So there I am, sitting on the couch watching tv and enjoying a lovely dinner when I see a preview for the next thing in vampire movies. Fright Night.
I sit and stare at the television, watching images of Colin Farrell flicker across the screen in various forms of “vampdom”. The sexy new neighbor, the suspicious character coming out, and finally the full on vampire in all his glory. All of this comes flying at you in sixty seconds of “hey look what we did” glory and I’m left sitting there able to think of only one response…
IT’S ABOUT TIME!
I’m not quite sure when I began to lose my faith in the allure of vampires. I can remember the younger years when I would watch a movie and the vampire hero (or menace) would manage to be dark, brooding, sexy, AND kick major a$$. He was at times wicked, I mean let’s face it if they can’t all be good guys. That would just be boring. At other times he was the romantic, tortured hero who just needed to be loved. There were many variations but, to this para-fan, they all had one thing in common.
When the chips were down you didn’t mess with the vampire because he could kick some serious a$$.
So when did that all seem to go downhill and leave us looking at vampires as pouting, spoiled, shells of what the myth was meant to be? When did people stop loving the bad boys of the vampire world? Heck, even when you knew he was gonna end up dead thanks to the “hero” you still loved watching that dark and sexy bad man flash his fangs and tear up the town. Now you’re lucky if you can get past the whining, moping, yo-yo relationships, and general prissiness that I seem to always see when watching a vampire movie anymore. And let’s not even discuss the sparkling, shall we? That just makes me want to cry.
So when I saw the preview for Fright Night I felt my hopes instantly inflate after several years of feeling just “meh” about any new vamp movies out there. Here you have it, Colin Farrell in all his dark, sexy hotness playing a vampire that, if you’ve ever seen the original film, you know is heading for a bad end. He’s not the hero of this flick, folks. Nope. He’s the bad guy. The vampire who’s out to get you, fangs flashing and evil in the air. And I personally can’t wait to see the mayhem.
One can only hope that Colin can do the vampire world proud. Be the dark sexy that seems to define the genre and still manage to be a bad-a$$ while doing it. Its been years since I’ve seen a vampire that appealed to me, even the ones who are the bad guys, and I’m really hoping that maybe this latest installment to the vampire movie lineup can bring back a resurgence of what the legend used to be.
But of course, that’s just one fan’s opinion.