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- Director: Craig Gillespie
- Writers: Marti Noxon (screenplay), Tom Holland (story)
- Stars: Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrell, David Tennant
- Release Date: August 2011
- Genre: Comedy, Horror
- Run Time: 106 min
You can’t run from evil when it lives next door.
Storyline: A remake of the 1985 original, teenager Charley Brewster (Yelchin) guesses that his new neighbor Jerry Dandrige (Farrell) is a vampire responsible for a string of recent deaths. When no one he knows believes him, he enlists Peter Vincent (Tennant), a self proclaimed vampire killer and Las Vegas magician, to help him take down Jerry.
Review: grew up with the original “Fright Night” and am a big fan. So when i heard a remake was being filmed I was skeptical. But then I read the cast and was somewhat excited. My excitement was justified as every actor in this reboot managed to make the character their own…something that is difficult when swallowing a remake. The film makes vampires what they should be…scary. Colin Farrell is excellent as the seductive and brooding Jerry. But David Tennant steals the show as the Las Vegas magician Peter Vincent. Tennant manages to carry the torch for Roddy McDowell, albeit for the face book generation. Anton Yelchin holds his own and is a real treat. The writers and director did a great job updating the story and changing the setting, while retaining some of the trademark scenes and one liners. Chris Sarandon even pops up in a cameo. The film is more tongue in cheek then the previous film but the humor blends perfect with the terror. A rare feat in todays often lame horror field. I don’t understand why this is bombing at the box office.
“Fright Night” is fun, scary, funny, and sexy. It’s also faithful in terms of remakes. It’s everything you want in a horror film…go see it.