FRIGHT NIGHT (2011)

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Directed by: Craig Gillespie
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 106 min.

When Ed tells Charley that his new next door neighbor, Jerry, is a vampire, Charley laughs it off.  He doesn’t need his precarious position in the popular clique and his relationship with his hot girlfriend, Amy, to be threatened by any of that babyish dweeb stuff he and Ed used to be into.  And seriously, “Jerry the Vampire?” Really?  But when Ed disappears, Charley begins to pay more attention to his nocturnal neighbor and discovers that Jerry is, in fact, a bloodthirsty monster—and now Charley is on his radar.  In order to protect his mom and Amy, Charley seeks help from Las Vegas nightclub magician and vampire expert Peter Vincent.  But Vincent’s “expertise” and Charley’s determination may not be enough to defeat Jerry and his vampire army.

This remake of the 1985 horror film of the same name doesn’t take itself too seriously.  David Tenant is hilarious in the role of Peter Vincent and Christopher Mintz-Plasse plays pretty much the same role he played as McLovin in Superbad, except that this time he is also an undead vampire slave.  There were some moments of good suspense, and plenty of gushing blood, but the film is really more entertaining than terrifying.  This would be a good movie for a Halloween party—scary at points, fun to laugh at with a group of friends, and not so engaging that you’d be worried about missing something if you got up to pop some popcorn.

Thanks for the recommendation, Steven!

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