Fright Night (2011)

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Released:  Friday, August 19, 2011  
Length:  120 minutes
Studio: DreamWorks Studios
Genre: Horror
Rating: Fright Night is rated R by the Motion Picture Association of AmericaUnder 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.


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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 Craig Gillespie-helmed revamp of the comedy-horror classic.

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Dreamworks Pictures Throws Fright Night Fan Frenzy at Comic-Con ...  06/24/2011 2:26 PM EST
BURBANK, Calif. (June 24, 2011) - DreamWorks Studios is pleased to present a special insider look at its upcoming, 3D reimagining of the horror classic "Fright Night"  at this year's San Diego Comic-Con  International Convention.  On Friday, July 22, a panel presentation will be held in Hall H of the San Diego Convention Center. On the dais will be talent from the film, including Colin Farrell, An...  More>>


Fright Night Theatrical Review


The scary, seething, suspenseful, gory, horror filled Fright Night left me turning my head on my way to the car following the showing.  It's a frightening flick that takes its toll on those that can have a love for the thrills that evil can provide.  You don't have to be Goth to enjoy, just a sense of humor and a need to feed your bloody thirst for a good horror movie.
 
Charley (Anton Yelchin) has finally made it to the in crowd in his senior year at his local high school.  He's got the top girl Amy (Imogen Poots), cool duds and the guys respect him, what more can a teen want.  How about some thrills, just what Charley needs, right?  Well he's about to get his fill when Jerry (Colin Farrell) a vampire moves in next door and starts raiding the neighborhood for ‘food'.  When his former best friend Ed (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) comes up missing, Charley tries to convince his mother and girlfriend that evil lurks in the house on the left.  Luckily Peter Vincent (David Tennant), the vampire killer is in town performing his magic show.
 
I am a huge horror fan and I've seen the 1985 original starring Chris Sarandon as Jerry and Roddy McDowall as Peter Vincent and loved it even though it didn't have all the special effects that ramp up this version.  The remake of Fright Night does have much of the comedy as the first except here they use it as a relief from the horror where in Tom Holland's it was more of a tongue in cheek campy kind of fun.  While this one has a LOT more horror and suspense, it wouldn't be a bad idea to rent the original for some good laughs, but not before seeing the remake.
 
The performance by Colin Ferrell as the relentless blood lusting ghoul is chillingly terrific and most times terrifying.  He brings to Jerry a wicked smile and evil eyes that makes his character very creepy and spine chilling, just what's needed to carry off the menacing plot. 
 
Director Craig Gillespie does a great job of infusing the intermittent laughs with the help of Christopher Mintz-Plasse as Charley's nerdy best friend Ed who steel many scenes while trying to escape the clutches of the vampire.  Gillespie lays out his story and gets to the meat of it in a very nice fashion leaving no time to make his audience think of other films that may be similar.  He charges right in letting you know who the vampire is and what kind of mayhem he's taking to the neighborhood.
 
The film is rated R for bloody horror violence and language including some sexual references.  The 3D in Fright Night does have some very nasty things coming at you and a scene of glowing ashes that's quite mesmerizing, thanks to some amazing CGI

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Writer Marti Noxon discusses Fright Night 2011
Writer Marti Noxon discusses Fright Night 2011
Marti Noxon of Buffy The Vampire Slayer fame discusses her lastest vampire script, Fright Night, starring Colin Farrell at Comic Con 2011....
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How to Make a Funny Vampire Movie
How to Make a Funny Vampire Movie
How to Make a Funny Vampire Movie bonus featurette from the December 13th Blu-ray release of Fright Night....
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Jerry Creates A Fireball
Jerry Creates A Fireball
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 dissi...
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Neighborly Chat Clip
Neighborly Chat Clip
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 dissi...
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Trailer
Trailer
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 dissi...
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