MV5BMTU2MDc0NDY0M15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwOTgzMTYyNQ@@._V1_SX214_AL_What’s it all about?

A teenager suspects that his new neighbour is a vampire.

Short and to the point.

Why did I want to watch this?

Fright Night is a remake of, unsurprisingly, Fright Night which I saw donkey’s years ago and enjoyed though it was a load of tosh in many ways. I decided to watch the new version because, well, David Tennant is in it. Wearing leather trousers. And eyeliner.

Oh, and it’s about vampires, obvs.

What did I think of it?

The first thing to say is that this isn’t a horror film, it’s monster movie. A fine distinction perhaps, but an important one for me because I didn’t find it at all scary, but did find it immensely enjoyable despite the fact that it is absolute nonsense. It’s stylish and the cast look like they’re having a whale of a time, which is often off-putting but here is absolutely fine.

In terms of the plot, there isn’t really one in the sense that the vampire appears, causes mayhem is dealt with and everything goes back to (relative) normality and it’s all in a bubble of unreality. Which is par for the course for this sort of movie, but did the school really not notice that kids were just failing to turn up, and Ed’s parents seemed remarkably unconcerned when he just disappears and no-one with authority seems that interested in injured Mums and blown up houses and it’s basically all down to Charley to deal with. Though of course he does (eventually) have help from Tennant’s Peter Vincent, magician, vampire hunter, drunk, and man with a secret past. As you do.

Colin Farrell makes a nicely charming vampire, prowling and predatory, I am developing quite a soft spot for Anton Yelchin (he was great in minor role in another vampire picture, Only Lovers Left Alive – one of my favourites of last year) and Tennant is an absolute hoot.

Oh, and the Chris Sarandon cameo was great, if far too brief.

So nothing earth-shattering or ground-breaking, nothing to move the genre forward, but a fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

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