 2011
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What do you do when you’re a teenage geek and you suspect that the guy that just moved in next door is a vampire who has your mother and your girlfriend in his cross hairs? Kill him, of course; better yet: kill him in 3D.

Charley (Anton Yelchin) is advised by a high school friend of his that the kids that have gone missing from class are no mistake and that his next door neighbor Jerry (Colin Farrell), is a vampire. Charley responds with the funniest line of the movie, “Jerry? Jerry is a terrible name for a vampire.” But after snooping around in his neighbor’s house, Charley confirms his friend’s suspicion and now must find a way to kill “Jerry the vampire.”

Charley seeks out the help of a Las Vegas entertainer by the name of Peter Vincent (David Tennant), who runs a world renowned vampire act on the Vegas strip. Vincent doing his best Russell Brand imitation, at first dismisses Charley; but then breaks down and tells him that vampires do exist and that they are responsible for the death of his parents.

Armed with a stake blessed by Saint Michael, crucifixes, holy water, fire, and plenty of booze, Charley and Peter go to “Jerry’s World” for the final showdown.

This is a good Halloween movie, with just the right amount of suspense, laughs, and gore. The 3D is subtle, but when it is used to enhance a scene, it is extremely effective.

My rating: 4 of 5 Stakes to the Heart.

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