Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5. USA, 2011. DreamWorks, Reliance Entertainment, Michael De Luca Productions, Gaeta / Rosenzweig Films. Story by Tom Holland, Screenplay by Marti Noxon, based on the film by Tom Holland. Cinematography by Javier Aguirresarobe. Produced by Michael De Luca, Alison R. Rosenzweig. Music by Ramin Djawadi. Production Design by Richard Bridgland. Costume Design by Susan Matheson. Film Editing by Tatiana S. Riegel.
Life as a teen is complicated enough, but when you start to suspect that your new neighbour is a vampire who wants to kill you and your mother, things can get a lot scarier. Anton Yelchin is amiable in this fun remake of the 1985 horror classic as the youngster who is desperate to get it on with his girlfriend but can’t make it to home base thanks to a terrifying distraction: the handsome night time construction worker (Colin Farrell, who is far too sexy to be scary) who has moved in next door is an evil bloodsucker with darker things on his mind than getting into a girl’s pants. For a whole night of mayhem and terror, Yelchin does his best to keep lady love (Imogen Poots) and mother (Toni Collette) alive as they do their best to outrun the impressively powerful fang-bearer, even enlisting the help of a hilariously useless Vegas performer (David Tennant) with knowledge of the world of the undead. It boils down to a weak and ineffective ending, but until then it’s a marvelous ride with great performances and a rich sense of humour.