FILM REVIEW: Fright Night (2011)

Very rarely in the horror genre do we stumble upon a really worthwhile remake.

Off the top of my head the only remakes which I have really enjoyed have been Friday the 13th, My Bloody Valentine and Piranha, oh and the Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

All of them films offered us something different than the original, whislt keeping the basis of the storyline similiar; this is definitely the case with Fright Night.

The original; a cult hit in 1985 told the story of Charlie Brewster, the happy-go-lucky teenager who finds out he’s living next door to a vampire.

Here the premise is largely the same but Brewster and co. are relocated to a small town on the outskirts of Las Vegas, Nevada.

Charlie is played this time by Anton Yelchin (Star Trek 2009), and Jerry the vampire is portrayed by Colin Farrell, with Brit David Tennant taking the role of Peter Vincent.

The story is very straight forward, but the subtle updates added to it make for it a very entertaining ride, which is helped hugely by the cast who all put on excellent performances.

But it Farrell who steals the show as gets the balance right, as the seductive and menacing vampire; but he is run a very close second by Tennant who laps it up as wannabe vampire hunter, and booze hound Vincent.

Vincent is portrayed as more of a rock star than the traditional vampire hunter from the original, here you will find him in leather pants rather than a long coat.

‘Evil’ Ed is back as well played by Christopher Mintz-Plasse (McLovin from Superbad), but is underused slightly as the geeky sidekick before his transformation. His face-off with Charlie and girlfriend Amy at Vincent’s mansion in Vegas is one of the highlights of the film.

Brutal when it needs to be, Fright Night is one of the finest remakes certainly of the modern horror era, they even make a joke about Twilight, so what’s not to like?


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