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Fright Night (2011)



Critic Consensus: 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.

Movie Info

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 activity, Charlie comes to an unmistakable conclusion: Jerry is a vampire preying on his neighborhood. Unable to convince anyone that he's telling the truth, Charlie has to find a way to get rid of the monster himself in this revamp of the comedy-horror classic. -- (C) DreamWorksmore
Rating: R (for bloody horror violence, and language including some sexual references)
Genre: Horror, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Tom Holland (X), Marti Noxon
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 13, 2011
Box Office: $18.3M
Walt Disney Pictures - Official Site


Anton Yelchin
as Charley Brewster
Toni Collette
as Jane Brewster
David Tennant
as Peter Vincent
Lisa Loeb
as Victoria
Mike Miller
as Store Guy
Marya Beauvais
as Mrs. Granada
Rebekah Wiggins
as Passing Nurse
Eb Lottimer
as Adam's Dad
Liezl Carstens
as Show Nymph #1
Laura Aidan
as Show Nymph #2
Alma Sisneros
as Show Nymph #3
Bruce Holmes
as Pyro Guy
Jerry G. Angelo
as Guy on Dance Floor
Tait Fletcher
as Nightclub Security G...
Kevin Christopher Br...
as Jerry's House Cop #1
Jesse Pickett
as Jerry's House Cop #2
William H. Burton
as Hulking Man
Billy Burton
as Hulking Man
Paula Francis
as Newscaster #1
Dave Courvoisier
as Newscaster #2
Michael Miller
as Store Guy
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News & Interviews for Fright Night

Critic Reviews for Fright Night

All Critics (167) | Top Critics (31)

While it might have reignited interest in the original and its sequel, the new "Fright Night" itself will probably be forgotten 26 years from now when there won't even be a bargain DVD bin at Walmart for us fish it out of.

Full Review… | October 7, 2015
Critic's Notebook

When you consider how many wretched horror remakes we have to suffer through, doesn't a B+ effort like this one deserve a nice pat on the back?

Full Review… | August 26, 2015

A 400-year-old vampire leaving a trail of undead corpses in his wake is nowhere near as terrifying as Colin Farrell threatening to bang your Mom.

Full Review… | May 3, 2015
Philadelphia Weekly

This creepy and well-made drama offers up a few light-hearted moments to go along with its scares.

Full Review… | June 30, 2013
Big Hollywood

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

Full Review… | February 28, 2013
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.

Full Review… | February 15, 2013
Georgia Straight

Audience Reviews for Fright Night


Less of a B-movie creature feature than the original was and more straight up vampire film, but nonetheless an entertaining and quite funny remake that benefits from a more fleshed out plot. I found Anton Yelchin much more likable than William Ragsdale as Charlie and David Tennant to be absolutely hysterical as Peter Vincent compared to the straight laced version of the character in the original film. Colin Farrell plays Jerry much more reserved than Chris Sarandon did, but it was actually a little more serious of a role this time around so it worked. I do think both versions of the character work in their respective movies. The special effects are still not quite up to standards of modern films, but it almost felt deliberate by the filmmakers to give it a little B-movie charm. Overall, I actually liked this version better than the original, but both have their pros and cons.

Josh Lewis

Super Reviewer



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.

Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

A solid remake. I would imagine someone other than Yelchin could have made a more appealing star, but he was adequate for the role. Farrell as the vampire nextdoor, "Jerry", was an interesting but enjoyable choice.

Christian C

Super Reviewer

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