Fright Night (2011)
Plot: Charley is a high school senior who’s on top of the world—he’s running with the popular crowd and dating Amy, the most coveted girl in school. But trouble arrives when Jerry (Colin Farrell) moves in next door. He seems like a nice guy––at first. But there’s something not quite right, and no one else, including Charley’s mom seems to notice. After his classmates start to mysteriously disappear without a trace, Charlie discovers that there is more to his new neighbor than meets the eye. Now he must do all he can to protect his mom and girlfriend Amy.
My Review: When I heard they were remaking this movie I got pissed. I loved the original film. Grew up with it. I even “sorta” enjoyed Fright Night Part 2. I had no idea what to expect out of a remake for this, and when they announced that Peter Vincent was going to be an illusionist that looked like Chris Angel I had no interest in viewing it.
Well, I’m happy to report that the Chris Angel copycat isn’t in the movie much. In fact he’s got a very minimal role, and he’s completely the opposite from what I was expecting, so if your worried about that, its not that big of a deal. But if you’re a fan of the original you’ll find yourself really missing the REAL Peter Vincent. Quite frankly when I saw what Peter was like off the stage I sorta wanted him to go back to being the illusionist.
The movie starts off (and pretty much continues) quite differently from the original. First of all, like most movies these days, it seems way too “Hollywood” sure it takes place in Vegas but the looks too clean cut. An image I’m getting rather sick of. Bring back the 80s feel to horror movies please!
Anyhow, as I was saying, the movie uses the basic outline of the original film, and the character names are the same. But overall it’s a different movie. Which, is sorta good, but I would have liked to see more homage to the original.
For example, Ed and Charlie’s roles are completely reversed in the beginning compared to the original, and everything is already set in motion before the movie begins. Jerry has already moved in next door and a bunch of people are already missing. Ed is the one to suspect that Jerry is a vampire, and Ed wants to go check out their friends house. But in the beginning of the film this was all just presented weirdly. Maybe its cause I’m a fan of the original, or maybe it was just weird that “McLovin” (Christopher Mintz-Plasse who is known as McLovin from Superbad) was “evil” Ed. You don’t really find out till much later that Ed was actually doing his own investigation into Jerry and suspected that he was a vampire. Instead right in the beginning the ever so annoying Ed wants to go look at his friends house and brings a vampire hunting kit with him. In the original Charlie was the one to suspect that his neighbor was a vampire when he saw strange things going on at Jerry’s house, and women he saw showing up at Jerry’s house would be reported missing the next day on the news. So in this film Ed is a very annoying nerd. In the original he’s not supposed to really be cool, but to all of us horror fans out there, he WAS cool! Just not in this version! Ed also seems to be the one whos obsessed with Peter Vincent, not Charlie, which in the original its Charlie who’s a huge fan of Peter’s.
There are no comedic moments between Charlie and Peter with Jerry. Like the scene in the original where they go to Jerry’s house with the holy water and try to prove to Charlie that Jerry isn’t a vampire. I liked the moments like that because they were funny. There wasn’t really anything like that in this one. I mean, there was a moment or two where I laughed for a second. But that was about it.
Really when it comes down to it, I kept comparing, and if you’ve seen the original, and you like the original as much as I do, then obviously your going to compare.
The only thing going for this movie (to me obviously) is Colin as a vampire. I didn’t like his “agenda” but I suppose it makes sense. They had to change it up from the original film. “McLovin” was annoying as hell in this movie. “Evil” was a great character from the original film, and I was hoping they’d do something good with the role…but nope.
Unfortunately at the time I sat down to watch this, I didn’t write my review right after (like I normally do) and I got sick the next day. So now as I’m writing this its been 3-4 days since I’ve seen it and its not fresh on my mind to point out specific detailed scenes. All I can say is by the end I was kind of bored. I’ll rewatch it in the future, but not for awhile…
Gore/FX: Like CGI make-up and gore? Then you’ll LOVE this movie. If you’re a fan of real make-up and effects on screen…then you won’t like it as much because that’s pretty much all it has. Pretty disappointing. Its funny because in one of the special features it says that over 200 gallons of blood was used on the film. All I remember seeing was CGI blood…And why oh why do vampires in movies have to look all weird? Why can’t they just be people with fangs? I hate when they give them this weird mouthful of teeth and totally distort the face. I know they did this for some of the original movie. But its always bugged me.
Sexual Content: Nothing really, a few suggestive scenes and language, that’s about it besides a girl or two in bra/panties
Acting: Was surprised to see Lisa Lobe in it as Evil’s mother. Loved Colin Farrell in it, thought he’d make a great “sexy” vampire. But they didn’t really go that route which was very disappointing I must say. I was also quite shocked to see the cameo by someone from the original Fright Night film, I won’t ruin the surprise for those that haven’t seen it, or don’t know about it.
BluRay DVD Special Features: Peter Vincent: Come Swim in My Mind, The Official “How to Make a Funny Vampire Movie” Guide, Deleted & Extended Scenes, Squid Man: Extended & Uncut, Bloopers, Kid Cudi’s “No one believes me” music video.
Peter Vincent: Come Swim in My Mind: This is a two minute interview with the character “Peter Vincent” and how he came up with “Fright Night”.
The Official “How to Make a Funny Vampire Movie” Guide: Short interview segments with cast and crew about the must needed things to make a funny vampire movie. Like the “rules” to a funny vampire movie. Runs about 8 minutes.
Deleted & Extended Scenes: Just under 5 minutes worth of footage. Nothing special to these really.
Squid Man Extended & Uncut: Is just under 3 minutes, and it consists of the dorky movie footage that Charlie shot with his friends. We see a brief segment of it within the movie, but this is the whole video.
Kid Cudi’s “No One Believes Me” Music Video: Title speaks for itself. A 5 minute music video
Overall: I tend to be sorta harsh with remakes of movies where I love the original. I don’t think this was “bad” but with a bit of tweeking it could have been pretty decent as an “original” film. Not a remake. I urge all you out there who have not seen the original to please watch it first. It might be “old” by your standards but it holds up REALLY well and its one of my all time favorite vampire films.
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