Spligitmoose and I are getting quite good at this amateur cinemagoer gig. Our film selection is consistently rewarding.

Tonight we watched fright night. A suburban vampire thriller that really has a lot of fun with the genre. I was expecting it to be not bad but I was still surprised by how much I enjoyed it.

I’m not normally a person for horrors or thrillers which means I’m completely oblivious to the original film of which this year’s interpretation is a remake. I am also glad I didn’t wait to take Blackwool with me to see it as the gore is the kind that she doesn’t appreciate. So it is on it’s own and without hindrance by weak stomach I judge Fright Night.

The film follows Charlie Brewster (Anton Yelchin, recently Star Trek’s Chekov) as he discovers and tries to handle the fact that his neighbour Jerry (Colin Farrel) is a bloodsucking creature of the night with the help/hindrance of an occult Vegas performer(David Shirtless Tennant), his mum (Toni Collette, who I’m always surprised to see in anything) and his girlfriend (Imogen Poots who has been in three things I’ve watched this week?). The plot and writing are strong enough that at no point in the film did I know what happens next and was, rather, continually pleasantly surprised with it’s twists and turns. The film rides the fine line between serious and satire just close enough to the serious side to earn my stamp of totally rad.

Yelchin as Charlie is lovable in all the right ways and has a bit of a Arthur Darvill as Rory Williams feel about him in the second half of the film. Toni Collette plays her weirdly realistic portrayal of suburban woman but this time with vampires and Imogen Poots plays “the girl” with enough depth to make the various plot turns work. The star is of course Colin Farrel who makes the whole vampire thing grusomely fun turning the whole “sexy vampire” trope BACK on it’s head the way it should be with dracula being a kind of deadly sex-pest. David Tennant get’s his fucking shirt off. He also plays the multisided Peter Vincent:Vampire Hunter with his signature charm, helping keep the film from straying too far into the dark side. I should also mention McLovin aka Christopher Mintz-Plasse who plays a brilliant variation on his typecast dweeb.

We left the cinema going “That was awesome! I’m glad we keep picking awesome films to see!” so on that basis:
5 stars out of 5

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