By: Lawrence Foster
Rating: 2 out of 10
At roughly 4 p.m. on that fateful Monday, the streak ended. It was a streak I was proud of but, no matter how hard I tried, I could not find one redeeming quality with Fright Night.
The humor falls flat, the characters don’t resonate with the audience, the 3D effects are terrible and the list goes on and on.
Normally, even for a bad movie, I would go into the plot, but with as horrid as this movie is, you shouldn’t watch it so you won’t care about what the “plot” is anyway.
What people will care about are the reasons why they shouldn’t watch Fright Night and, seeing as those reasons are numerous, it seems prudent to spend this review going over them.
The biggest problem I had with this film is the comedy. It is obvious that if Fright Night had been what it was supposed to be that this would be a comedy/horror.
The most horrifying aspect of the film was the attempts at comedy. When writers Marti Noxon and Tom Holland penned the script, I’m pretty sure they had two comedic-relief characters in mind. Those characters would be Ed (played by a seriously miscast Christopher Mintz-Plasse a.k.a. McLovin) and Peter Vincent (played by David Tennant).
With Tennant, it is obvious that they were trying to go for a Russell Brand type character. The problem is, Brand is a unique actor. There aren’t too many actors who can duplicate Brand’s unique brand of humor. I wouldn’t have minded the character so much if he hadn’t so blatantly been a rip-off, but every time Vincent was on screen I was thinking how much better this film would be if Brand had been cast as the character portrayed after him. That would have been the redeeming quality and the streak would still be alive.
As for the 3D, I have one question: What 3D? Aside from a handful of “flying objects or particles coming at you” moments, the 3D wasn’t noticeable and added nothing to the film experience. That is the problem with 3D movies and why ticket sales for 3D movies continue to plummet. If there is no tangible benefit to watching a 3D movie, why should people drop more money on a movie that is just as good in 2D? But that is a different topic for a different day.
The last thing I’ll go over is the lack of connection with characters. Typically in horror movies you relate to a main character and root for them to not be brutally hacked into a hundred pieces. That character doesn’t exist in Fright Night.
The main character, Charley Brewster (played by Anton Yelchin) just can’t relate to the audience. The villain Jerry (Colin Farrell) is anything but frightening. None of the characters, besides the Steve Polychronopolous-type Charley, get enough face time to develop a link to the audience and because of that the characters in Fright Night are nothing more than cardboard cutouts.
If you couldn’t tell by now, Fright Night is the worst movie I have ever watched. Even if Fright Night was the last movie ever made and it would run on endless free loops at the best movie theater in the world, I would tell you to not watch it. Literally close your eyes and point to other movies at the theater and I guarantee you will like that movie more than Fright Night. Avoid this film at all costs.