Genre: Comedy, Horror
Director: Craig Gillespie
Starring: Colin Farrell, Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, David Tennant
Review: As a reviewer my job is to be honest, right? Well honestly, the only reason I watched this is because Colin Farrell is in it because I currently have a
massive slight obsession with him and honestly, I thought it was going to be awful. But actually, I was pleasantly surprised and although it was no where near the best film in the world, I really did thoroughly enjoy it. It’s a remake of the 1985 version which I haven’t actually seen and I expect is a lot scarier but it is about a boy called Charley who suspects his new neighbour, Jerry, is a vampire. He seeks help from vampire slayer, Peter Vincent to try and destroy him.
The thing that surprised me most about this film was the cast. Apart from Anton Yelchin (Charley) and Imogen Poots (Amy, Charley’s girlfriend) who I hadn’t previously seen in anything else, there were a fair few familiar faces for example Christopher Mintz-Plasse (McLovin’ in Superbad), Dave Franco, Colin Farrell and David Tennant. I prefer films which have a cast who I recognise and I can rarely get to grips with films where I don’t know any of the actors so this was definitely a bonus. The acting from the young cast wasn’t great but David Tennant, who played Peter Vincent, the vampire slayer was absolutely fantastic. You’re introduced to him when he’s in costume – a long leather coat, a long black wig and a fake beard and moustache – which he then takes off and I had no idea it was him.
Despite it being a bit cliché, I really enjoyed the storyline. I’m not a huge fan of vampires, Twilight officially ruined them for me, but this was a bit different and went for the more traditional route (as opposed to Edward Cullen, a vegetarian vampire who glitters in the sunlight). Whilst observing his neighbour, Charley confirms that all the old myths about vampires are in fact true when he sees Jerry demonstrating them, for example, not being able to come into their house without an invitation which I thought was interesting and a nice change. Overall, it’s not mind-blowing but I definitely thought it was enjoyable. Colin Farrell plays a very convincing and alluring vampire and I’d let him bite me any day.