Now I know what you are thinking ‘oh no not another remake of a classic horror film’, well to be honest I thought that too originally. However the film isn’t simply another pointless horrible remake, it is actually good and despite some similarities it is quite a different film than Tom Hollands original. Vampires always seem to be the ‘in’ thing, and I’ll be the first to admit they have gotten rather stale over the past few years. Thankfully the people behind Fright Night realised this and made sure to give us something we’ve been missing, a straight up horror film! Sure the film features a romance, but it isn’t about a forbidden love between a human and a vampire (I am looking at you Twilight Saga, True Blood and The Vampire Diaries). It is about a nasty vampire who intends to turn the entire town, taking aim at his neighbours because one of them is on to him.
It follows the basic premise of the original, and it throws in some clever nods. But the film feels very different. It takes place in a town outside of Las Vegas, and we’re introduced to mother Jane Brewster (Toni Collette) and son Charley Brewster (Anton Yelchin). Charley is in the midst of a relationship with the lovely Amy (Imogen Poots), and life seems pretty good. He gets a new neighbour Jerry (Colin Farrell) and something seems a little ‘off’. Charley doesn’t give it a second thought until the friend he tries to ignore Ed (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) informs him of what he thinks is going on. Ed proves to be correct and Charley decides he needs the help of vampire expert Peter Vincent (David Tennant) to help him get rid of Jerry. The game is on for Charley, as Jerry plays the most deadliest of cat and mouse games.