We saw FRIGHT NIGHT, the remake

With David Tennant as Peter Vincent, the “vampire killer” who, really, isn’t much of one, and Colin Farrell as the vampire. A very hardcore vampire…

This movie tempts me to say it’s that rare thing, a remake that’s better than the original, but really, the two films are different enough you can’t compare them in that way. This is a very smart, very entertaining horror film with more than a dash of comedy. It balances scares and laughs just right. David “he was the best Dr Who” Tennant provides much of the comedy relief, playing the self indulgent lush las vegas performer, Peter Vincent. Colin Farrell does a great job–he doesn’t over react when the crucifix is there in his face, but he reacts, subtly, just right. He gets to have his over the top moment thanks to innovative vampire transformational FX…Some really clever “psychology of a vampire” moments clear away the trite old deadwood…

They also refresh the traditional vampire imagery…how the ultimate staking happens, the vampire’s “teething up” moment…

I was pleased that they mocked TWILIGHT in this movie; they quietly ridicule it, by name.

The vampiric imagery in the Vegas disco seems symbolic to me…but this is an entertaining date night movie, not a deep film. Still, it’s really smartly made. Notice there’s only ONE WRITER for the screenplay (Marti Noxon, a relatively young, hip woman, that writer, who was hugely busy in television.) That ONE WRITER (apart from the original writer of the screenplay it was based on), gives it compositional integrity, flow, that is ruined by the typical Hollywood practice of bringing on too many writers…

The dialogue and characters in this film remind me of DISTURBIA (a kind of remake of REAR WINDOW), another date-night shocker that I thought was very good…

I suppose they could have used more shots, some more detailing, in the directing, but FRIGHT NIGHT delivers. And if there’s a sequel with David Tennant in it, I’ll go see it.

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