Fright Night (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
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Meet the sexy new neighbor, Jerry Dandrige (Colin Farrell). He's dangerously charming -- and utterly lethal. That's because he just happens to be a vampire, and out for blood...buckets of it. After high school senior Charley Brewster (Anton Yelchin) makes the connection between Jerry's suspicious activity and a steadily rising body count, he vows to end the reign of terror next door. But he can't do it alone. His only hope is Las Vegas magician/vampire-slayer Peter Vincent (David Tennant). Together, this unlikely duo set out to end Jerry's evil rampage. But Jerry is a ruthless, relentless killer, and he's not going down without a fight. Get set to sink your teeth into this thrilling re-vamp of the terrifying horror classic. Featuring a star-studded cast and crawling with bonus, FRIGHT NIGHT will captivate you from the very first bite!
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I love the original Fright Night. This version is also fun and very watchable. Rather than a frame by frame remake (which is often a disaster, but can be done, see Tom Savini's Night of the Living Dead for the best example) the creators opt for a different take on the original story. They keep many of the characters and concepts, but update them for current events and re-imagine how the story can be told.
If you have seen the original Fright Night you will get the basic concepts of the movie, so I won't give spoilers. Yes, there are changes but they work with the updates storyline.
So now on to this new release. Though it kept to a similar basic format, it was a departure from the original. Matter-of-fact, the only thing in common was the plot - Vampire moves in next door and no one believes the boy next door. My family was looking for some of the characteristics that made the old version what it was; in particular, the goofiness of the friend - Evil Ed. He was nowhere to be found. However, in the new version Ed is just as unique and acceptably played by Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Go Mc Lovin!).
After you get beyond the differences, you come to realize that this new version of Fright Night is so well done that you no longer care. My son-in-law can be very critical of movies. You know the type... "That's 80 minutes of my life I'll never get back", and yet even he admitted it was a "darn" good movie. Rent it, buy it... you won't be disappointed.
As for the film itself: This remake wasn't as good as the 80s version. The flow of the movie seemed a bit rushed. I thought Anton Yelchin did a great job as Charley. Colin Farrell didn't seem all that invested in his character Jerry. Definitely not the intimidating presence of Chris Sarandon from the original.
The transformation of Peter Vincent from campy to show-off Criss Angel wanna-be left me conflicted. While I adore David Tennant in anything, and omg he's so sexy with eyeliner and a goatee, there was really no background on this character, no real connection between him and Charley. In the original, Charley watched Peter's show all the time and had a real reason to seek him out when dealing with the vampire.
Overall, the movie was decent light entertainment and a welcome addition to my vampire flick collection, but I probably won't re-watch it as much as the original (except to drool over David Tennant, haha).
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