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"Fright Night 3D" (Blu-ray 3D) - Reviewed by Adrian Wittenberg

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Synopsis

When Charlie (Anton Yelchin) is asked by his geeky friend Ed (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) to investigate the absence of their friend, Charlie doesn't believe Ed's idea that their friend was killed by vampires.  Furthermore Charlie doesn't believe Ed when Ed tells him that his new neighbor Jerry (Colin Farrell) is a very strong vampire.  Charlie soon starts seeing clues that perhaps Ed's idea was true and his curiosity leads him to his own investigation.  When Charlie learns that Jerry is in fact a vampire, he seeks out master of all things macabre specialist Peter Vincent (David Tennant) to help him come up with a plan to kill the vampire.

Specifications

  • Disney
  • 2011, Color, Rated R, 1 Hr 46 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Codec: MPEG-4 MVC
  • 1080p
  • English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring: Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrell, Imogen Poots, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, David Tennant
  • Directed by Craig Gillespie
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: Suggestive
  • Language: Yes

Commentary

Fright Night 3D is more humorous than it is scary and I'd say that the choices made for the cast play a large part in it.  Anytime a film uses self deprecating but realistic humor like the kind you'll find in Superbad or Role Models, the humor will go a long way in watering down any kind of a frightening element.  Therefore, I would have liked to see this film play more to the strengths of the actors and be more of a comedy with a horror theme than be a gory vampire flick that barely pushes on the gas pedal.  I did enjoy the acting of Anton Yelchin, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Imogen Poots, and David Tennant quite a bit though, and they all worked very well together.  Fright Night 3D uses the 3D element most of the time to add depth to the scenes, which is pretty decent, but at times throws some flashy effects at the audience with effects such as vampires exploding into dust and some arrows flying out at the screen.  The 3D implementation in this film wasn't strong enough to make it a necessary part of the movie watching experience though.  This film will probably be received best by teenagers looking to see massloads of blood late at night with some snazzy special effects and somewhat entertaining performances by trendy actors.

Technical

This film's visuals are a little bit on the weak side with a lack in overall contrast.  Flesh tones are lacking in warmth and people look rather pale.  There are many dark scenes and none are very subtle as to create any kind of dramatic visuals.  The special effects in this film are done fairly well with some stylistic shots using variations in frame rate as well as some really nice vampire specific effects.  The 3D elements in this movie are often suffering from ghosting and at times look completely out of focus.  In the scenes where Charlie is in the classroom the students in the right corner of the screen almost have a full double image.  This film's 7.1 DTS Master Audio track is definitely one of the strong suits of the film and it is probably the most convincing element of making this movie one bit scary.  The audio makes excellent use of spaciousness as well as the LFE channel in this film. 

Extras

Extras include deleted and extra scenes, a muisc video by Kid Cudi called "No One Believes Me", a short featurette on making a comedy horror movie, a silly advertising clip for Peter Vincent's tv show that is very Spinal Tapesque, and some bloopers.  The extras in this film are geared more towards the comedy element of the film and I found some of them to be amusing.