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"Fright Night" - (2011)
Reviewer:
Edward McNulty
Studio: Disney / Buena Vista
Genre:
Horror
Release Date:
December 13, 2011
Special Features:

See Below

Review:

Director Craig Gillespie’s remake of a popular vampire horror film is set in a suburban housing development of Los Vegas. This is very appropriate in that many of the citizens of that city work at night at gambling casinos and sleep much of the day, as do vampires. The plot even of the original was an old one beloved by sci-fi and fantasy writers, teenaged Charley Brewster (Anton Yelchin) thinks his neighbor is up to evil—in this case that he is a vampire—but no one believes him (shades of The Body Snatchers!) Thus he sets forth with a friend to prove that his fear and suspicion are real. There follows lots of blood and gore, with the climactic battle enhanced by the CGI effects—sparks from explosions seem to come right at you. As usual the Christian cross is used as a defensive device, but these vampires apparently haven’t read the literature so as to recoil in fear, the cross held out in our hero’s extended hand having no effect whatsoever.***

Special Features:

Gag Reel

Kid Cudi Music Video (uncensored version) - "No One Believes Me"

"Squid Man" – Extended & Uncut

Peter Vincent: Swim Inside My Mind featurette

The Official "How to Make a Funny Vampire Movie" Guide featurette

Frightful Facts & Terrifying Trivia

5 Deleted Scenes with intros by Director Craig Gillepsie- - "Ride to School"

"Neighborly" -

"Once A Freak, Always A Freak"

"Midori & Kerosene"

"Back at the Penthouse"

Final Words:

Even with a fine cast that includes Colin Farrell (as the vampire) and Toni Collette as the mother I found it hard to sit through this thing at the theater, let alone at home on my DVD pkayer. Guess you have to be a fan of the vampire genre to appreciate it. It was a fun moment, however, when my companion who was a fan of the original pointed out that Chris Sarandon, who played the vampire neighbor in the 1985 original, plays an ill-fated traveler in the new version. Also David Tennant is very funny as Peter Vincent, a vampire impersonator who stars in an opulent act at his Los Vegas show palace. His collection of vampire fighting objects proves very valuable in the showdown. As you can see, I am conflicted about the film, and the genre itself.***

 

 
 
 
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