Friday, August 19, 2011

Fright Night

Who remembers this forgettable, cheesy vampire flick from 1985 with mostly unknown actors that didn't go on to anything notable, except Amanda Bearse who had a good run as Marcy on 'Married with Children' and the great Roddy McDowell, probably most famous for the original 'Planet of the Apes' series but always enjoyable in everything he's been in?  I sure didn't.  So I did my homework and watched it, and it was a loooong 106 minutes.  So my question is, why on Earth would they want to remake such a bad movie with such an uninspiring premise?  And why on Earth would Colin Ferrell and Toni Collette want to star in it?  And why on Earth does anyone cast Anton Yelchin in their film?  I will probably never know the answers to any of these questions.

And as for vampire movies, isn't enough enough?  The market is flooded with this genre and almost none of them are any good.  (Two notable exceptions of the recent past were 'Daybreakers' with Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe, and Sam Neill which came out in 2009, and 'Let Me In', last year's remake of the Swedish film 'Let the Right One In'.  Those two are exceptionally good.)

Here's the plot of both the original and remake:  A teenager suspects that his next door neighbor is a vampire.  So to keep his mom and girlfriend safe, he enlists the help of a horror TV show host.  I admit, the movie is not without entertainment value.  Ferrell is usually pretty entertaining, and he hams it up a bit here.  And David Tennant, probably best known as one of the Doctors on 'Doctor Who', also plays it broad as the TV host.  But other than that there's not much to like here.  It's just a predictable horror thriller in boring 3D.

Grade: C-

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