So I spent my Sunday afternoon in a dark theater, wearing dorky glasses, and munching overpriced, yet absolutely perfect popcorn. Lou and I had been eagerly anticipating the release of the remake of one of my favorite films of all time, Fright Night. Yesterday was the only day that we could fit it into the schedule, and as a bonus, our local theater had just been reopened under new management. Freshly cleaned and updated with dazzling new technology, the theater was a very pleasant place to be as we anxiously awaited the start of what would our first 3D experience in many years.
This was especially exciting for me as there were at least two years of my life, I believe between the age of ten and twelve, when I watched the original almost every day. I loved that movie. I still do. I have always been a fan of the horror genre, but if I had to pick, I could easily say that my all time favorite movies are the vampire ones. There’s just something about them. I will watch ANY vampire movie, regardless of how ridiculous it may seem. In fact, I will even put up with sparkly ones, though they aren’t my favorites. I’m actually more annoyed by the fact that they don’t have fangs, but then again, there were no fangs in Near Dark either, and that movie rocked! But I digress.
I’ve decided that this week I will do a post about my feelings on this film. No worries, there will be no plot spoilers here, just my honest opinion of this remake. So upon entering the theater and buying a ticket, this movie already had about 5 points in it’s favor, just by virtue of being a vampire movie. Subtract 3 points for the 3D, I absolutely despise 3D, and it was still a good 2 points ahead of the game. I will refrain from using points for the rest of the post. I hate math about as much as I hate 3D. Let’s get back to this.
I am generally as skeptical of a remake as the next guy…er…gal, and this was no different. To date, the only remakes that I have truly appreciated have been Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th. I’m not saying that these films were superior to the originals, only that they were respectful and good enough to stand alone. The remake of Halloween just pissed me off. I mean, seriously! Half of what makes Michael Myers so scary is because we know he was evil from childhood, but don’t know why. Throw in some abuse and Viola! He’s just some schmuck with every reason to be crazy. We have enough of those people in real life.
I promised an opinion of Fright Night, but I’m not really sure I know how I feel about it. It wasn’t great. It was different enough from the original that I wasn’t trying to compare it much. The only things I really did compare were the characters of Charlie and Evil Ed, and I liked neither. With Charlie I was left with a feeling of apathy, I didn’t really care what happened to him either way. Evil Ed on the other hand pissed me off. As one of the most colorful characters in the first movie, this kid just didn’t pull it off. He was whiny and a bit pathetic.
The majority of the movie was really quite bad, but the last twenty minutes seemed to save the film. I despised Colin Farrell as the vampire for the most part, but he really seemed to get it together at the end. There were some final scenes that were really fantastic, but I don’t know if that makes the movie good. I will say that I found it acceptable. I am looking forward to seeing the movie in 2D, before I fully form an opinion, since the 3D is such a distraction. It was much better than when I was a kid, but it’s still such a gimmick.
I guess that’s it. The movie was acceptable as a horror film, I certainly didn’t leave feeling as though I wanted my 40 bucks back, but maybe 10 or 20 of it. They will continue to remake the movies we love, and we will continue to feel conflicted about it. Such is life. I actually heard that they are planning to remake Dirty Dancing. Now that’s scary…..