So Chekov (#2) and The Doctor (#10) team up to fight Sonny Crocket (#2)…. well not really, it’s the 2011 remake of Fright Night.
That pitch is basically the reason I decided to add this movie to The List, but I honestly wasn’t expecting much more than a cliched horror movie with (hopefully) a couple brilliant moments from David Tennant. The latter certainly delivered, but I actually enjoyed the whole film. It had fun with various horror movie and vampire tropes without descending into parody. If it’s possible for a horror movie to be light and fun, than this would be the example. There was definitely a bit of a Buffy: The Vampire Slayer kind of feel to the film. It all made sense once I saw the screenplay credit at the end for Marti Noxon, who wrote twenty-plus episodes for Joss Whedon’s vampire-centric series, as well as writing for some show called Mad Men.
Anton Yelchin (Star Trek) stars as Charley Brewster a reformed dweeb that has somehow managed to become one of the “cool kids” in high school. He does a good job of staying relatable for what is clearly designed as somewhat of a wish-fulfillment character for the film’s target audience. Completing the wish-fulfillment equation is Imogen Poots who is delightful as Charley’s new girlfirend Amy. Colin Farrell provides a menacing presence as Jerry the vampire next door, although I couldn’t help feeling that he could have done much more with the role. On the other hand David Tennant (Doctor Who) makes the most of his time as Las Vegas magician/vampire expert Peter Vincent, essentially stealing every scene he’s in.
Overall the film is good, but aside from Tennant’s performance is nothing special. Still it was a fun 90 minutes, and definitely worth watching.