Swanner: I think it’s interesting that we have gone from such wonderful movies like Crazy, Stupid Love and The Help to crap like One Day, Conan The Barbarian and now Fright Night. I hate to reveal my hand so soon but I’m just so surprised. Fright Night somewhat follows the ’85 original script about a teenage boy that realizes his neighbor is a vampire. After that its a free for all of bad writing.
Judd: I’m not familiar with the ’85 original, so I went in with a fresh perspective. With Anton Yelchin, Collin Farrell, Toni Collette and script by Marti Noxon (Buffy, Angel, Mad Men) I was hoping for a half way decent script – tight, witty and well-written. As Tom mentioned the script was awful, and the performances were phoned in. Anton Yelchin is capable of so much more than just looking stressed, and Toni Collette was completely underutilized. Christopher “McLovin” Mintz-Plasse, is Christopher Mintz-Plasse because he’s the biggest one-note in Hollywood. He has less range than Steven Segal.
Swanner: The only person in the show that seemed to be trying was Colin Farrell. It looks like he’s trying to add something to the role, but the script does limit him. David Tennant (Doctor Who) also tries to mix it up, but he’s so over the top it’s distracting. I think he’s trying to do his best Russell Brand imitation, and let’s face it … when has that ever been an asset to film? I do want to know how much money Midori paid to have the Peter Vincent character to swill Midori out of the bottle through just about every scene he appears.
Judd: I kept waiting for a punch line with that Midori thing. No one in the audience laughed when he drank his first Midori on the rocks, though you and I (experienced drinkers) both gagged. And you hit the nail on the head with the Brand comparison. The thing that really bothered me about the movie was that it seemed director Craig Gillespie felt that drawing a scene out would create dramatic tension. It gave me hypertension.
Swanner: The movie either needed to be a full dramatic horror film or a campy one…you can’t do both. The scene that comes very early in the film with the gas line, where the vampire completely exposes himself drove me crazy. A 400 year old vampire would never do anything that stupid. Risk everything he has? I don’t think so. Also, has anyone ever heard of character or storyline development? I think the first half hour of the movie must have been cut out because it was disjointed mess. I feel bad for anyone that spends money on this crapfest.
Judd: I disagree that a movie has to be either full horror or camp – Shaun of the Dead is an example of genuine thrills and laughs at the same time. Fright Night feels like an amateur effort from people who have repeatedly exhibited their true capabilities. The pace is slow, the script is sloppy, there is absolutely no wit or intelligence. One night some really talented people got shitfaced on Midori sours and decided to earn an easy buck by putting out a half-assed remake.
Swanner: No Stars