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YOUR FEATURE PRESENTATION
Colin Farrell has something of a wolf's reputation as a celebrity and it serves him well in Fright Night, a remake of the 1985 vampire comedy, while playing a shameless monster. Yet, for all his rabid dog violence as vampire Jerry -- "a terrible name for a vampire!" -- the most adorable moment in his performance is positively kittenish. While stepping around a beam of sunlight during one action setpiece he hisses at it with instinctual annoyance. You can't scare sunlight away, dumb Jerry! It's a silly bit of actorly business but the new Fright Night soars whenever the cast or director are having a bloody good time. Good times at the movies are as infectious as vampirism, though thankfully more common.
Full disclosure: I've never seen the 1985 Fright Night and affections for previous versions usually dull love for new takes. But a quick bit of research suggests that the new version uses the same basic characters and set-up but plays fast and loose with the twisty details and basic temperament. The premise is ingeniously simple and relatable. What if you found out you lived next door to a monster? Charley (Anton Yelchin) resists the question at first, betraying his former best friend Ed (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) in the process, but soon he comes to know the truth: his next door neighbor is indeed a vampire. Jerry is rapidly eating the population of an isolated and rather transient suburban town outside of Las Vegas. Charley, his girlfriend (Imogen Poots) and his mom (the sadly wasted but always game Toni Collette) may be next. Enter, sort of, Peter Vincent (David Tennant of Doctor Who fame) theatrical magician, vampire killer and total poseur.
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