Don’t get too close to your neighbors, because little do you know, that they could very well be vampires.
Charley Brewster (Anton Yelchin) is a teenager who has recently made some big lifestyle changes, like ignoring his old friends, and hanging out with the cooler crowd. Distracted by his new life, he isn’t noticing the students that keep going missing. His old friend Edward though, has noticed and want’s Charley’s help. Unfortunately Charley is now too cool for Edward, and ends up telling him off, only to later realize that Edward was telling the truth. Now Charley has to keep his mom and girlfriend safe from the vamp next door.
Alright, so you probably caught on to the fact that I’m not all that into vampires, seeing as didn’t partake in the “Top 5 Vampire Movies” blog, that Horrorville recently posted. All in all, I haven’t seen many, and they don’t typically excite me. You may not find it as surprising now that I never saw the original version of Fright Night. I honestly didn’t even know what this movie was when I first watched it. But what I got, was a movie that I actually rather enjoyed.
It’s nothing new that the kid who thinks someone is a vampire, is always the crazy one. Even though Charley’s mom didn’t believe the vampire story until she had the proof for herself, she still showed a level of trust in her son when she finally agreed not to answer the door after Charley asked her not to. This is more than the average parent or friend would do in any other movie, and I was thrilled to actually have a moment of realism, because their really are parents who trust their kids out there…we just don’t ever see it in the movies.
Another reason I like this movie, is because it reminds me of “Disturbia”, one of my favorite movies. Once again we have a neighbor who is a threat, and kid who is doing his best to protect his mom and girlfriend. I mean, they are practically the same! Well…not really, but I enjoyed the “Disturbia” vibe it gave off.
I obviously can’t say how well it stacked up to the original film, but I can say that for a modern day vampire movie, it’s got a nice way about it. It’s pleasing even for those who aren’t vampire crazed nut jobs (no offense of course). At no point did I yawn, look at my watch, and think “how much longer?”
Total Abstract Rating: 85% It held my interest, and for a vampire movie, that’s saying something.
Thank you for reading. Written by Chris McBride, Horrorville partner and author of abstracticality.com.