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- Director: Craig Gillespie
- Release Date: Aug 2011
- Run Time: 101
- Genre: Horror, Comedy
Craig Gillespie surprised me with his remake of “Fright Night.” He put out “Lars and the Real Girl”, was somewhat instrumental in the production of “Mr. Woodcock” (Billy Bob Thornton), and some TV episodes. But Gillespie is a veritable unknown. And here he is bringing together a very clever rendition of a horror classic from 1985. Call it an update.
The film’s screenplay is by Marti Noxon (“Buffy”). There is a twist in making the vampire into a sexual predator, only a half-step beyond what everybody was thinking anyway as the fanged ones have been bending babes over backwards since the days of Bela Legosi in Transylvania. In the first film, Chris Sarandon played a more romantic critter than the 2011 brand’s lead in Colin Farrell. Farrell plays greasy to the hilt out for his jollies as handyman “Jerry.” As Jerry’s neighbor, Charley (Anton Yelchin) finds out that the grease ball has designs on his Mama (Toni Collette) and his girlfriend (Imogen Poots) because of the not-so-veiled warnings of his buddy Ed, an estranged nerdy sort, played aptly by Chris Mintz-Plasse. And Charley almost finds out too late. But that is why it is a fright night indeed.
Jerry is a proverbial fox too close to the henhouse with only the insecure Charley standing guard and a dopey male Sancho Panza type in relief. Can you say easy pickings? Farrell has enough hunk factor going for him to be a real threat and sets the stage for the ultimate carnage. He lurks and prowls with gusto. Farrell appeared to have as a good a time in this role as he did in “Horrible Bosses” as the coke-head son named “Bobby”. In fact, this film wouldn’t work without Farrell as Jerry.