Fright Night

2011

Fright Night

Critics 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.

72%

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59%

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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 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) DreamWorks

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  • 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.

    Sep 16, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Tedious, scareless, worthless.

    Sep 14, 2011 | Rating: 0.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Why is the whole thing so watchable? Farrell is extremely good value. So is Toni Collette as the sex-starved but sensible single mom of high-school hero Charlie.

    Sep 2, 2011 | Rating: 3/5
  • It's smart and funny, but (unlike the original) instantly forgettable, and, crucially, not remotely frightening - even with blood and intestines spattering out in 3D.

    Sep 1, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Cath Clarke

    Guardian
    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Aug 31, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Nigel Floyd

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • If you want a slick, determinedly mainstream Saturday night's entertainment, Fright Night will certainly provide it - but Craig Gillespie is capable of much odder fodder than this derivative multiplex filler.

    Aug 30, 2011

Audience Reviews for Fright Night

  • Jun 03, 2016
    Doesn't really add anything to the original, but I've seen far worse horror remakes in my time.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 13, 2015
    Really stylish from start to finish, but not so that it ever borders on art-house. The story is Lost Boys meets Disturbia and is held together by the film's performances, particularly from the brave casting choice of David Tennant as a narcissistic celebrity vampire slayer which actually works out rather well towards the middle of the film - at first its hard to accept Tennant in the role. Farrell is on peak form as the film's heartbreaker and bloodsucker antagonist.
    Harry W Super Reviewer
  • Nov 28, 2013
    I was hesitant to watch it at first, now I'm happy that I've seen it. It's old school fun in new packaging, a pretty neat packaging at that. Don't take it too seriously and it will entertain you. Super turns by Yelchin and of course Farrel.
    Anoop K Super Reviewer
  • Jun 05, 2013
    Why was this a dud at the box office? Lack of promotions? Wrong release date? Oh boy, one thing is clear though, Fright Night was a 'fun' movie! - which is lacking from nowadays i-take-myself-too-seriously horror movies. The movie offers a light plot accompanied with great cast such as Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrell, Christopher Mintz, Toni Collete and the breathtakingly beautiful, Imogen Poots as the main character's girlfriend. Throughout the movie, I can't help but get the 'campy' 90's horror movies feels mixes with Buffy The Vampire Slayer episodes. I frickin love this movie! 8/10.
    Mesh B Super Reviewer

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