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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GRADE 7.5

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.

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

  1. emmakwall says:

    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. Ryan says:

    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. 70srichard says:

    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.

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  4. table9mutant says:

    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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  5. Liam says:

    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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