Fright Night is a modern-vampire-against-teenagers type of story. In a small town that is bleeding population, yesterday’s nerd gradually becomes today’s normal guy with a zest. He has a lot of stuff going on, same as any teenager; and in the midst of that thriving life comes the intruder. New owner moves into the house next door, and soon after that people around the town start to vanish.
I gotta say, this is a pretty cool movie. Unlike Wes Craven’s Cursed, which is also a retelling of an old concept in a modern way, Fright Night is actually fascinating in a sense that the system of relationships that connects all the characters of the story (except for the source of evil) is extremely well elaborated and thought-through. Great acting and very, very decent direction go a long way as well towards creating the story that is also captivating and fun to watch.
Having said that, the underlying concept is still the same ancient, boring bullshit that takes illogical and unfounded preconditions (vampires fear daylight, holy water, and the sign of cross, etc.) as some fundamental truths and doesn’t even tries to question them – in that sense, nothing has changed much, really. But the good news, – it doesn’t seem to matter as much as I thought it does. Turns out, the sum of good stuff I mentioned above, trumps this nuisance with flying colors.
As long as they are in place (which is not an easy task), any new story about vampires, werewolves, zombies, or whatnot, would work well enough – as a great entertainment at least. But I would still like to see people questioning christian paradigm and its influence on arts in general, and cinema in particular.
Released in: 2011
Directed by: Craig Gillespie
Written by: Marti Noxon, Tom Holland
Performed by: Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrell, David Tennant, Toni Collette, Imogen Poots, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Dave Franco, Reid Ewing, Will Denton, Sandra Vergara, Emily Montague, Chris Sarandon, Grace Phipps, Chelsea Tavares, Lisa Loeb
Entertaining quality: 5 out of 5
Art quality: 4 out of 5
IMDB page: link