Oh the things I will go see to support the Tenth Doctor. :) Actually though, Fright Night was far better than I expected and well worth the price of admission.
Charley (Yelchin) is a teenager trying to maintain his new popularity and hot girlfriend when he discovers his new neighbor is a vampire (Farrell). Horror and comedy ensue as he tries to survive and defeat evil, enlisting the help of Las Vegas performer Peter Vincent (Tennant).
The acting is pretty fantastic, especially by Farrell and Tennant. Farrell seems to revel in his evil role and plays it with a certain subtlety that is terrifying and engaging. Tennant absolutely steals the scenes he's in and gets full reign to just let loose in his role. Admittedly I adore him, but this was definitely new and different (imagine the Doctor with a gun or scratching his crotch - woah)!
If you approach this film as a B movie horror, with an effective mix of comedy and campiness, you will be really pleased. Everything was well executed from the direction to the score and there were even some surprises along the way in plot. The 3D adds an even greater, decades old campy feel to the film, but don't expect beautiful 3D cinematography. This is the old school "blood splatter" and "stakes at your face" kind of 3D, so if that doesn't sound like it would add to your experience, stick to 2D.
We discover that Colin Farrell is building an army of vampires out of his suburbian victims and after he turns the girl, it's up to Charley to defeat him. Joined by Vincent (who's parents where killed by Farrell when he was young), they attack the house during daylight. The climax of the film builds toward a rather inventive kill/death scene, that may or may not be considered by some as a little too pretty and convenient. But given the title of "Fright NIGHT", I rather like that it's an isolated event that wraps up with a pretty bow. And most refreshingly does not have a final scare to tease a sequel, but rather lets the audience feel closure and satisfaction that the good guys won.
Fright Night is not inventive or original or ground breaking. But it is a well executed film that is both scary and good fun. I give it a solid 4 out of 5.