‘Fright Night’ Review: A Stupid, Yet Fun, 3-D Gore-fest
Horror movies are pretty scarce in the summer, but when they show up they usually fail what they are trying to accomplish. Fright Night is a unique blend of your typical horror film with all the fun of a summer movie. Does it all work? Not necessarily, but it’s a lot of fun and exactly the type of movie people will enjoy as they dread the end of the summer.
The movie stars Colin Farrell as a vampire named Jerry who is caught attacking people by his next door neighbor and high school student, played by Anton Yelchin. The movie is filled with horror movie cliches but that is absolutely a part of it’s charm. Fright Night knows its unoriginal and cliche and blends humor within these cliches to strike a unique tone that makes for a fun ride. You will likely enjoy the film more if you turn your brain off. A few plot points come a little too conveniently but the movie remains darkly charming.
The charm mostly comes from it’s cast. Anton Yelchin seems to enjoy his lead role here. He always carries a likable aura with him. Toni Collette plays Yelchin’s mother and brings a lot of the likability that came with her character in Little Miss Sunshine. Colin Farrell is having the time of his life in this movie. He has so many great moments in this film and just oozes charisma. He has proven once again that he is one of the most fun people to watch on screen in all of Hollywood. Like Farrell, David Tennant does a lot of scenery-chewing and enjoys himself on screen. The whole cast just looked to be having so much fun that it made the cliches in the plot and filmmaking style bearable and even part of the fun.
Luckily I managed to see Fright Night in 3D. Usually it’s not my preference but the 3D here was crisp and worked very well with the overall goofy tone of the movie using gimmicky 3D to create a more fun experience. I will say that the CGI and effects in general were pretty bad, but that also added to the B-movie nature of the movie. The movie could also have been a bit scarier. Even a few cheep scares to make you jump would have worked well here.
I enjoyed Fright Night quite a bit and am definitely glad that I got to see it in 3D. The film won’t resonate with you any deeper than your average horror movie but it certainly is more fun. (**1/2 out of 4)