December 31, 2013.

This blog is now closed. After three years and 311 posts, I have decided to end this blog. I have enjoyed watching the films, reviewing them, and interacting with global readers.

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Thank you to all the readers for your comments, ideas, and thoughts. They were helpful, stimulating, and enriching. This is Alene, signing off.

March 16, 2012

Fright Night (2011)

When it’s over, this remake of the successful 1985 film starring Roddy McDowell and Chris Sarandan is a perfect example of good talents going to waste.  Colin Farrell plays Jerry Danridge, the vampire Sarandan made popular in the 80’s, and Anton Yelchin is Charley Brewster, the teen nerd who suspects his neighbour to be a vampire.  Rounding out the trio of men is Andy Tennent as Peter Vincent, the vampire killer.  The plot is simple and parallels the original:  Charley enlists the help of Peter to stop Jerry from continuing his blood feasting frenzy.  However, the film doesn't get better with age.  Farrell is poorly casted and doesn't sell the vampire personage, while Yelchin fares better with his bouts of paranoia and fear.  Toni Collette and Imogen Poots lend some female presence as the mother and girlfriend, but both get buried under this sloppy script.  I think the best scenes are with Tennant, who brings a bit of Rock n’ Roll to his character, which is amusing and fun.  However, Tennant’s performance isn’t enough to add bite to this film.

My rating:  1.5 out of 5

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