Rated: R Reviewed by: Frank Release date: August 19, 2011 Released by: DreamWorks Animation
Fright Night is a remake of the 1985 film with Chris Sarandon and Roddy McDowell. It also reaches for the 30 Days of Night from 2007 which allowed the vampires to roam freely for 30 days because it is dark during winter in Alaska. That idea allows windows in Las Vegas to be black because folks work at night and need darkness in the day to sleep.
That is Colin Farrell's excuse when he moves in next door to Anton Yelchin who plays Charley Brewster, and notices the dark windows in his house which is only 13 feet from his. Charley is suspicious with good reason but mom (Toni Collette) is hot for the dangerous neighbor. We must remember there are Vampire rules and Farrell's Jerry can't enter the neighbor's houses who are potential victims unless he is invited. Mom becomes a problem on that matter.
Charley is somewhat ostracized at school but he has a girl friend (Amy (Imogen Poots) who is top shelf, and she's committed to him. Even with her on his arm, his puce sneakers make him a laughing stock. Best friend Ed (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) considers himself an expert on the blood suckers and wants to search the forbidden house next door. We guess that's not a good idea.
David Tennant works as Peter Vincent but in foolish role which was far more interesting in 1985 when played by Roddy McDowell.
Colin Farrell has the part of the serious vampire who is slick and good looking and attracts more than just Charley's mom. He is a little different vampire and somewhat interesting to watch.
It all comes to a climax in chambers that are in the vampire house and basement but there is nothing too exciting or innovative. The 3D by the way has only scene to be effective in.
Even with a good cast Fright Night doesn't measure up.
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