Sunday, December 18, 2011

Day 16

Movie: Fright Night {remake}
Starring: Colin Farrell, Toni Collette
Genre: Horror, Comedy
Year: 2011
Format: DVD

Plot: Charlie Brewster believes that the recent rash of murders in the neighbourhood are because of his new neighbour who just moved in next door. Worst, he knows that Jerry is killing because he's a vampire.  It's up to him and Peter Vincent a local goth actor to stop him.

This is one of those times when a remake is as good as the original.  The story itself has been given a complete re-working, but still manages to stay loyal to the soul of the 1985 original.

My favourite character from the original 1985 version is Peter Vincent- fearless vampire killer, {in that version he was an actor who played a vampire killer on late night tv}  who in this version is a stage magician living in Las Vegas.  I have to admit, when I first heard about the fact they were changing the character so much I was horrified.  But, with the modern version, it makes sense. It fits the framework and mythos perfectly.
Fans of the original will get a kick out of the cameo by Chris Sarandon who played the vampire Jerry in the 1985 version.

What do I think I learned from this film?
Never turn your back on your real friends even when they are screaming about crazy stuff, cause they might be your best defense. Always be careful who you invite into your house.

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