Fright Night (2011)

CRAIG GILLESPIE

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2011.  , , , .  Story by , Screenplay by , based on the film by Tom Holland.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .

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. 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 (, 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 () and mother () alive as they do their best to outrun the impressively powerful fang-bearer, even enlisting the help of a hilariously useless Vegas performer () 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.

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