Fright Night


Once bitten, twice spry.

Fright Night review

No one needs another remake. No one needs another vampire film.

No one needs to see David Tennant scratching his bollocks dressed in spray-on leather trousers, but that doesn’t make it bad.

Like Doctor Who’s pants, Craig Gillespie’s update of Tom Holland’s 1985 horror comedy is tight, slick, a bit unnecessary, but amusing nonetheless.

Anton ‘Chekov’ Yelchin stars as ex-geek every-teen Charley Brewster, who happens to live next door to a vampire (Colin Farrell). Thing is, no one believes him. Not his ‘out of your league’ girlfriend (Imogen Poots), not his busy-body mum (Toni Collette), and certainly not the school jocks he’s trying to impress to escape the nerd-dom of his childhood best-bud Ed (Christopher Mintz-Plasse).

Enter the trousers. Replacing Roddy McDowell’s cowardly horror host from the original is Tennant, as Criss Angel-esque show magician Peter Vincent, a mincing Russell Brand-alike vampire expert who’s Brewster’s last hope.

It’s a strong, likeable cast, and while Farrell can’t quite muster the menace to truly intimidate, the sharp, funny dialogue and well-spaced set-pieces keep boredom at bay.

This is a consciously contemporary update – and smarter for it; as such, Fright Night newbies may adopt this as their own in the same way ’80s teens did the original. For an unnecessary remake, it’s enjoyable stuff.

Still, it’s worth remembering Fright Night ’85 was never as hedonistically seductive as The Lost Boys. Equally, this multiplex crowd-pleaser doesn’t woo like Twilight or enchant à la Let The Right One In. Unlike leather pants, it doesn’t quite stick.


Slick popcorn horror, faithful to the fun and flair of the original. The 3D works, the cast appeals, the action’s fast (but not so frightening). A decent remake – it just needs more bite.

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    • calumbo

      Aug 11th 2011, 18:53


      Cant wait, if its anything like the 80's version should be great!!

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    • writerdave87

      Aug 11th 2011, 22:27

      Tennant in skintight trousers? Dalidab is gonna be over this like a rash...

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    • writerdave87

      Aug 14th 2011, 23:59

      So dalidab, you hear one bit of random news about a film in pre production (usually related to if there's some young actor you'd like to bone attached to the project) and predict it's going to be the best film ever made, but without seeing a finished movie that the reviews say is pretty fun and an enjoyable time at the cinema you're just going to trash it? Why don't you actually watch the film and then make your mind up?

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    • GarthMarenghi

      Aug 15th 2011, 15:56

      Glad to hear this is a bit pants (at least that's the way I'm choosing to interpret this review). Fingers crossed Farrell's next completely pointless remake Total Recall is s**t as well, then we can just pretend they didn't happen and go back to focusing on the originals.

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    • dumdumboy

      Aug 19th 2011, 12:10


      Dear oh dear. When will these reboots/remakes/homages stop? Can't we spend all the $$$ wasted on these educating the youth of today (big ask I know) to learn how to sit down and watch the originals? Jeez, I'm 49, but I don't think movie studios back in the 70s thought: "Right, our Citizen Kane reboot - who's gonna play Orson? Brian Blessed perhaps? No, nobody knows him, let's go for Charlton Heston." Avoid. Colin looked bored. Tennant was an embarrassment. The script jumps clunkily from scene to scene. And the biggest crime of all? It simply isn't scary!

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    • Hattyhat

      Sep 9th 2011, 16:13

      I don't usually enjoy theatricality, but I loved that side to this film :)

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    • glegs

      Oct 8th 2011, 8:37


      Really not that bad, entertaining enough and doesn't try to hard to be a remake.

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