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Fright Night (R)
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This is a 2011 remake of a 1985 movie, but I hadn't seen the original when I watched this. Anyway... There's this high school guy named Charley Brewster (Anton Yelchin), who lives with his mom, Jane (Toni Collette); his dad split at some point in the past. And he has a girlfriend named Amy (Imogen Poots). And a new neighbor named Jerry (Colin Farrell) moves next door to Charley and his mother. And Charley's old friend Ed (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) warns him that Jerry is a vampire, but Charley doesn't believe him, because obviously that sounds crazy. Plus Charley is hanging out with "cooler" kids these days, so wants to leave his dweebish past behind. However, it soon turns out that Ed was right about Jerry. Eventually, Charley seeks help from a TV vampire slayer illusionist named Peter Vincent (David Tennant). Peter doesn't want to help at first, but he will eventually. And of course Charley's mom and Amy don't believe Charley at first when he tells them Jerry is a vampire, but eventually they have to believe.

And... I don't really know what else to say. There were some funny bits, and scary bits, and badass bits, and some of it was kind of clever, and some of it didn't really make sense. For most of the movie I just felt like... okay, stuff was happening. It seemed to me that there was a sort of randomness to it all that felt like reality, and I'm not sure if that's a good or bad thing. But eventually the movie started seeming cool to me. It's not something I think I'll ever care to see again, but I guess it was fun to see it once.

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