Fright Night – Fangs for the memory: Farrell and Tennant sink their teeth into vampire remake

Fright Night - Colin Farrell

Las Vegas teenager Charley Brewster (Anton Yelchin) comes to suspect that his suspicious new neighbour (Colin Farrell) is a vampire in Fright Night, a toothsome 3D remake of the darkly comic 1985 horror film. With his girlfriend (Imogen Poots) and mom (Toni Collette) both at threat of getting it in the neck, he turns to flamboyant stage magician and late-night TV host Peter Vincent (David Tennant) for help.

Rescuing the vampire genre from the clutches of Twilight’s brooding heartthrobs, Fright Night delivers a wickedly entertaining mix of laughs and scares. The storytelling is a bit clumsy in places (particularly when explaining how geeky Charley has such a hot girlfriend), but the film’s new setting is inspired. Las Vegas, a city that comes alive at night, is the prefect place for a vampire to hang out. The casting’s spot on, too. Tennant, borrowing his debauched look from Russell Brand, has campy fun as the outwardly swaggering but inwardly nervy Vegas illusionist, and Farrell really sinks his teeth into the role of the menacingly seductive bloodsucker.

On general release from 2nd September.

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