Fright Night is a classic horror B-movie done well that restores some much-deprived dignity to the vampire mythos. It might flight under the radar for most but any true horror fan will certainly appreciated.
Set in the outskirts of Vegas in a suburban development, which common sense would tell you shouldn’t live there. It is several square blocks of homes and streets entirely surrounded by desert. Cell phone signal is shoddy at best, and most of its residents work at night. Vegas and its suburbs are as unnatural as the vampires who live there. And because of this it is an ideal location.
Even Charley Brewster (Anton Yelchin), a local resident of these suburbs firmly states, “People don’t live in Vegas”. No, they don’t. Whores, entertainers, and vampires do though. And like any average teenager, Charley has a pop-culture level of knowledge on vampires. They seem to be popular at the moment. Charley’s childhood friend Ed (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) believes his new neighbor, Jerry (Colin Farrel), is one of them; he is single, charming, only comes out at night, and all his windows are blacked out. But in a town where many work at night on the strip, this isn’t really uncommon.
But then again, this could be the perfect cover. Wouldn’t it? Soon students, strippers, and neighbors begin to disappear. If you have seen any horror films, you would know that Charley, being the movie’s protagonist would have to investigate these disappearances.
Yes. This film follows clichés. But, it is one of those clichés that serve as proof that clichés are clichés for a reason. But it also does a few things right.
The first one is having David Tenant as Peter Vincent. Vincent is a magician performing in one of the lavish strip hotels. He also happens to be an expert on vampires. He lives in a penthouse suite and guzzles absinth as if it were water. Despite his expertise, he is not the man you want to ask help from. He might be more dangerous to your health than the charming vampire next door.
The second one is Amy (Imogen Poots), Charley’s hot girlfriend. In any other teen horror film, Amy would have been a disposable two-dimensional damsel in distress, who would work solely as a McGuffin for the plot and something for the audience to gawk at. But good dialogue, acting, and one key scene makes actually makes care if she survives or not. Very few movies of this kind can boast of having that effect on the audience.
If you are the type of person that would go to this movie regardless, you will enjoy this movie more than what you might have otherwise expect.