Fright Night (2011)

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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 … More

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
Runtime:
Walt Disney Pictures - Official Site

Cast


as Charley Brewster

as Jane Brewster

as Peter Vincent

as Victoria

as Store Guy

as Mrs. Granada

as Passing Nurse

as Adam's Dad

as Show Nymph #1

as Show Nymph #2

as Show Nymph #3

as Pyro Guy

as Guy on Dance Floor

as Nightclub Security G...

as Jerry's House Cop #1

as Jerry's House Cop #2

as Hulking Man

as Hulking Man

as Newscaster #1

as Newscaster #2

as Store Guy
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Critic Reviews for Fright Night

All Critics (166) | Top Critics (31)

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
TheHorrorShow

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

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

Full Review… | January 13, 2013
Tribune News Service

Audience Reviews for Fright Night

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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.

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Directors Cat

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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.

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Christian C

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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

Clintus M.
Clintus Maximus

Super Reviewer

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