Tuesday, 30 August 2011


There maybe nay-sayers out there that think there shouldn't be a remake of Tom Holland's original horror-comedy classic, Fright Night, but I'm not one of 'em. We've got the original...it's still great...live and let live!

For this Fright Night, starring Colin Farrell (soon to be seen in the remake of Total Recall) as the neighbourhood Vamp, Jerry and Anton Yelchin (from another redux: JJ Abram's Star Trek) as Charley Brewster - the kid who finds out the neighbour's murderous secret - the premise stays pretty much intact from the original and, apparently, doesn't stray too far from the original's set up...Even "Evil Ed" remains, this time played by Christoper Mintz-Plasse (star of the comedy hit Superbad and more recently Kick Ass), instead of the gay-porn legend that is Stephen "Sam Ritter" Geophries!!!

So we still have (thank God!) Peter Vincent, played in the original by the sublime Roddy McDowell, and here replaced by Doctor Who himself - David Tennant. Only now he's a Las Vegas magician who purports to be a Vampire Slayer - instead of a washed up late night TV host.

As before, the young / old duos destinies become entwined when Charley seeks Vincent's help when nobody else believes him...even his mother (played by Toni Collette, here reunited with her United States of Tara director, Craig Gillespie).

With the exception of the odd choice of director, and the consistent nagging worry that there'll be too much 'CGI Blood' for horror junkies (like me! I'm not JUST addicted to action!), this looks like it might hit the spot...or do I mean 'go for the jugular'!

Fright Night is out now in the US, and September 2nd in the UK.


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