August 20, 2011

Fright Night Attendance Disappointing

August 20, 2011  

Until I heard that David Tennant was going to be in a Fright Night remake I had never heard of it. Never came across it on TV. Never accidentally discovered it in a store. Never read about it anywhere. But now that there's a new one you would think a movie channel would play the original or Best Buy or Target might have it. You'd be wrong. It's times like these I still miss Media Play. They really did have everything. So glad Amazon exists.

Anyway, I loved the movie and will be getting it as soon as it's released on Blu-ray. Tennant was pitch-perfect, full of heart and humor, but when is he not? Colin Farrell was appealing and menacing at the same time, so creepy. And I've loved Yelchin since Hearts in Atlantis. He is definitely a talented actor. The proof is in the scene where Charley is trying to rescue a girl from Jerry's house and Yelchin completely convinced me of his terror. Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Imogen Poots, and Toni Collette were also great in their roles.

It left me wanting a bit more, though. I guess that's better than wanting less. It felt about 15 minutes too short. Well, that's what sequels are for. I hope. Sadly, there were only five other people in the theater and just one seemed like he was really having a good time. I haven't ever been so conscious of laughing in my life. It almost messed with my own enjoyment. Maybe it was my mistake going on a Friday, but everywhere else was almost as busy as any weekend. And @TimeGeek has been complaining about the same thing. Maybe it will do better today or bigger markets will eventually pick up the slack. Crossing my fingers. Or maybe they just screwed up in marketing, like not showing enough humor or Tennant. Or maybe it should have come out in October so people would be more in the mood. I'm the only one in my family that had any desire to go. These are the same people who love comedy horror and vampires, so what's wrong with this picture?

Be sure to read the excellent reviews from Robert Berg and Dread Central. Also, Random Geeky Thoughts About Random Geeky Things found a great, spoiler-free quote about Tennant.

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