Fright Night

Fright Night

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Director: Craig Gillespie

Cast: Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrell, Toni Collette

     
 

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A suburban Las Vegas teenager realizes that his new neighbor is a charismatic vampire in this remake of the 1985 horror comedy hit. After years of climbing to reach the top of the social ladder, high school senior Charley Brewster (Anton Yelchin) finally rules the roost. Just as Charley ditches his best pal, "Evil" Ed (See more details below

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A suburban Las Vegas teenager realizes that his new neighbor is a charismatic vampire in this remake of the 1985 horror comedy hit. After years of climbing to reach the top of the social ladder, high school senior Charley Brewster (Anton Yelchin) finally rules the roost. Just as Charley ditches his best pal, "Evil" Ed (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), and starts dating the most popular girl in their class, however, a handsome new face appears in the neighborhood. It belongs to Charley's new neighbor Jerry (Colin Farrell), an outwardly amiable guy with a quick smile and a sharp wit. But when Ed vanishes without a trace andCharley sees a side of Jerry that everyone else seems to miss, the nouveau popular teen becomes convinced that the nice-guy act is a cover for something truly sinister. Unable to convince his mother (Toni Collette) that Jerry is a genuine bloodsucker, Charley turns to Las Vegas magician Peter Vincent (David Tennant) to help exterminate the demon before he drinks the entire neighborhood dry.

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All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
Love 'em or hate 'em, horror remakes often mean big money at the box office. And while some cynical genre loyalists may detest the very idea of them, on occasion they actually manage to surprise us. John Carpenter's The Thing weathered initial indifference to emerge a true horror classic at least on par with The Thing">The Thing from Another World">The Thing">'s The Thing from Another World, and in addition to being arguably his one and only genuinely good movie as a director, The Thing from Another World">The Thing">{|The Thing from Another World, and in addition to being arguably his one and only genuinely good movie as a director, {|Zack Snyder's {|Dawn of the Dead even caused some exasperated {|George A. 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Romero">Zack Snyder">The Thing from Another World">The Thing">{|The Thing from Another World, and in addition to being arguably his one and only genuinely good movie as a director, {|Zack Snyder's {|Dawn of the Dead">The Thing from Another World, and in addition to being arguably his one and only genuinely good movie as a director, {|Zack Snyder">The Thing from Another World">The Thing">{|The Thing from Another World, and in addition to being arguably his one and only genuinely good movie as a director, {|Zack Snyder's {|Dawn of the Dead even caused some exasperated {|George A. Romero loyalists to eat a little crow (even without the smart social commentary that helped the original to transcend its genre roots). Featuring a screenplay by Marti Noxon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel) and directed by Craig Gillespie ({|Lars and the Real Girl), this frightfully fun take on the beloved '80s horror comedy gem is the perfect example of a remake done right. By staying true to the characters and offbeat tone of the original yet altering the details just enough to make the story feel fresh and slightly unpredictable, Noxon and Gillespie prove that not all remakes have to be pale imitations of their predecessors, and they keep us laughing even -- or especially -- when we're totally creeped out. After years of climbing to reach the top of the social ladder, high school senior Charley Brewster (Anton Yelchin) finally rules the roost. Just as Charley ditches his childhood best pal, "Evil" Ed (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), and starts dating Amy (Imogen Poots), the most popular girl in their class, however, a handsome new face appears in the neighborhood. It belongs to Charley's new neighbor, Jerry (Colin Farrell), an outwardly amiable guy with a quick smile and a sharp wit. But when Ed vanishes without a trace and Charley sees a side of Jerry that everyone else seems to miss, the nouveau popular teen becomes convinced that the nice-guy act is a cover for something truly sinister. Unable to convince his mother ({|Toni Collette">Zack Snyder's {|Dawn of the Dead">The Thing from Another World, and in addition to being arguably his one and only genuinely good movie as a director, {|Zack Snyder">The Thing from Another World">The Thing">{|The Thing from Another World, and in addition to being arguably his one and only genuinely good movie as a director, {|Zack Snyder's {|Dawn of the Dead even caused some exasperated {|George A. Romero">Zack Snyder">The Thing from Another World">The Thing">{|The Thing from Another World, and in addition to being arguably his one and only genuinely good movie as a director, {|Zack Snyder's {|Dawn of the Dead">The Thing from Another World, and in addition to being arguably his one and only genuinely good movie as a director, {|Zack Snyder">The Thing from Another World">The Thing">{|The Thing from Another World, and in addition to being arguably his one and only genuinely good movie as a director, {|Zack Snyder's {|Dawn of the Dead even caused some exasperated {|George A. Romero loyalists to eat a little crow (even without the smart social commentary that helped the original to transcend its genre roots). Featuring a screenplay by Marti Noxon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel) and directed by Craig Gillespie ({|Lars and the Real Girl">The Thing from Another World, and in addition to being arguably his one and only genuinely good movie as a director, {|Zack Snyder's {|Dawn of the Dead">The Thing from Another World, and in addition to being arguably his one and only genuinely good movie as a director, {|Zack Snyder">The Thing from Another World">The Thing">{|The Thing from Another World, and in addition to being arguably his one and only genuinely good movie as a director, {|Zack Snyder's {|Dawn of the Dead even caused some exasperated {|George A. Romero">Zack Snyder">The Thing from Another World">The Thing">{|The Thing from Another World, and in addition to being arguably his one and only genuinely good movie as a director, {|Zack Snyder's {|Dawn of the Dead">The Thing from Another World, and in addition to being arguably his one and only genuinely good movie as a director, {|Zack Snyder">The Thing from Another World">The Thing">{|The Thing from Another World, and in addition to being arguably his one and only genuinely good movie as a director, {|Zack Snyder's {|Dawn of the Dead even caused some exasperated {|George A. Romero loyalists to eat a little crow (even without the smart social commentary that helped the original to transcend its genre roots). Featuring a screenplay by Marti Noxon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel) and directed by Craig Gillespie ({|Lars and the Real Girl), this frightfully fun take on the beloved '80s horror comedy gem is the perfect example of a remake done right. By staying true to the characters and offbeat tone of the original yet altering the details just enough to make the story feel fresh and slightly unpredictable, Noxon and Gillespie prove that not all remakes have to be pale imitations of their predecessors, and they keep us laughing even -- or especially -- when we're totally creeped out. After years of climbing to reach the top of the social ladder, high school senior Charley Brewster (Anton Yelchin) finally rules the roost. Just as Charley ditches his childhood best pal, "Evil" Ed (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), and starts dating Amy (Imogen Poots), the most popular girl in their class, however, a handsome new face appears in the neighborhood. It belongs to Charley's new neighbor, Jerry (Colin Farrell), an outwardly amiable guy with a quick smile and a sharp wit. But when Ed vanishes without a trace and Charley sees a side of Jerry that everyone else seems to miss, the nouveau popular teen becomes convinced that the nice-guy act is a cover for something truly sinister. Unable to convince his mother ({|Toni Collette) that Jerry is a genuine bloodsucker, Charley turns to ostentatious, often-drunk Las Vegas magician Peter Vincent (David Tennant) to help exterminate the demon before he drinks the entire neighborhood dry. To a certain extent, you have to feel sorry for writers and directors of remakes; if they stick too closely to the original, fans will accuse them of coasting on autopilot, and if they veer too far from the formula, some are sure to cry sacrilege. By having Noxon bring her own talents in blending humor with horror, the producers of this Fright Night smartly hit that sweet spot right in the middle. She also displays a real flair for giving the familiar characters a bit more depth. In the original film we got the distinct impression that Charley Brewster was growing exasperated by the childish antics of his old pal Ed. Here, screenwriter Noxon expands on that to explore the shifting dynamics of youthful friendships at a point in life where popularity can seem like the most important thing in the world. And she doesn't just pay lip service to that concept, but takes the time to follow through on it once the action gets under way -- her experience working on Buffy the Vampire Slayer properly armed her with a talent for blending genres, as well as illuminating insight into the teenage mindset. Meanwhile, the most obvious example of tinkering -- the transformation of horror host Peter Vincent into a showy, {|Criss Angel">Dawn of the Dead">The Thing from Another World, and in addition to being arguably his one and only genuinely good movie as a director, {|Zack Snyder">The Thing from Another World">The Thing">{|The Thing from Another World, and in addition to being arguably his one and only genuinely good movie as a director, {|Zack Snyder's {|Dawn of the Dead even caused some exasperated {|George A. Romero">Zack Snyder">The Thing from Another World">The Thing">{|The Thing from Another World, and in addition to being arguably his one and only genuinely good movie as a director, {|Zack Snyder's {|Dawn of the Dead">The Thing from Another World, and in addition to being arguably his one and only genuinely good movie as a director, {|Zack Snyder">The Thing from Another World">The Thing">{|The Thing from Another World, and in addition to being arguably his one and only genuinely good movie as a director, {|Zack Snyder's {|Dawn of the Dead even caused some exasperated {|George A. Romero loyalists to eat a little crow (even without the smart social commentary that helped the original to transcend its genre roots). Featuring a screenplay by Marti Noxon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel) and directed by Craig Gillespie ({|Lars and the Real Girl">The Thing from Another World, and in addition to being arguably his one and only genuinely good movie as a director, {|Zack Snyder's {|Dawn of the Dead">The Thing from Another World, and in addition to being arguably his one and only genuinely good movie as a director, {|Zack Snyder">The Thing from Another World">The Thing">{|The Thing from Another World, and in addition to being arguably his one and only genuinely good movie as a director, {|Zack Snyder's {|Dawn of the Dead even caused some exasperated {|George A. Romero">Zack Snyder">The Thing from Another World">The Thing">{|The Thing from Another World, and in addition to being arguably his one and only genuinely good movie as a director, {|Zack Snyder's {|Dawn of the Dead">The Thing from Another World, and in addition to being arguably his one and only genuinely good movie as a director, {|Zack Snyder">The Thing from Another World">The Thing">{|The Thing from Another World, and in addition to being arguably his one and only genuinely good movie as a director, {|Zack Snyder's {|Dawn of the Dead even caused some exasperated {|George A. Romero loyalists to eat a little crow (even without the smart social commentary that helped the original to transcend its genre roots). Featuring a screenplay by Marti Noxon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel) and directed by Craig Gillespie ({|Lars and the Real Girl), this frightfully fun take on the beloved '80s horror comedy gem is the perfect example of a remake done right. By staying true to the characters and offbeat tone of the original yet altering the details just enough to make the story feel fresh and slightly unpredictable, Noxon and Gillespie prove that not all remakes have to be pale imitations of their predecessors, and they keep us laughing even -- or especially -- when we're totally creeped out. After years of climbing to reach the top of the social ladder, high school senior Charley Brewster (Anton Yelchin) finally rules the roost. Just as Charley ditches his childhood best pal, "Evil" Ed (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), and starts dating Amy (Imogen Poots), the most popular girl in their class, however, a handsome new face appears in the neighborhood. It belongs to Charley's new neighbor, Jerry (Colin Farrell), an outwardly amiable guy with a quick smile and a sharp wit. But when Ed vanishes without a trace and Charley sees a side of Jerry that everyone else seems to miss, the nouveau popular teen becomes convinced that the nice-guy act is a cover for something truly sinister. Unable to convince his mother ({|Toni Collette">Zack Snyder's {|Dawn of the Dead">The Thing from Another World, and in addition to being arguably his one and only genuinely good movie as a director, {|Zack Snyder">The Thing from Another World">The Thing">{|The Thing from Another World, and in addition to being arguably his one and only genuinely good movie as a director, {|Zack Snyder's {|Dawn of the Dead even caused some exasperated {|George A. Romero">Zack Snyder">The Thing from Another World">The Thing">{|The Thing from Another World, and in addition to being arguably his one and only genuinely good movie as a director, {|Zack Snyder's {|Dawn of the Dead">The Thing from Another World, and in addition to being arguably his one and only genuinely good movie as a director, {|Zack Snyder">The Thing from Another World">The Thing">{|The Thing from Another World, and in addition to being arguably his one and only genuinely good movie as a director, {|Zack Snyder's {|Dawn of the Dead even caused some exasperated {|George A. Romero loyalists to eat a little crow (even without the smart social commentary that helped the original to transcend its genre roots). Featuring a screenplay by Marti Noxon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel) and directed by Craig Gillespie ({|Lars and the Real Girl">The Thing from Another World, and in addition to being arguably his one and only genuinely good movie as a director, {|Zack Snyder's {|Dawn of the Dead">The Thing from Another World, and in addition to being arguably his one and only genuinely good movie as a director, {|Zack Snyder">The Thing from Another World">The Thing">{|The Thing from Another World, and in addition to being arguably his one and only genuinely good movie as a director, {|Zack Snyder's {|Dawn of the Dead even caused some exasperated {|George A. Romero">Zack Snyder">The Thing from Another World">The Thing">{|The Thing from Another World, and in addition to being arguably his one and only genuinely good movie as a director, {|Zack Snyder's {|Dawn of the Dead">The Thing from Another World, and in addition to being arguably his one and only genuinely good movie as a director, {|Zack Snyder">The Thing from Another World">The Thing">{|The Thing from Another World, and in addition to being arguably his one and only genuinely good movie as a director, {|Zack Snyder's {|Dawn of the Dead even caused some exasperated {|George A. Romero loyalists to eat a little crow (even without the smart social commentary that helped the original to transcend its genre roots). Featuring a screenplay by Marti Noxon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel) and directed by Craig Gillespie ({|Lars and the Real Girl), this frightfully fun take on the beloved '80s horror comedy gem is the perfect example of a remake done right. By staying true to the characters and offbeat tone of the original yet altering the details just enough to make the story feel fresh and slightly unpredictable, Noxon and Gillespie prove that not all remakes have to be pale imitations of their predecessors, and they keep us laughing even -- or especially -- when we're totally creeped out. After years of climbing to reach the top of the social ladder, high school senior Charley Brewster (Anton Yelchin) finally rules the roost. Just as Charley ditches his childhood best pal, "Evil" Ed (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), and starts dating Amy (Imogen Poots), the most popular girl in their class, however, a handsome new face appears in the neighborhood. It belongs to Charley's new neighbor, Jerry (Colin Farrell), an outwardly amiable guy with a quick smile and a sharp wit. But when Ed vanishes without a trace and Charley sees a side of Jerry that everyone else seems to miss, the nouveau popular teen becomes convinced that the nice-guy act is a cover for something truly sinister. Unable to convince his mother ({|Toni Collette) that Jerry is a genuine bloodsucker, Charley turns to ostentatious, often-drunk Las Vegas magician Peter Vincent (David Tennant) to help exterminate the demon before he drinks the entire neighborhood dry. To a certain extent, you have to feel sorry for writers and directors of remakes; if they stick too closely to the original, fans will accuse them of coasting on autopilot, and if they veer too far from the formula, some are sure to cry sacrilege. By having Noxon bring her own talents in blending humor with horror, the producers of this Fright Night smartly hit that sweet spot right in the middle. She also displays a real flair for giving the familiar characters a bit more depth. In the original film we got the distinct impression that Charley Brewster was growing exasperated by the childish antics of his old pal Ed. Here, screenwriter Noxon expands on that to explore the shifting dynamics of youthful friendships at a point in life where popularity can seem like the most important thing in the world. And she doesn't just pay lip service to that concept, but takes the time to follow through on it once the action gets under way -- her experience working on Buffy the Vampire Slayer properly armed her with a talent for blending genres, as well as illuminating insight into the teenage mindset. Meanwhile, the most obvious example of tinkering -- the transformation of horror host Peter Vincent into a showy, {|Criss Angel-style Las Vegas magician -- works surprisingly well. As in the original movie, we're first presented with a character that exudes bravura and then the layers of illusion are skillfully peeled away. By finding a way to modernize the character yet retain his cowardly essence and fascination with the occult, Noxon manages to reinvent Vincent while simultaneously opening the gates for an exciting new set piece in his opulent Las Vegas suite. But that scene is just one of many in a remake that's full of surprises. A bravura high-speed battle between Charley, his mother, and Amy on a lonely stretch of desert road is remarkable on multiple levels: in addition to displaying Gillespie's impressive skills as a visual stylist, it also offers our first look at Jerry in full, frightening vampire mode, and cements the film's morbidly humorous tone with a surprise cameo and a staking gone oddly awry. Of course, anyone who's seen the original Fright Night knows that the character of Jerry is central to the movie's success, and as the undead charmer, Farrell truly knocks it out of the cemetery. His smooth-talking bloodsucker is the kind of hunky bachelor whose move into a quiet neighborhood would have suburban soccer moms swooning, and it's a testament to Farrell's performance that even after we've seen his true face, we still can't help but be slightly enamored with the guy. Much like Tennant, his comic timing here is impeccable. Likewise, Yelchin's multi-textured portrayal of Charley presents the audience with a conflict that goes beyond the supernatural and into the even more terrifying realm of confused adolescence; Mintz-Plasse's Ed ups the ante of the conflict; and Poots effectively proves that not all pretty high school girls are necessarily looking for what most guys would assume. It's a foregone conclusion that not everyone is going to like this horror remake, simply based on the concept alone. Add to that a few cheats near the climax that feel a bit contrived, and some will write it off entirely. But approach this {|Fright Night">Zack Snyder">The Thing from Another World">The Thing">{|The Thing from Another World, and in addition to being arguably his one and only genuinely good movie as a director, {|Zack Snyder's {|Dawn of the Dead even caused some exasperated {|George A. Romero">Zack Snyder">The Thing from Another World">The Thing">{|The Thing from Another World, and in addition to being arguably his one and only genuinely good movie as a director, {|Zack Snyder's {|Dawn of the Dead">The Thing from Another World, and in addition to being arguably his one and only genuinely good movie as a director, {|Zack Snyder">The Thing from Another World">The Thing">{|The Thing from Another World, and in addition to being arguably his one and only genuinely good movie as a director, {|Zack Snyder's {|Dawn of the Dead even caused some exasperated {|George A. 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By staying true to the characters and offbeat tone of the original yet altering the details just enough to make the story feel fresh and slightly unpredictable, Noxon and Gillespie prove that not all remakes have to be pale imitations of their predecessors, and they keep us laughing even -- or especially -- when we're totally creeped out. After years of climbing to reach the top of the social ladder, high school senior Charley Brewster (Anton Yelchin) finally rules the roost. Just as Charley ditches his childhood best pal, "Evil" Ed (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), and starts dating Amy (Imogen Poots), the most popular girl in their class, however, a handsome new face appears in the neighborhood. It belongs to Charley's new neighbor, Jerry (Colin Farrell), an outwardly amiable guy with a quick smile and a sharp wit. But when Ed vanishes without a trace and Charley sees a side of Jerry that everyone else seems to miss, the nouveau popular teen becomes convinced that the nice-guy act is a cover for something truly sinister. Unable to convince his mother ({|Toni Collette">Zack Snyder's {|Dawn of the Dead">The Thing from Another World, and in addition to being arguably his one and only genuinely good movie as a director, {|Zack Snyder">The Thing from Another World">The Thing">{|The Thing from Another World, and in addition to being arguably his one and only genuinely good movie as a director, {|Zack Snyder's {|Dawn of the Dead even caused some exasperated {|George A. Romero">Zack Snyder">The Thing from Another World">The Thing">{|The Thing from Another World, and in addition to being arguably his one and only genuinely good movie as a director, {|Zack Snyder's {|Dawn of the Dead">The Thing from Another World, and in addition to being arguably his one and only genuinely good movie as a director, {|Zack Snyder">The Thing from Another World">The Thing">{|The Thing from Another World, and in addition to being arguably his one and only genuinely good movie as a director, {|Zack Snyder's {|Dawn of the Dead even caused some exasperated {|George A. Romero loyalists to eat a little crow (even without the smart social commentary that helped the original to transcend its genre roots). Featuring a screenplay by Marti Noxon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel) and directed by Craig Gillespie ({|Lars and the Real Girl">The Thing from Another World, and in addition to being arguably his one and only genuinely good movie as a director, {|Zack Snyder's {|Dawn of the Dead">The Thing from Another World, and in addition to being arguably his one and only genuinely good movie as a director, {|Zack Snyder">The Thing from Another World">The Thing">{|The Thing from Another World, and in addition to being arguably his one and only genuinely good movie as a director, {|Zack Snyder's {|Dawn of the Dead even caused some exasperated {|George A. Romero">Zack Snyder">The Thing from Another World">The Thing">{|The Thing from Another World, and in addition to being arguably his one and only genuinely good movie as a director, {|Zack Snyder's {|Dawn of the Dead">The Thing from Another World, and in addition to being arguably his one and only genuinely good movie as a director, {|Zack Snyder">The Thing from Another World">The Thing">{|The Thing from Another World, and in addition to being arguably his one and only genuinely good movie as a director, {|Zack Snyder's {|Dawn of the Dead even caused some exasperated {|George A. Romero loyalists to eat a little crow (even without the smart social commentary that helped the original to transcend its genre roots). Featuring a screenplay by Marti Noxon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel) and directed by Craig Gillespie ({|Lars and the Real Girl), this frightfully fun take on the beloved '80s horror comedy gem is the perfect example of a remake done right. By staying true to the characters and offbeat tone of the original yet altering the details just enough to make the story feel fresh and slightly unpredictable, Noxon and Gillespie prove that not all remakes have to be pale imitations of their predecessors, and they keep us laughing even -- or especially -- when we're totally creeped out. After years of climbing to reach the top of the social ladder, high school senior Charley Brewster (Anton Yelchin) finally rules the roost. Just as Charley ditches his childhood best pal, "Evil" Ed (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), and starts dating Amy (Imogen Poots), the most popular girl in their class, however, a handsome new face appears in the neighborhood. It belongs to Charley's new neighbor, Jerry (Colin Farrell), an outwardly amiable guy with a quick smile and a sharp wit. But when Ed vanishes without a trace and Charley sees a side of Jerry that everyone else seems to miss, the nouveau popular teen becomes convinced that the nice-guy act is a cover for something truly sinister. Unable to convince his mother ({|Toni Collette) that Jerry is a genuine bloodsucker, Charley turns to ostentatious, often-drunk Las Vegas magician Peter Vincent (David Tennant) to help exterminate the demon before he drinks the entire neighborhood dry. To a certain extent, you have to feel sorry for writers and directors of remakes; if they stick too closely to the original, fans will accuse them of coasting on autopilot, and if they veer too far from the formula, some are sure to cry sacrilege. By having Noxon bring her own talents in blending humor with horror, the producers of this Fright Night smartly hit that sweet spot right in the middle. She also displays a real flair for giving the familiar characters a bit more depth. In the original film we got the distinct impression that Charley Brewster was growing exasperated by the childish antics of his old pal Ed. Here, screenwriter Noxon expands on that to explore the shifting dynamics of youthful friendships at a point in life where popularity can seem like the most important thing in the world. And she doesn't just pay lip service to that concept, but takes the time to follow through on it once the action gets under way -- her experience working on Buffy the Vampire Slayer properly armed her with a talent for blending genres, as well as illuminating insight into the teenage mindset. Meanwhile, the most obvious example of tinkering -- the transformation of horror host Peter Vincent into a showy, {|Criss Angel">Dawn of the Dead">The Thing from Another World, and in addition to being arguably his one and only genuinely good movie as a director, {|Zack Snyder">The Thing from Another World">The Thing">{|The Thing from Another World, and in addition to being arguably his one and only genuinely good movie as a director, {|Zack Snyder's {|Dawn of the Dead even caused some exasperated {|George A. 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Featuring a screenplay by Marti Noxon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel) and directed by Craig Gillespie ({|Lars and the Real Girl">The Thing from Another World, and in addition to being arguably his one and only genuinely good movie as a director, {|Zack Snyder's {|Dawn of the Dead">The Thing from Another World, and in addition to being arguably his one and only genuinely good movie as a director, {|Zack Snyder">The Thing from Another World">The Thing">{|The Thing from Another World, and in addition to being arguably his one and only genuinely good movie as a director, {|Zack Snyder's {|Dawn of the Dead even caused some exasperated {|George A. Romero">Zack Snyder">The Thing from Another World">The Thing">{|The Thing from Another World, and in addition to being arguably his one and only genuinely good movie as a director, {|Zack Snyder's {|Dawn of the Dead">The Thing from Another World, and in addition to being arguably his one and only genuinely good movie as a director, {|Zack Snyder">The Thing from Another World">The Thing">{|The Thing from Another World, and in addition to being arguably his one and only genuinely good movie as a director, {|Zack Snyder's {|Dawn of the Dead even caused some exasperated {|George A. Romero loyalists to eat a little crow (even without the smart social commentary that helped the original to transcend its genre roots). Featuring a screenplay by Marti Noxon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel) and directed by Craig Gillespie ({|Lars and the Real Girl), this frightfully fun take on the beloved '80s horror comedy gem is the perfect example of a remake done right. By staying true to the characters and offbeat tone of the original yet altering the details just enough to make the story feel fresh and slightly unpredictable, Noxon and Gillespie prove that not all remakes have to be pale imitations of their predecessors, and they keep us laughing even -- or especially -- when we're totally creeped out. After years of climbing to reach the top of the social ladder, high school senior Charley Brewster (Anton Yelchin) finally rules the roost. Just as Charley ditches his childhood best pal, "Evil" Ed (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), and starts dating Amy (Imogen Poots), the most popular girl in their class, however, a handsome new face appears in the neighborhood. It belongs to Charley's new neighbor, Jerry (Colin Farrell), an outwardly amiable guy with a quick smile and a sharp wit. 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Romero">Zack Snyder">The Thing from Another World">The Thing">{|The Thing from Another World, and in addition to being arguably his one and only genuinely good movie as a director, {|Zack Snyder's {|Dawn of the Dead">The Thing from Another World, and in addition to being arguably his one and only genuinely good movie as a director, {|Zack Snyder">The Thing from Another World">The Thing">{|The Thing from Another World, and in addition to being arguably his one and only genuinely good movie as a director, {|Zack Snyder's {|Dawn of the Dead even caused some exasperated {|George A. Romero loyalists to eat a little crow (even without the smart social commentary that helped the original to transcend its genre roots). Featuring a screenplay by Marti Noxon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel) and directed by Craig Gillespie ({|Lars and the Real Girl), this frightfully fun take on the beloved '80s horror comedy gem is the perfect example of a remake done right. By staying true to the characters and offbeat tone of the original yet altering the details just enough to make the story feel fresh and slightly unpredictable, Noxon and Gillespie prove that not all remakes have to be pale imitations of their predecessors, and they keep us laughing even -- or especially -- when we're totally creeped out. After years of climbing to reach the top of the social ladder, high school senior Charley Brewster (Anton Yelchin) finally rules the roost. Just as Charley ditches his childhood best pal, "Evil" Ed (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), and starts dating Amy (Imogen Poots), the most popular girl in their class, however, a handsome new face appears in the neighborhood. It belongs to Charley's new neighbor, Jerry (Colin Farrell), an outwardly amiable guy with a quick smile and a sharp wit. But when Ed vanishes without a trace and Charley sees a side of Jerry that everyone else seems to miss, the nouveau popular teen becomes convinced that the nice-guy act is a cover for something truly sinister. Unable to convince his mother ({|Toni Collette) that Jerry is a genuine bloodsucker, Charley turns to ostentatious, often-drunk Las Vegas magician Peter Vincent (David Tennant) to help exterminate the demon before he drinks the entire neighborhood dry. To a certain extent, you have to feel sorry for writers and directors of remakes; if they stick too closely to the original, fans will accuse them of coasting on autopilot, and if they veer too far from the formula, some are sure to cry sacrilege. By having Noxon bring her own talents in blending humor with horror, the producers of this Fright Night smartly hit that sweet spot right in the middle. She also displays a real flair for giving the familiar characters a bit more depth. In the original film we got the distinct impression that Charley Brewster was growing exasperated by the childish antics of his old pal Ed. Here, screenwriter Noxon expands on that to explore the shifting dynamics of youthful friendships at a point in life where popularity can seem like the most important thing in the world. And she doesn't just pay lip service to that concept, but takes the time to follow through on it once the action gets under way -- her experience working on Buffy the Vampire Slayer properly armed her with a talent for blending genres, as well as illuminating insight into the teenage mindset. Meanwhile, the most obvious example of tinkering -- the transformation of horror host Peter Vincent into a showy, {|Criss Angel-style Las Vegas magician -- works surprisingly well. As in the original movie, we're first presented with a character that exudes bravura and then the layers of illusion are skillfully peeled away. By finding a way to modernize the character yet retain his cowardly essence and fascination with the occult, Noxon manages to reinvent Vincent while simultaneously opening the gates for an exciting new set piece in his opulent Las Vegas suite. But that scene is just one of many in a remake that's full of surprises. A bravura high-speed battle between Charley, his mother, and Amy on a lonely stretch of desert road is remarkable on multiple levels: in addition to displaying Gillespie's impressive skills as a visual stylist, it also offers our first look at Jerry in full, frightening vampire mode, and cements the film's morbidly humorous tone with a surprise cameo and a staking gone oddly awry. Of course, anyone who's seen the original Fright Night knows that the character of Jerry is central to the movie's success, and as the undead charmer, Farrell truly knocks it out of the cemetery. His smooth-talking bloodsucker is the kind of hunky bachelor whose move into a quiet neighborhood would have suburban soccer moms swooning, and it's a testament to Farrell's performance that even after we've seen his true face, we still can't help but be slightly enamored with the guy. Much like Tennant, his comic timing here is impeccable. Likewise, Yelchin's multi-textured portrayal of Charley presents the audience with a conflict that goes beyond the supernatural and into the even more terrifying realm of confused adolescence; Mintz-Plasse's Ed ups the ante of the conflict; and Poots effectively proves that not all pretty high school girls are necessarily looking for what most guys would assume. It's a foregone conclusion that not everyone is going to like this horror remake, simply based on the concept alone. Add to that a few cheats near the climax that feel a bit contrived, and some will write it off entirely. But approach this {|Fright Night with an open mind, and odds are you'll find exactly what you walked into the theater looking for -- that rare example of a horror remake that doesn't bite.

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Product Details

Release Date:
12/13/2011
UPC:
0786936819472
Original Release:
2011
Rating:
R
Source:
Touchstone / Disney
Region Code:
1AB
Presentation:
[Wide Screen, 3D]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:46:00
Format:
3D
Sales rank:
38,404

Special Features

Exclusive to blu-ray disc - 5 deleted & extended scenes; Peter Vincent: Come Swim in My Mind; The official "How to Make a Funny Vampire Movie" guide; Bloopers; Kid Cudi "No One Believes Me" music video (uncensored version); Squid Man - extended & uncut

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Anton Yelchin Charley Brewster
Colin Farrell Jerry
Toni Collette Jane Brewster
David Tennant Peter Vincent
Imogen Poots Amy
Christopher Mintz-Plasse Ed
Dave Franco Mark
Reid Ewing Ben
Will Denton Adam
Sandra Vergara Ginger
Emily Montague Doris
Chris Sarandon Jay Dee
Grace Phipps Bee
Chelsea Tavares Cara
Lisa Loeb Victoria
Brian Huskey Rick
Michael Miller Store Guy
Marya Beauvais Mrs. Granada
Kent Kirkpatrick Teacher
Arron Shiver Cop #1
Rick Ortega Cop #2
Charlie Brown Doctor
Rebekah Wiggins Passing Nurse
Eb Lottimer Adam's Dad
Liezl Carstens Show Nymph #1
Laura Aidan Show Nymph #2
Alma Sisneros Show Nymph #3
Bruce Holmes Pyro Guy
Christopher Ranney Guard
Lovie Johnson D.J.
Jerry Angelo Guy on Dance Floor
Tait Fletcher Nightclub Security Guy
Kevin Christopher Brown Jerry's House Cop #1
Jesse Pickett Jerry's House Cop #2
Billy Burton Hulking Man
William H. Burton Hulking Man
Bonnie Morgan Vamp #1
Michelle Waterson Vamp #2
Paula Francis Newscaster #1
Dave Courvoisier Newscaster #2

Technical Credits
Craig Gillespie Director
Javier Aguirresarobe Cinematographer
Ray Angelic Executive Producer
Howard Berger Makeup Special Effects
Josh Bratman Executive Producer
Steve Danton Asst. Director
Michael De Luca Producer
Digital Domain Animator
Ramin Djawadi Score Composer
Richard Bridgland Fitzgerald Production Designer
Michael Gaeta Executive Producer
Tom Holland Original Story
Allison Jones Casting
Marti Noxon Screenwriter
Susan Matheson Costumes/Costume Designer
Lloyd Miller Executive Producer
Gregory Nicotero Makeup Special Effects
James Oberlander Art Director
Tatiana S. Riegel Editor
Siobhan Roome Set Decoration/Design
Alison Rosenzweig Producer
Dana Sano Musical Direction/Supervision
Frieda Valenzuela Makeup
Danlee Winegar Makeup

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Fright Night
1. Welcome to Fright Night... [3:18]
2. Rock Solid Game [4:50]
3. Empty Desks [5:17]
4. 'You're So Cool, Brewster' [4:34]
5. Abandoned [4:17]
6. The Jerry Diaries [7:30]
7. Charley's Rear Window [3:59]
8. Jerry's Lair [6:34]
9. Burned [4:39]
10. Peter Vincent [6:57]
11. No House, No Invitation [6:03]
12. Highway to Hell [6:10]
13. A Strong Breed [5:11]
14. Evil Enters [6:56]
15. A Taste [2:51]
16. Being a Man [5:09]
17. ... For Real [5:59]
18. Peter's Plan [6:10]
19. Monster - Free [1:43]
20. End Credits [7:34]

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