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Monday, August 22, 2011

Fright Night

This was a remake of an ‘80s movie, and we thought it brought everything you could ever want in a horror remake. It was aimed at people looking for a good time with movie monsters. Colin Farrell is completing his inevitable comeback after getting into substance abuse and then into rehab. He’s pulling a Robert Downey, Jr., not a Lindsay Lohan. (Wow, we shouldn’t have written that. That girl loves to sue people). Farrell was funny, scary, and sexy.

That geek who played McLovin’ in Superbad was in the movie briefly, but he was well-used during his few scenes. This movie brings the jumps and laughs. It’s self-conscious, not boring, and fun. If you hate scary movies, watching people get bit in the neck, any gore, or F-bombs, it’s not for you. Otherwise, we recommend it. It looks like Disturbia, but it’s not like that movie at all.

We are surprised that it didn’t do better in its first weekend at the box office. Maybe people are getting sick of vampires (especially vampires aimed at teens) or they think this movie looks too familiar. Teens usually flock to the rated-R horror genre, but they stayed away here. They shouldn’t have, because it’s a good time. Perfect for a date, if both people liked the ‘80s and horror. We’ve heard from several different sources that you should steer clear of the 3-D version though.
Movie Grade: B+


  1. The 80's version is a classic campy horror film. Roddy McDowell's performance of a B-movie horror icon is what made that movie. Is there a similar performance given in the remake?

  2. We haven't seen the old one, but we saw the movie with someone who had. He said that he thought the remake was a better movie, overall. He said it was different though. The appeal is different.

    The Peter Vincent character was probably better in the original. He's mostly comic relief in the remake, and unwelcome comic relief at first.

  3. Funny that; without the Vincent character/performance the original would have totally blown (and the remake never occurs).

  4. We kind of want to watch the old one now...