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Fright Night (2011)



Average Rating: 6.3/10
Reviews Counted: 163
Fresh: 117 | Rotten: 46

It may not have been necessary to remake the 1985 cult classic, but the new Fright Night benefits from terrific performances by Colin Farrell and David Tennant -- and it's smart, funny, and stylishly gory to boot.


Average Rating: 6.4/10
Critic Reviews: 30
Fresh: 24 | Rotten: 6

It may not have been necessary to remake the 1985 cult classic, but the new Fright Night benefits from terrific performances by Colin Farrell and David Tennant -- and it's smart, funny, and stylishly gory to boot.



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Senior Charlie Brewster (Anton Yelchin) finally has it all-he's running with the popular crowd and dating the hottest girl in high school. In fact, he's so cool he's even dissing his best friend Ed (Christopher Mintz-Plasse). But trouble arrives when an intriguing stranger Jerry (Colin Farrell) moves in next door. He seems like a great guy at first, but there's something not quite right-and everyone, including Charlie's mom (Toni Collette), doesn't notice. After witnessing some very unusual


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Dec 13, 2011


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All Critics (165) | Top Critics (30) | Fresh (117) | Rotten (46) | DVD (15)

A boring revamp, with dull 3D effects, insipid teenage protagonists and only sporadically scary outbursts of neck-biting, crucifix-wielding and staking through the heart.

August 31, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comment (1)
Time Out
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Colin Farrell's performance as Jerry is the pulsing, stakeable heart of the movie.

August 19, 2011 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Comments (17)
Entertainment Weekly
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Farrell is all darting eyes, facial ticks and macho confidence. He never goes over the top, he's not a showy actor, but he's clearly relishing his role and eating it up with abandon. He makes this a Night to remember.

August 19, 2011 Full Review Source: Detroit News | Comments (3)
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A remarkably confident remake that boasts its own pleasures more often than not.

August 19, 2011 Full Review Source: | Comments (5)
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The new Dreamworks/Disney teen horror comedy, Fright Night, falls into the better-than-expected category.

August 19, 2011 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Comments (8)
Globe and Mail
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Voilà! Black magic.

August 19, 2011 Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Comments (8)
Rolling Stone
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This creepy and well-made drama offers up a few light-hearted moments to go along with its scares.

June 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Big Hollywood
Big Hollywood

Fright Night is an easily digested horror that doesn't rise above being just decent.

February 28, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

The script by TV writer-producer Marti Noxon is so unimaginative that people are actually called "douchebag!" in four different scenes.

February 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

Can a 3D horror movie be a thing of beauty? In the case of this gorgeously shot remake, the answer is "Yes!"

January 13, 2013 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Remake or not, if you're going to make a vampire movie in 2011, you'd better at least try to do something original. Something. Anything.

September 28, 2012 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

Overall, this is an improvement over the 1985 version of the film, but there are still some issues with the story that needed to be worked out.

September 19, 2012 Full Review Source:

...just another in a long line of needless horror remakes...

June 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Just a messy reworking with no grasp on its premise or its concept.

June 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed | Comments (4)
Cinema Crazed

Fright Night has some rough patches, but the film is entertaining through-and-through, largely thanks to Colin Farrell's predatory performance.

January 29, 2012 Full Review Source: IGN DVD

While it's unspooling, it has enough visual snap, narrative tension, and humor for a satisfying 'drive-in movie' diversion. [3D Blu-ray]

January 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

It's not that the Fright Night remake is that bad. It's just not that good.

January 6, 2012 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

... A tight little horror movie, well staged and acted, and with a fair amount of comedy sprinkled among the scares.

December 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

Just because it's more than 25 years old doesn't mean a movie needs to be remade. The 1985 movie 'Fright Night' is still enjoyable and quite entertaining. Now here's an above-average remake that adds a few changes, along with 3-D.

December 22, 2011 Full Review Source: KWQC-TV (Iowa)
KWQC-TV (Iowa)

A cast limited in number but overflowing in healthy cell count and talent makes for a superior bloodfest here.

December 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Cinema Signals
Cinema Signals

Another week, another remake of a 1980s flick! As someone once said it is as if Hollywood is deciding which movies to make by flipping through their DVD collection!

December 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Sci-Fi Movie Page
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November 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses | Comment (1)
Movies for the Masses

Be it in two dimensions or three, Fright Night is a bloody bucket-load of fun.

October 11, 2011 Full Review Source: Moviedex

The movie peaks far too early in its battle of wills over property lines but a good time at the movies is as infectious as vampirism, and more highly recommended.

September 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Experience
Film Experience

Fright Night 3D qualifies as a successful entry in a tricky genre - blending flip humour and emotional intensity in a way that feels true after its fashion to the facts of teenage life.

September 16, 2011 Full Review Source: The Age (Australia)
The Age (Australia)

Takes inspiration from the 1985 film but runs its own race with a few nice tweaks.

September 16, 2011 Full Review Source: MovieTime, ABC Radio National
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

Audience Reviews for Fright Night


While at first glance I dreaded a remake of the 1980's cult classic "Fright Night" to the belief that it would turn out to be as dull and dissapointing as the rest of the new wave of pointless rehashes. That it would fail in all departments in living up to the original it possibly could. Due entirely to a lack of justification for it's very existence. It sort of does but sort of doesn't. But the fact of the matter is that the new Fright Night is surprisingly a very smart, very funny, very gory, fantastically entertaining horror comedy that gives you exactly what it is that you pay to see. Craig Gillespie was right to choose Colin Farrell as the menacing and silently blood thirsty bad guy. There's no exception in that all the performances are great and are arguably the most entertaining aspects of the film. Christopher Mintz-Plasse has fun with his usual shtick although lowers it down slightly in tone, as he recieves a role in which he can lash out angrily despite not reaching the comedic and scary heights of his brilliant role in Kick-Ass. David Tennant however, is the ultimate harbinger of tear dripping, laugh out loud hilarity. If it was up to me I would be casting him in every single upcoming horror comedy simply because he is an energetic master of comedy. He get's a very raunchy and sweary role in this and i'm glad that it happened. The gore, the main attraction besides the actors, is also very good. Overall, the film is not as blood soaked as I wanted it to be but it managed to make up for it with some impressive moments of genuine suspense and panic. It's also very stylistically filmed featuring some dark and murky yet beautiful cinematography. I'd say it's definitely directed with enough style to classify it as a cut above the usual horror flick production stable. However even as it manages to tick all the boxes for light hearted, single viewing entertainment it is still incredibly unremarkable. But that's not a bad thing at all, it could have been a lot worse. Again it's in one ear and out the other. But while it lasts, it's absolutely terrific fun.
November 25, 2012
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Featuring top-of-the-line frights, suspense, and even bursts of comedic wit; Fright Night is a sensational scare fest and a welcome change from what's passing for Vampire-themed entertainment these days. Colin Farrell displays an impressive swagger, but its never too much. He's a superior vampire to the lovesick wimps in Twilight or The Vampire Diaries. Farrell plays a charming, cunning killer - closer to Lugosi, Frank Langella, or George Hamilton. I also liked the Charley character (Anton Yelchin); he's got enough backbone to carry himself through his vampire-killing quest .Charley's supposed friend Evil Ed (McLovin) is too hilarious to describe. Girlfriend Imogen Poots is believable and hot, and horror entertainer Peter Vincent, played by David Tennant, is fantastic.

Fright Night certainly beats the pack of teen horrors movies lately. Infinitely better than the Twilight saga, it even manages a clever put-down of that teen angst fest. Well-shot and directed (Las Vegas locale an inspired touch), if you'll forgive my cliché, this movie is wickedly funny
August 28, 2012
Clintus M.
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Of course its nowhere near the awesomeness of the original, but it still has an energy of its own that makes it an enjoyable flick that plays by the old school vampire rules. Sure I may have some biased based upon the fact that I'm comparing this film to the original, but it is still good for a viewing.
July 6, 2012
Chris Miele

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Directed by Craig Gillespie, Albuquerque Studios, 2011, Starring Colin Farrell, Anton Yelcin, Toni Collette, David Tennant and Imogen Poots.

Genre: Comedy, Horror

Question: Do you ever decide that you want to conquer your fears because you are tired of being so scared? Well, let me tell you I just tried facing my fear of horror movies with Fright Night today. It was a bad idea - a very bad idea.

I should tell you I saw the original and didn't find that one all that scary and I love a good vampire story (and Colin Farrell as a vampire - I mean, come on!). So I was kind of thinking I could handle this one, no problem. Well, I was wrong - very, very wrong. However, it wasn't so much the movie that scared me but what led up to it. It sort of made me rethink the whole conquering fear thingy.

First, I show up to the theatre thinking it starts at 10:45am. I wanted that show because that was the only one that wasn't 3D. But when I get there the first showing wasn't until 11:00am and it was 3D. Damn! Fine...

So, then I get into the theatre and take my seat and realized I didn't have my headphones. I usually sit in the theatre and listen to my IPod so as to block out others and avoid hearing the previews. Damn! Previews start and here is where the chicken that I am starts to take a hold...

The first preview is The Thing where the lead character's name was Kate. I remember John Carpenter's version and that one scared me to tears but the "Kate" thing started my heart pounding a little. Next preview: Paranormal Activity 3 starts with two little girls where the oldest girl is called Katie. Ummm, perhaps I should mention now that my name is Katy.

Alright, still having to listen to (and sometimes peek at) the previews with eerily haunting music playing, people screaming or calling for help, and then hearing my name a few times I started to panic a little. However, I really started freaking out when I realized I was the only one in the entire theatre. My heart started pounding more, my legs soon curled up to my chest and I started wanting my stuffed animal from my youth, Herman the whale. And the movie hadn't even started yet.

Next preview: Don't Be Afraid of the Dark starring Katie Holmes. Really!! Next preview was for Straw Dogs starring Kate Bosworth. I AM NOT KIDDING!! Yes, I am actually freaking out because every horror movie preview they are showing has my name or a variation of my name somehow connected to the film. That was just too coincidental for my taste. Luckily, the next preview was for Harold and Kumar with some Christmas movie, and I am thoroughly glad I had not taken what they usually take or the paranoia would have be at an all time high (sorry for the pun).

I started to relax after the last preview but then there was another preview. Dam...oh wait, it is for a vampire movie. I don't mind those. It was for Underworld Awakening, but then I remembered who stars in that series... let's say it together... Kate Beckinsale! Alright, enough of the Kates and Katies but that one I will see. I loved the first Underworld so I was happy at that moment.

However, just when I thought it was safe...a summer teenage movie preview started and there was a lake...oh, and by this point we, I mean, I had to put on the 3D glasses...where was I? Oh yeah, there was a lake and...sharks! Shark Night 3D. Seriously!? Did I ever mention that I don't go in the ocean anymore? I was done and completely terrified by that point. No headphones, all the horror movie previews with all the Kates/Katies, and I was all alone. Help me...

I was supposed to talk about Fright Night wasn't I? Well, I sat through the movie, giggled a little, enjoyed seeing Colin Farrell almost shirtless, and watched some decent acting through a campy story all while my heart was racing because the majority of the movie is set in the dark. Remember I said I was all alone and now in a dark theatre with plenty of blood and guts seemingly beaming right out of the screen towards me? This may be the dumbest idea I have ever had. At least I knew how it was going to end. Trust me I kept praying for it to end because I really needed to go to the bathroom but was too chicken to stand up and walk out.

The 3D effects were not needed at all but one got me. Damn! Now I might need to find Herman and sleep with him tonight. Anyway, all-in-all it was a tolerable movie. It probably wasn't all that scary but I think I was just set up to be a tiny bit more scared than most. I did enjoy a surprise or two and there was one 10 second moment where I wouldn't have run away either from the vampire (Mr. Colin Farrell). Y'all will just have to see the movie to figure that one out.

Now for the end of the movie: The credits come on but the theatre remains dark and I can't stand up. It's too dark and the after-effects of the last two hours have a strong hold on me. And let me tell you my Iphone does not have a very bright screen. So, I sat there until the lights came on and almost ran out into the sunlight...Yep, I am a chicken and I will not being seeing another horror movie in the theatre for a long, long time.

So, what did I learn today about conquering fears? Well, it sucks and I think I need to change my name.

My favorite thing: I am at a loss for words on that one.

My least favorite thing: That I will probably be sleeping with Herman tonight.

Rating: R
Length: 106 minutes

Review: 4 out of 10
June 7, 2012
Tired of Previews
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    1. Peter Vincent: I'm a great date. Get me drunk, and I'll try anything.
    – Submitted by Nick S (8 months ago)
    1. Peter Vincent: Don't do anything I wouldn't do. That doesn't narrow it down. That's like, mini-golf and sushi.
    – Submitted by Jillian L (11 months ago)
    1. Charley Brewster: Charley Brewster: You read way too much TWILIGHT.
    2. Evil Ed: That's fiction, okay. This is real. He's a real monster, and he's not brooding, or lovesick, or noble. He's the fucking shark from JAWS. He kills, he feeds, and he doesn't stop until everyone around him is dead. And I seriously am so angry you think I read TWILIGHT.
    – Submitted by Karthi K (20 months ago)
    1. Ed: Can't get in without an invitation.
    2. Jerry: [steps in] I thought you did your homework. You've been watching me, I've been watching you. That's fair enough.
    – Submitted by Karthi K (20 months ago)
    1. Charley Brewster: You read way too much TWILIGHT.
    2. Evil Ed: That's fiction, okay. This is real. He's a real monster, and he's not brooding, or lovesick, or noble. He's the fucking shark from JAWS. He kills, he feeds, and he doesn't stop until everyone around him is dead. And I seriously am so angry you think I read TWILIGHT.
    – Submitted by Jordan P (2 years ago)
    1. Jerry: This girl tonight. She's a handful, you know? Women who look a certain way, they...they need to be managed. It's true. Your dad ducked out on you, huh? Your mom, she didn't exactly say, but there's a kind of...neglect. Gives off a scent. You don't mind my saying, you got a lot on your shoulders for a kid. The two of you, alone. And your girl...Amy. She's ripe. I bet there's a line of guys dying to pluck that. Your mom, too. You don't see it. Maybe you do, but she's putting it out. It's on you to look after them. You up for that, guy?
    2. Charley Brewster: I think I can manage.
    3. Jerry: Good. Because there's a lot of bad people out there, Charley. Everyone's got to look after his own business.
    – Submitted by Jordan P (2 years ago)
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