What I Watched Last Night: Fright Night

Fright Night: The 2011 remake of the 1985 original, now made better (by my eyes) with bonus Colin Farrell and David Tennant eye candy. It’s a horror film, but a funny one, regarding one teenager’s quest to defeat the vampire next door. Here are some things I said to my husband while we watched:

  • David Tennant as Peter Vincent in Fright Night“What? Houses that look all the same, out in the middle of nowhere? Nooooo, that’s not a Las Vegas subdivision at all.” (My mother-in-law may or may not live in such a place.)
  • “Wait a minute, shouldn’t it be stone walls and not wooden fences?”
  • “Lisa Loeb! How did Lisa Loeb turn up in this movie? She is adorable.”
  • “Ah, David Tennant’s hair! That’s hilarious. Look at him. Look at him. I love this already.”
  • “He is so skinny. His legs are, like, half the size of yours or mine.” [pause] “Hee! Leather pants.”
  • “He says ‘Well,’ like the Doctor.”
  • “The sound effects in this might be the grossest part.” (Re-creations of sound effects ensue.)
  • “See, even when Colin Farrell’s all evil and deadly, I’m still like, ‘Mmm. Still hot.'”
  • “Imogen Poots! Pajiba had a list awhile back with her name being one of the most British names ever.”
  • “I can’t imagine watching this in 3-D. The picture’s so dark already.”
  • The leather pants. Seriously. I love him. Don’t lie. You love him too.”

Colin Farrell in Fright NightObviously, my running commentary is totally intellectual. Yep. You know it, I know it, the mister knows it. Also, I may have been aided by red wine.

In short, yes, Fright Night is a very entertaining movie, beyond the novelty of David Tennant in eyeliner. I didn’t quite know what to expect when I first saw the previews, but I’m glad I came around.

I leave you with this:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5h58VZmuL4]

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Sara Habein

Sara Habein is the author of Infinite Disposable, a collection of microfiction, and her work has appeared on The Rumpus, Pajiba and Word Riot, among others. Her book reviews and other commentary appear at Glorified Love Letters, and she is the co-manager of Electric City Creative.

17 thoughts on “What I Watched Last Night: Fright Night”

  1. I originally watched this just because David Tennant is in it. I loved the original Fright Night so. much. when it first came out, I didn’t think this movie could match it. It was fantastic! I liked it so much! Of course my imaginary celebrity boyfriend David was perfect, but I really liked the rest of the cast and how they updated the story.

    The gifs downthread are making me feel the good kind of funny.

    1. I’m actually a big wuss about horror movies too, and I didn’t find this scary at all. There are some tense/thrilling moments, and yeah, a little gore that can get a bit gross, but it’s so fun and campy that it didn’t bug me at all. Give it a shot in the middle of the day :)

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