A teenager suspects that his new neighbour is a vampire.
A remake of the 1985 horror classic, Fright Night 3D stars Anton Yelchin as Charley Brewster, a high school student who realises his next-door neighbour Jerry (Colin Farrell) is a vampire. Charley must find a way to stop Jerry from turning his entire suburb into a fang-bearing army, but first has to convince his mother (Toni Collette) and girlfriend (Imogen Poots) that he is telling the truth. David Tennant appears as flamboyant Las Vegas magician Peter Vincent (or Russell Brand does the occult) who dismisses Charley’s claims but harbours a large collection of antique stakes and holy water.
The titular 3D is largely irrelevant, serving to throw a few blood splatters at the audience, but is triumphant as a return to decent horror comedy. Farrell is on fine form and Yelchin is promising as a superior Shia Labeouf replacement. Christopher Mintz-Plasse (best know as McLovin) provides some laughs as Charley’s friend Ed, and Tennant amusingly clowns around in leather for the most part, and original Fright Night star Chris Sarandon turns up (to the delight of the FrightFest audience). With writer Marti Noxon (formerly of Buffy) at the helm, the success of this funny and entertaining pop at the vampire genre is unsurprising.