Night Frights

Posted by Sherry Roit on Thursday, September 15, 2011


 Colin Farrell is yummy. I'd forgotten that, if but for a moment. Also, he's a good actor.

But this was more about the camp and the swagger, at which he also excels at times. Not always, but often enough for a dinner invitation.

For those who have yet to parse what I'm on about, allow me to 'splain. But first, allow me to back up.

A lovely woman whom I've known on and off online for approximately twelve years and consider no less a friend than someone I'd met in person, came to see me about a week and a half ago. I was thrilled. We were thrilled! And it was as if we'd known each other FOR EVER AND EVAH AND...you get the idea.

Some of my Immortals likely read blips on facebook and saw some photos.

Well! One thing we did whilst in Oregon, (Seaside) was see a film. A 9:10 showing at the quaint cinema and we were ALONE, and giddy for it. Ooo, private showing! It was a small screening room, but big enough to make a person feel rich and famous, big enough to have been built in your, oh, Hollywood mansion. We were excited that we could chill out and if we felt like commenting ala MST or whatever, we could and not get the stink eye from someone.

The film? FRIGHT NIGHT!

Some more back story:
When I first heard of this remake, I groaned, and ranted, rolled my eyes and stomped my foot. I said no way, the original works because of the cast! Because every single person had their tongue planted firmly in their cheeks! And it's a cult classic, for fuck sake!! I WILL NOT SEE IT OR THINK ABOUT IT!

Ehem. Obviously I changed my mind. Why, you ask? Well. I saw a trailer, and there was Colin. A real actor! Toni Collette. A really, really real actress! And it looked darker, and darker in its comedy. 

But still, I tried to resist. DAMN YOU COLIN IN FANGS. Sexy, yes, but no. NO. You are no Jerry Dandridge! No Chris Sarandon!

Then, some evil people that I trust, said they liked it. And I kinda, not-so-secretly said okay, maybe...maybe...

I MUST SEE IT!

Guess what? I LOVED IT. They didn't remake it. They rebooted it. They did their own thing, with inspiration from the original. And I got to thinking, that this is entirely in spirit with the original, for this and other, related reasons.

The original gives nods to many other films. C'mon. Peter Vincent? Anyone familiar with Hammer films recognizes that look, that type of character. There are many I probably don't even catch, but it's been mentioned. Well, my Immortals, the new one does the same thing. It pays homage to several other films, some more modern, and then, it pays homage to Fright Night itself. What could be more appropriate? Now, I didn't read reviews, I would think I'm not the only one to notice this, but if most missed it, that's...well that's ridiculous, I'll say it. It deserves credit for this.
 
Some of the films it references are obscure (at least to some people) but when I realized these things, it made it even more fun. 

Another plus is that it was more of the old-school thought that less is more. Strangely I did hear a semi-review or two that spoke of buckets of gore. Clearly these people haven't heard of Saw or many other horror films of the last handful of years. This Fright Night could've shown so much more than it did; it chose not to and was better for it. Do you see blood? OF COURSE. It's a vampire flick. But there is a lot left to imagine, a lot of half out of frame, or completely out of frame instances with sound to prompt the willies. There are previously unheard of moments (for some films) where our Star's face is half out of frame, rather Noir, building suspense.

Is it the most brilliant piece of cinema/horror ever created? No. But it's a lot better than some first impressions and many, many other films. 

As for the actors. I miss the original "Evil." But he was one of a kind, and it was better that no one attempt imitation. The "Evil" in this version had his moments and he suited his role. Charlie in this version, did a rather good job with his take. Toni took a small part and did her best with it, which is not shabby.

Best two for last. Is Colin a Christopher? Of course not. He never once attempted to be. He was a little more slimy, a little less suave at times, a little blue collar, a little snarky and oh, I could go on, but there were true moments of malice and sly grins that personally, worked for me. The "beer" scene was a fine example of tension with no blood shed.


And of course, the most talked about appearance was David Tennant. He deserved the accolades. He owned his part, it was funny as hell, over the top goodness. The dynamic between him and his costar (as it were, in Vegas where it's set) was fabulous.

So...when it comes out on DVD I will at last need to update my old VHS version of the original to DVD as well, so that I have the set.

ETA:
  Ah, and I forgot to say before. Jerry in the original, didn't have an express purpose. He was just doing what he likes to do. And that was fabulous. This version, Jerry is doing that, but he also has a plan...


Which was fabulous fodder for an ending! 


Tags: movies  fright night 
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Night Frights

Posted by Sherry Roit on Thursday, September 15, 2011


 Colin Farrell is yummy. I'd forgotten that, if but for a moment. Also, he's a good actor.

But this was more about the camp and the swagger, at which he also excels at times. Not always, but often enough for a dinner invitation.

For those who have yet to parse what I'm on about, allow me to 'splain. But first, allow me to back up.

A lovely woman whom I've known on and off online for approximately twelve years and consider no less a friend than someone I'd met in person, came to see me about a week and a half ago. I was thrilled. We were thrilled! And it was as if we'd known each other FOR EVER AND EVAH AND...you get the idea.

Some of my Immortals likely read blips on facebook and saw some photos.

Well! One thing we did whilst in Oregon, (Seaside) was see a film. A 9:10 showing at the quaint cinema and we were ALONE, and giddy for it. Ooo, private showing! It was a small screening room, but big enough to make a person feel rich and famous, big enough to have been built in your, oh, Hollywood mansion. We were excited that we could chill out and if we felt like commenting ala MST or whatever, we could and not get the stink eye from someone.

The film? FRIGHT NIGHT!

Some more back story:
When I first heard of this remake, I groaned, and ranted, rolled my eyes and stomped my foot. I said no way, the original works because of the cast! Because every single person had their tongue planted firmly in their cheeks! And it's a cult classic, for fuck sake!! I WILL NOT SEE IT OR THINK ABOUT IT!

Ehem. Obviously I changed my mind. Why, you ask? Well. I saw a trailer, and there was Colin. A real actor! Toni Collette. A really, really real actress! And it looked darker, and darker in its comedy. 

But still, I tried to resist. DAMN YOU COLIN IN FANGS. Sexy, yes, but no. NO. You are no Jerry Dandridge! No Chris Sarandon!

Then, some evil people that I trust, said they liked it. And I kinda, not-so-secretly said okay, maybe...maybe...

I MUST SEE IT!

Guess what? I LOVED IT. They didn't remake it. They rebooted it. They did their own thing, with inspiration from the original. And I got to thinking, that this is entirely in spirit with the original, for this and other, related reasons.

The original gives nods to many other films. C'mon. Peter Vincent? Anyone familiar with Hammer films recognizes that look, that type of character. There are many I probably don't even catch, but it's been mentioned. Well, my Immortals, the new one does the same thing. It pays homage to several other films, some more modern, and then, it pays homage to Fright Night itself. What could be more appropriate? Now, I didn't read reviews, I would think I'm not the only one to notice this, but if most missed it, that's...well that's ridiculous, I'll say it. It deserves credit for this.
 
Some of the films it references are obscure (at least to some people) but when I realized these things, it made it even more fun. 

Another plus is that it was more of the old-school thought that less is more. Strangely I did hear a semi-review or two that spoke of buckets of gore. Clearly these people haven't heard of Saw or many other horror films of the last handful of years. This Fright Night could've shown so much more than it did; it chose not to and was better for it. Do you see blood? OF COURSE. It's a vampire flick. But there is a lot left to imagine, a lot of half out of frame, or completely out of frame instances with sound to prompt the willies. There are previously unheard of moments (for some films) where our Star's face is half out of frame, rather Noir, building suspense.

Is it the most brilliant piece of cinema/horror ever created? No. But it's a lot better than some first impressions and many, many other films. 

As for the actors. I miss the original "Evil." But he was one of a kind, and it was better that no one attempt imitation. The "Evil" in this version had his moments and he suited his role. Charlie in this version, did a rather good job with his take. Toni took a small part and did her best with it, which is not shabby.

Best two for last. Is Colin a Christopher? Of course not. He never once attempted to be. He was a little more slimy, a little less suave at times, a little blue collar, a little snarky and oh, I could go on, but there were true moments of malice and sly grins that personally, worked for me. The "beer" scene was a fine example of tension with no blood shed.


And of course, the most talked about appearance was David Tennant. He deserved the accolades. He owned his part, it was funny as hell, over the top goodness. The dynamic between him and his costar (as it were, in Vegas where it's set) was fabulous.

So...when it comes out on DVD I will at last need to update my old VHS version of the original to DVD as well, so that I have the set.

ETA:
  Ah, and I forgot to say before. Jerry in the original, didn't have an express purpose. He was just doing what he likes to do. And that was fabulous. This version, Jerry is doing that, but he also has a plan...


Which was fabulous fodder for an ending! 


Tags: movies  fright night 
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