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Fright Night (3D Blu-ray Review)

11 Jan, 2012 By: John Latchem

Box Office $18.3 million
$29.99 DVD, $39.99 Blu-ray, $49.99 3D Blu-ray
Rated ‘R’ for bloody horror violence, and language including some sexual references.
Stars Colin Farrell, Anton Yelchin, Toni Collette, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, David Tennant, Imogen Poots.

The remake of Fright Night treats vampire movies kind of like how Scream played around with the conventions of the horror genre. The characters know what the rules are, and there’s not much new for the audience to learn going in (especially with this being a remake and all). But the film jumps right in with a wink and a nod and delivers an enjoyable romp that should leave fans of the genre satisfied.

Similarly to the 1985 original, the film focuses on a high school student named Charley (Anton Yelchin) whose neighbor, Jerry (Colin Farrell), turns out to be a vampire responsible for the disappearance of several locals. Charley turns to vampire expert Peter Vincent (David Tennant) for help in fighting Jerry and saving his girlfriend, Amy (Imogen Poots). The remake is set in the suburbs of Las Vegas, and Peter is a magician who stars in the biggest show on the strip.

The script is loaded with crisp and witty dialogue and moves at a brisk pace, thanks in large part to the expertise of writer Marti Noxon, a veteran of the “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” TV show and a huge reason why the series became a classic. You have a good idea who is going to survive, but there’s still a level of doubt.

The cast is just about perfect, especially Tennant, who projects the same confident charm and manic energy that made him so popular as the title character on “Doctor Who.” Farrell also is quite good as the quietly menacing Jerry. Plus there’s a great cameo from Chris Sarandon, who played Jerry in the original film.

The 3D doesn’t really call attention to itself and doesn’t pop off the screen as much as some other 3D efforts, but there are moments of objects flying toward the camera that may make viewers jump back a bit.

About the only downside is how the film loses some steam at the end with a plot device that resolves things way too easily.

The extras are relatively light, with a few minor deleted scenes, a music video, a blooper reel and a short making-of featurette. There also are two videos set within the world of the film: a behind-the-scenes video of Peter Vincent’s Vegas act and a complete version of the “Squid Man” home movie glimpsed in the film. The full version of “Squid Man” foreshadows what happens to the characters in the film, which really shows off how much thought went into the script.

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