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“I really hate to be the one to tell you this, but that guy, your neighbor; yeah, he’s a vampire man.”
– “Evil” Ed Thompson

SYNOPSIS: Teenager Charley Brewster guesses that his new neighbor Jerry Dandrige is a vampire responsible for a string of recent deaths. When no one he knows believes him, he enlists Peter Vincent, a self proclaimed vampire killer and Las Vegas magician, to help him take down Jerry. – via IMDB

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GRADE 7.5

I have a soft spot for this movie. I went it for it totally blind the first time I saw it, I didn’t know it was a remake or anything, and I had a total blast. It’s stupidly entertaining and I was interested throughout, and had a good time with the humour. I also really enjoy Yelchin, and his portrayal as Charley was spot on. He really gets that silly, quirky character every time. I always love seeing a grittier vampire film, and this was it. No love story. No softness, nothing. Colin Farrell was a great Jerry, too. He was menacing, he was crazy, and he totally fit the role. Let’s not forget David Tennant, either. What a chop, but oh, so enjoyable. And then McLovin Christopher Mintz-Plasse. I wish, wish, wish he had gotten more screen time, but he did own whenever he was on. Charley is an awesome character – it is hilarious to watch this high school student desperately try to maintain a relationship, be taken seriously, be a hero, and kill a vampire, all rolled into one. I liked the effects, too, nothing over the top, but not so bad you cringe while watching. I enjoyed the movie’s pacing, too, as it gives enough time to set up and then dives right into the action, too. I really need to get to watching the original, seeing as I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Fright Night is a fun watch that doesn’t require too much investment, and gives us nastier, more creepy vampires again, plenty humour and good effects. I could definitely recommend this movie for a watch.

29 thoughts on “Rapid Review: Fright Night (2011)

  1. theipc says:

    HMMMMM never been interested in this thing. Not bad, you say??

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    1. Zoë says:

      Yeah it was entertaining for what it was, I had fun with it!

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  2. emmakwall says:

    Awesome review Zoe and totally agree with you, I genuinely think this is one of the best horror remakes I’ve seen, so much fun and works REALLY well! 🙂

    I always call him McLovin too haha!

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    1. Zoë says:

      Thanks Em! It is a ton of fun, glad to see we see eye to eye on t his (as with so many other things 😛 )

      #McLovin

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      1. emmakwall says:

        Definitely! 🙂 “hey….McMuffin!”

        Have a lovely weekend!!!!!!

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  3. For a remake, I enjoyed this quite a bit.

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    1. Zoë says:

      Glad to hear that!

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  4. I was a little nervous about this because I’m a big fan of the original, but this is definitely on the list of truly great remakes!

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    1. Zoë says:

      Yay! Look at that! I really need to get to the original. Seems the consensus is that is was a pretty darn good remake!

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  5. Ryan says:

    I’m a huge fan of this movie—I also have a soft spot for it—because although it’s a remake of an absolute classic (and probably one of the best vampire movies ever made) it tries to do its own thing and has a blast while doing it.

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    1. Zoë says:

      High praise coming from you Ryan! I have so much fun every time I watch this.

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  6. 70srichard says:

    I’m a big fan of the original. Chris Sarandon was great as the neighbor vampire Jerry in the 85 version , but I thought Colin Farrel’s take on the character was just right for today’s audiences. His laconic Bro’ approach lives in the Vegas setting for this rendition.

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    1. Zoë says:

      It’s great to hear so many people that enjoyed/loved the original liked this one so much. Seems it worked well for numerous reasons.

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  7. I can’t stand how hot Colin Farrell is …. that’s all

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    1. Zoë says:

      He definitely has his moments here, and he is not usually my cup of tea!

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  8. table9mutant says:

    Great review! Glad to hear it’s fun. As I (of course) adore the original, I was far too snobby to watch this. But I really should anyway as I like Yelchin. I’m sure it can’t be as bad as the Nightmare on Elm Street remake!!!! Lol. But what can?! : )

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    1. Zoë says:

      Thanks! That was one of the worst remakes ever. Give this a try – seems those that love the original really liked this one, too.

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  9. Jordan Dodd says:

    This sounds quite interesting Zoë! I’ve never seen the original (or even heard of it) but I like the variety you describe. I’ll have to add it to the ever-growing List ;D

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    1. Zoë says:

      Ah… The List xD Would love to hear your thoughts if you check it out sometime. I would recommend it if you are looking for a bit of fun.

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      1. Jordan Dodd says:

        Hehe, yes, the ever-expanding list. My problem is I focus so much on recent releases that all the older films I need to see get pushed aside somewhat.

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  10. Liam says:

    I saw this a while back and yes you’re right, it is really entertaining. I haven’t seen the original but as far as remakes go, this was a pretty good one.

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    1. Zoë says:

      Glad to hear that you had a good time with this!

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  11. garethrhodes says:

    I like the original very much, and have been quietly reticent about seeing this, but you just flipped that and changed my mind. Great review!

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    1. Zoë says:

      Yay! I would really love to hear what you think about it when you check it out!

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  12. It’s a must watch which portrays REAL vampires an’ not the Twilight kind! ;-D Scary, yet hilarious in parts, with brilliant acting

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    1. Zoë says:

      Absolutely, way more fun and believable!

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