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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Colin Farrell
Toni Collette
Anton Yelchin
David Tennant
Imogen Poots
Christopher Mintz-Plasse.
Directors
Craig Gillespie.
Screenwriters
Marti Noxon.
Running Time
105 minutes

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Plot
Teenager Charley’s (Yelchin) life is going pretty well. He’s dating the gorgeous Amy (Poots), albeit at the expense of losing his geeky friend Ed (Mintz-Plasse), and is about to finish high school. But then he begins to suspect that new neighbour Jerry (Farrell) is a vampire.


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Fright Night
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The advent of a new neighbour is always a worry, especially if he turns out to be a vampire who has turned a blood-shot and hungry eye in your direction. That’s the scenario faced by Charley (Anton Yelchin) in this remake of the 1985 horror-comedy. In a film of several distinct phases, Charley goes from disbelief in vampirism to Cassandra-like prophet to Van Helsing wannabe, as Colin Farrell’s Jerry first toys with and then targets him.

The plot drags at first, so it’s a good thing that Yelchin’s a likable sort. Taller and more imposing than in his teenage roles in the likes of Alpha Dog, he now straddles the line between leading man and dweeby underdog — perfect for Charley, who’s recently undergone his own metamorphosis from geeky outcast to in-crowd boyfriend material for Imogen Poots’ game Amy. Yelchin’s a smart actor, which helps to sell some of Charley’s dumber decisions (don’t run upstairs!). He’s given feisty and funny support by his former best friend Ed (Christopher Mintz-Plasse, playing the same role he always does to good effect).

But this film lives or dies — as did its predecessor — with vampire Jerry and Peter Vincent (David Tennant), the showbiz vampire “expert” called in to consult. As Jerry, Farrell clearly has a ball, abandoning the guilt-ridden persona he’s played in so many recent films for an utterly amoral, remorseless killer who takes considerable glee in toying with mousy Charley before he destroys him. Mixing animalistic behaviour — some wild eye-rolling and sniffing the air — with considerable Irish charm, this, along with Horrible Bosses, suggests that Farrell is wasted playing (usually) nice guys. Tennant, dressed like a doppelgänger of Michael Sheen in Underworld, is hampered by the script’s refusal to give him any punchline that isn’t a profanity — swearing becoming the whole meal here rather than a condiment sprinkled on top.

As the pace builds, tension gives way to terror-attacks by the increasingly uninhibited Jerry and effects begin to come into play for the first time. Here the film missteps a bit, with truly unsettling transformations from human to vampire but a dissatisfying final result. A bit of CG gimmickry amuses but ultimately doesn’t add much — though the pace is exhilarating and the denouement pleasantly gory. Twilight, this ain’t.


Verdict
Funny and scary — and sometimes both at once — it lives up to the original, even if it fails to surpass it.


Reviewed by Helen O'Hara

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Although its not the best remake and i particularly take a dislike towards vamp film but this little comey gem really impressed with its comic yet sleazy humour and its frequent yet enjoyabl scares. Perhaps this could be in running for best horror. But i dont think it will be in the top five. Good film ... More

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Posted by jackcarlin18 at 17:23, 03 September 2012 | Report This Post


RE: Fright Night (2011)

Caught this on the tele last night, and overall it was a decent film. Entertaining, mildly scary and relatively good acting. The only thing which it lacked was the comedy. Yes, there was a few laughs here and there, but I wanted more. 3/5 ... More

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Posted by Ref at 14:47, 22 July 2012 | Report This Post


RE: Fright Night

Good to see that the film is geting some love now. ... More

Posted by NCC1701A at 11:20, 20 March 2012 | Report This Post


RE: Fright Night

I am a huge fan of the 80's original so looked forward to this with some trepadition. I needn't have worried, this is a fun vampire flick that will not tax the brain but will thrill the rest of you. Keeping the basic premise, but being it's own beast, Fright Night 2011 is well cast, looks good, and gets on with the story. There is a slight lull in the middle, but the last half hour makes up for it. Farrel plays Jerry Dandridge as a very sexualised vampire, who'd just as sooner screw you than dr... More

Posted by Sutty at 04:06, 20 March 2012 | Report This Post


RE: Fright Night

I am a huge fan of the 80's original so looked forward to this with some trepadition. I needn't have worried, this is a fun vampire flick that will not tax the brain but will thrill the rest of you. Keeping the basic premise, but being it's own beast, Fright Night 2011 is well cast, looks good, and gets on with the story. There is a slight lull in the middle, but the last half hour makes up for it. Farrel plays Jerry Dandridge as a very sexualised vampire, who'd just as sooner screw you than dr... More

Posted by Sutty at 04:06, 20 March 2012 | Report This Post


Underrated Fright Night

This film was great. Funny, scary, nice twists, great CGI, good ending. Tennant is awesome--funny, sexy, dirty, lazy. Why didn't this film do better? ... More

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Posted by lynnshep at 22:24, 23 February 2012 | Report This Post


Fright Night 3D: Review

Fright Night is an alright film. It had an alright story, alright cast and some cool scenes. The problems I had with this film is, it just wasen't as entertaining as the original and some scenes were boring. While I give them props for not completely copying the original it just wasen't as great as the original. I would recommend this film to be a rental. ... More

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Posted by Edward9630 at 01:04, 25 September 2011 | Report This Post


RE: Fright Night (2011)

SPOILERS!   I saw it last night and liked it. The 3D was good not great but good and David Tennent stole every scene h was in. The only bit that I didn`t buy was when Colin Farrell attacked those bullies in the car at dusk on the street. Why would he do that when he was trying to turn the neighbourhood behind their backs not scare them off. Mind you it was a very quiet street maybe he had already turned them I`m no sure. Was Chris Sarandon the guy who goes into the back of th car Toni ... More

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Posted by Cruisecontroller at 16:46, 21 September 2011 | Report This Post


Fright Night (2011)

Okay, so as a fan of the original Fright Night, I wasn't quite sure what to expect from this remake. As the release date drew closer and closer, I began to hear good things about the film, and how much of a cheese ball Colin Farrell was as Jerry the Vampire. This sounded good to me, because one of the best parts of the original was the hammy acting from Chris Sarandon. So, having my expectations being brought up from beyond those of any other remake I've seen, I went in being kind of excited, ho... More

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Posted by Wallace Crumpet at 03:29, 18 September 2011 | Report This Post


RE: FRIGHT NIGHT- FUNNY AND SCARY.

Saw this last night in 2D thankfully (at Shaftesbury avenue Cineworld) and really enjoyed it - perfectly fine without needing to pay extra for 3D. ... More

Posted by brucejackiejet at 10:44, 14 September 2011 | Report This Post


FRIGHT NIGHT- FUNNY AND SCARY.

Its always a worry when a new neighbour arrives, well lets just say my neighbours are total fucking assholes but I prefer them to the likes of Jerry in Fright Night. The storys a nice blend of comedy and horror, Anton Yelchin playing our hero Charley is one of the cool kids, he went from geek to cool and due to that he now has a very pretty girlfriend Amy (Imogen Poots.) and Charley has come to neglect his former best friend "Evil" Ed Lee. Charley is living the good life until Ed co... More

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Posted by lewisb548 at 17:06, 10 September 2011 | Report This Post


RE: Fright Night

SPOILERS.... This was entertaining enough, though the 3-D was utterly pointless and served no good purpose for the film whatsoever. The only times I really noticed it were during vampire death scenes, and rather than engage, the effects were a distraction: CGI sparks etc floating around the screen looked so out of place when compared to the rest of the film. Final Destination 5 was a horror film that knew how to use 3-D effectively. I always liked the original Fright Night, and much ... More

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Posted by skeletonjack at 14:36, 09 September 2011 | Report This Post


RE: Fright Night

I went to see Fright Night last night and I wasn't sure what to expect but I enjoyed it! I'm not really into Twilight and all this vampire hype but it was an easy watch and had some familiar faces in it. Maybe if I matched the resultsd make my own vampire film?! haha. Good film, easy watch and the 3D effects are really good!. ... More

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Posted by graw123 at 12:35, 08 September 2011 | Report This Post


RE: Fright Night

A clever, funny, sardonic post-Twilight take on the Vampire canon with expert direction, a gelled cast, pacy script and consummately realised action. These are just NONE of the things that can be said about Fright Night.  Dull, plodding, unfunny, with a sparkless cast conveying a common interest in cashing a cheque at the end of it.  It is incredibly 'unknowing' too.  It mentions Twilight once where one character churlishly d... More

Posted by demoncleaner at 10:46, 07 September 2011 | Report This Post


RE: Helen gets it right

While I'm a fan of the original I wasn't overly horrified at the thoughts of a remake so went into this with an open mind. I thought it was great fun which is just as it should be. The whole cast seemed to be enjoying themselves, Farrell in particular had a blast - I wished he was onscreen more. It was funny enough & gory enough and moved at a cracking pace. All in all a very good remake in my opinion. ... More

Posted by mackey at 22:30, 06 September 2011 | Report This Post


RE: Helen gets it right

I checked on the Cineworld app and their only cinema showing it in 2D is Shaftsbury Avenue in the West End which seems odd and inconvient for many in London as its more expensive to go there. Normally 2D is available in almost as many cinemas and is the norm after its been out for a while. I`m reluctant to see it in 3D as most of the action is going to be obviously at night and even if it has been filmned in 3D I`m not sure I`m going to be able to see whats going on clearly. I couldn`t see... More

Posted by Cruisecontroller at 15:06, 06 September 2011 | Report This Post


RE: Helen gets it right

Not as bad as some of these remakes!  Lacks the original's charm and best scenes, but is just about different enough to its existence, with the darker tone working okay, though weakened a bit by mediocre CGI. Farrell is superb, though Tennent just seems to be playing Jack Sparrow! 6/10 ... More

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Posted by Dr Lenera at 10:50, 05 September 2011 | Report This Post


Helen gets it right

I really enjoyed Farrell and Tennant and basically that's all the movie needed to nail. The rest was parsley. Good review empire. ... More

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Posted by sephiroth7 at 01:00, 04 September 2011 | Report This Post


RE: Fright Night

Huge Fright Night fan and I hated the re-make.   Everything that was good about the original they changed and the treatment of the character "Evil Ed!" was abysmal!.....   Farrell was pretty good and I have to put my hand on my heart and say that the escape from the house that had that killer twist was outstanding, but the rest.......sorry but there it lacked the heart and fun of the first and for me there will only ever be one Peter Vincent!...   Sorry Fright Night 2... More

Posted by HughesRoss at 23:31, 03 September 2011 | Report This Post


Fright Night

I thought it was great, a perfect mix of humor and horror. Farrell is great as a vampire, and it actually uses 3D pretty effectively (and I'm not a fan). ... More

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Posted by Whistler at 21:07, 03 September 2011 | Report This Post


RE: Fright Night

Haven't seen the original, so can't compare it to that. But as it stands on its own, I really enjoyed it. The first 30-ish minutes were a tad slow/underwhelming. But the final hour+ was great. Farrel and Tennant were the highlights, cheesing up the place no end with their slightlyperformances. The action and gore levels in the last half were also top notch. (Liked the continuous shot of Jerry attacking the escaping vehicle) I'm no fan of 3D but obviously HAD to watch this in the format, ... More

Posted by captainrentboy at 18:50, 03 September 2011 | Report This Post


RE: Fright Night

L: Bighousewill Guys guys go and watch the 3D version it is a true SHOT in 3D movie there for it is not a con the 3D here is good and it is genuine and it enhances the experience so watch the 3D this is the real deal. 'm not boycotting the 3D version due to hatred of 3D, it's the fact that I actually i] watch it due to my dodgy lazy eye.  ... More

Posted by Shifty Bench at 17:51, 03 September 2011 | Report This Post


RE: What a shame

L: theoriginalcynic How much does a 3D ticket cost where you live? Our cineworld is £7.80, cheaper on certain days.  Plus they do a card for £14.99 a month - unlimited films.  10.10 at Cineworld Gloucester after 5pm weekdays and weekends,  £8.70 before 5pm weekdays - unfortunatly I work for a living. Where's your Cineworld £7.80 aint bad! It is truly great that the film was shot in real 3D but not everyone likes watching or can't watch 3D it's more expensive, a... More

Posted by gordonsalive at 17:25, 03 September 2011 | Report This Post


So-so, overall and is an ersatz version of the original. Doesn't establish its own raison d'etre.

They changed the foundations for the worse, here and barely any character was remotely likeable, forget being scary and/or funny enough. I probably laughed twice. You've got a bland lead, his annoying friends, Mintz Plasse typecasted nerd again, his sweet but so-so girlfriend, a neighbourhood sex pest vampire, Russell Brand-lite and the underutilised mum. I'm too tepid towards most of the protagonists. Even if I hadn't seen the original, this still wouldn't have been more than a 4/10, for me.... More

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Posted by sunnygirly2k4 at 15:52, 03 September 2011 | Report This Post


RE: Great Fun.

A great film with good performances form the cast. One of the few remakes that actually works. 4/5. ... More

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