Thursday, August 18, 2011

Cool vs Stool - Fright Night

Fright Night is frightfully a boo-bless let down.

If there is one thing I look forward to in a "R" rated horror flick it is getting to see some no-name B actress' breasts. If there are two things I look forward to in a "R" rated horror flick, the first is some no-name B actress' breasts, and the second is scenes that make me jump with unexpected startlements; Fright Night delivers neither of these things.

Based on Tom Holland's 1985 film of the same name, Fright Night tells the story of the vampire next door who is slowly killing off the neighborhood, and it is up to a teenage boy to gather a rag-tag group of would-be vampire slayers to save the day, and hopefully still make it to the prom in time. 

Anton Yelchin (Star Trek, Terminator Salvation) plays the teenage protagonist in a role fit for any teen angst film. He has recently been accepted by the "cool kids" in school and left his monster loving dweeb friend behind in the dust of LARPing. Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Superbad, Kick-Ass) plays the dweeb friend who first has suspicions about Jerry, played by Collin Ferrell (Horrible Bosses, Phone Booth), the attractively pale next-door neighbor who only comes out at night.

Yes, the film is as predictable as it sounds, but it has its moments. When watched in the vein of an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000, the film makes for a great laugh. Shot in 3-D, there is some fun with blood spattering and flying arrows, and axes, and stakes, oh my!

All of the lead actors in this film are capable of better, something they've all shown before. Fright Night shackles good actors to a poorly written script with a more-than predictable plot.

See this film if you liked Disturbia, post Joss Whedon episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, or My Super Psycho Sweet 16.

Cool vs Stool = STOOL

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