Fright Night

Year: 2011
Production Co: Albuquerque Studios
Studio: Disney
Director: Craig Gillespie
Writer: Marti Noxon
Cast: Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrell, Toni Collette, Imogen Poots, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Lisa Loeb

The original Fright Night was a pretty good movie, but I always thought it was a little mainstream for the cult following it's gathered around itself.

But I know it's popular so there was definitely a market for a remake. Mind you, if you ever needed an argument against 3D, this film is it. The splashes of blood and limbs flying at the screen are funny at times, but it's a horror movie – much of it set in dark houses in the middle of the night. After the 3D restricts what light there already is, some scenes are so dark they're almost impossible to see clearly.

The rest of it? Servicable but nothing special. Charley is played by Anton Yelchin, living in an urban sprawl township outside Las Vegas with his mother (Collette, in an almost redundant role) when handsome, enigmatic Jerry (Farrell) movies in next door.

Charley has left behind his former friend, nerdy Ed (Mintz-Plasse) to be one of the cool kids, especially now he's scored a girlfriend as hot as Amy (Poots). But Ed is convinced Jerry's a vampire and Charley writes his ravings off as being the fantasy they used to be so into together while Ed insists they investigate.

But when kids start disappearing from school – including Ed – Charley starts to see signs Jerry is more than what he seems. When Jerry attacks, Charley seeks out the help of goth TV host Peter Vincent (a pale imitation of Roddy McDowall's original character) and prepares to do battle.

There are a handful of jump scares but nothing outstanding in any other respect. It's part of Colin Farrell's attempt to return to popularity along with the forthcoming Total Recall redux but if the 1985 flick really needed a remake, it needed to be better than this.

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