Rapid Review: Fright Night (2011)

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“I really hate to be the one to tell you this, but that guy, your neighbor; yeah, he’s a vampire man.”
– “Evil” Ed Thompson

SYNOPSIS: Teenager Charley Brewster guesses that his new neighbor Jerry Dandrige is a vampire responsible for a string of recent deaths. When no one he knows believes him, he enlists Peter Vincent, a self proclaimed vampire killer and Las Vegas magician, to help him take down Jerry. – via IMDB

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I have a soft spot for this movie. I went it for it totally blind the first time I saw it, I didn’t know it was a remake or anything, and I had a total blast. It’s stupidly entertaining and I was interested throughout, and had a good time with the humour. I also really enjoy Yelchin, and his portrayal as Charley was spot on. He really gets that silly, quirky character every time. I always love seeing a grittier vampire film, and this was it. No love story. No softness, nothing. Colin Farrell was a great Jerry, too. He was menacing, he was crazy, and he totally fit the role. Let’s not forget David Tennant, either. What a chop, but oh, so enjoyable. And then McLovin Christopher Mintz-Plasse. I wish, wish, wish he had gotten more screen time, but he did own whenever he was on. Charley is an awesome character – it is hilarious to watch this high school student desperately try to maintain a relationship, be taken seriously, be a hero, and kill a vampire, all rolled into one. I liked the effects, too, nothing over the top, but not so bad you cringe while watching. I enjoyed the movie’s pacing, too, as it gives enough time to set up and then dives right into the action, too. I really need to get to watching the original, seeing as I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Fright Night is a fun watch that doesn’t require too much investment, and gives us nastier, more creepy vampires again, plenty humour and good effects. I could definitely recommend this movie for a watch.

29 thoughts on “Rapid Review: Fright Night (2011)

  1. Awesome review Zoe and totally agree with you, I genuinely think this is one of the best horror remakes I’ve seen, so much fun and works REALLY well! 🙂

    I always call him McLovin too haha!

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  2. I’m a huge fan of this movie—I also have a soft spot for it—because although it’s a remake of an absolute classic (and probably one of the best vampire movies ever made) it tries to do its own thing and has a blast while doing it.

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  3. I’m a big fan of the original. Chris Sarandon was great as the neighbor vampire Jerry in the 85 version , but I thought Colin Farrel’s take on the character was just right for today’s audiences. His laconic Bro’ approach lives in the Vegas setting for this rendition.


    1. It’s great to hear so many people that enjoyed/loved the original liked this one so much. Seems it worked well for numerous reasons.


  4. Great review! Glad to hear it’s fun. As I (of course) adore the original, I was far too snobby to watch this. But I really should anyway as I like Yelchin. I’m sure it can’t be as bad as the Nightmare on Elm Street remake!!!! Lol. But what can?! : )

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    1. Ah… The List xD Would love to hear your thoughts if you check it out sometime. I would recommend it if you are looking for a bit of fun.


  5. I saw this a while back and yes you’re right, it is really entertaining. I haven’t seen the original but as far as remakes go, this was a pretty good one.


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