'Fright Night' is comedy-horror film, which released in 2011 to good reviews and moderate box-office success. It is a remake of the 1985 made 'Fright Night', which was directed by Tom Holland. The original, which has become a cult classic received widespread critical acclaim and was a runaway surprise hit at the box-office.
Before I go any further, I love the 80's movie era and the original was a fantastic example of a good old entertaining horror for its time. The remake does not better the original but is a fine tribute. Final word, enjoyable.
The movie centers around Charley Brewster (Anton Yelchin) who suspects that his new neighbor (Colin Farrell) is a vampire.
The remake is fast-paced, retains the 80's feel, contains good special effects & funny witty dialogue. Also, the horror is competent with some frights and excitement.
Where it can't beat the original is on the spooky atmosphere and cool background music score.
Colin Farrell truly shines and I must say surprises as the main antagonist. Without him, I don't think the movie would've been that effective. Another actor who I enjoyed watching was David Tennant who enacts the role of magician, Peter Vincent. Although, his screen time is not generous, the comedy he produces is a highlight. Anton Yelchin is average as the lead teenager hero, however I preferred William Ragsdale from the original. Imogen Poots is passable as Yelchin's love interest.
Craig Gillespie's direction is successful as the final product is one of the top comedy-horror features of 2011.
This tribute veers more towards the comedy side whereas the 1985 version was more of a proper FRIGHT NIGHT. For me, the original is superior mainly due to its repeat viewing quotient.
The 2011 'Fright Night' is a perfect fun choice when you're up for a fusion of comedy and horror.