Release date: 2011
The idea of a remake of Fright Night was potentially going to be fraught. I mean, I started my review of the original stating it was “a classic vampire movie from the eighties” and defying “any fan of vampire films generally not to adore this film”. So, a tough act to follow but, by the very fact that I am not already wringing my hands and crying woe to the world, follow the act they did.
They did so by changing the entire timbre of the film in the remake and making it its own beast. They kept the same basic storyline – vampire moves into neighbourhood, kid finds out, challenges vampire and looks to help from icon who is less than iconic – but they changed the character dynamics and general order of events (as we will see the vampire is already moved in at the start of the film). They also changed the general feel, gone is the campness that harked to horror films past, the comedy is more or less excised and the film feels all the more modern and “real” for it.
|hiding in the slaughter|
|Charley and Amy|
|Colin Farrell as Jerry|
|Christopher Mintz-Plasse as Ed|
|Ed's last stand|
|Doris for dinner|
|explode in the sun|
|David Tennant as Peter Vincent|
|a lot of teeth|
|Chris Sarandon as Jay Dee|
|Peter Vincent's stage persona|
The imdb page is here.