Remakes are no stranger in Hollywood, and it is the horror genre that seems to bring out the most of them. It would be fair to say that, for the most part, the remakes struggle to surpass the quality of their original counterparts. But every now and again, one comes out the gate that takes the core idea and characters of its predecessor and forges something new and fresh, enough so that it ends up being a stronger film as a result. Fright Night 2011 is one such case.
It’s a simple but fun concept at the heart of both this Fright Night and Tom Holland’s 1985 original. Both involve a teenager who begins to suspect that his new charming neighbour may in fact be a vampire. The remake moves the setting of a more traditional suburb to one out in the Nevada desert, a community where plenty of people sleep all day and work all night; the perfect cover for a vampire. Anton Yelchin plays Charley Brewster, the neighbourhood teen who begins to suspect that handsome neighbour Jerry (Colin Farrell) is a bloodsucker, after the disappearance of his childhood friend, Ed (Christopher Mintz-Plasse). Desperate for assistance, Charley and his girlfriend (Imogen Poots) seek the help of Vegas showroom magician, Peter Vincent (David Tennant).
Full article over at Filmhounds Magazine, originally published October 25th 2020.