Charley (Anton Yelchin) is a
teenager living in a housing development in the middle of nowhere outside of Las Vegas with his mother. He has a beautiful girlfriend (Imogen Poots). His
life is normal until Jerry moves in next door. Ed, his ex-best friend,
is convinced Jerry is a vampire and is responsible for the disappearances of several people including several teens. Charley doesn't believe Ed and soon starts to believe after Ed disappears.
David Tennant is great as Las Vegas illusionist Peter Vincent
(who puts on a nightly show of him killing vampire women). I wish
FRIGHT NIGHT had more scenes with Peter Vincent. Tennant enjoys
playing this guy and he does with such zeal. He outshines the other
actors in the movie. Colin Farrell has fun playing Jerry (even though I still don't think much of Farrell as an
actor still). The original FRIGHT NIGHT was fun and has a little more of a story than the remake. Still
the remake has more action and tries to be a little different from the original. Remakes
always run the risk of being too much the same like the original or not as good as the movie it remakes (even though some
remakes improve on the originals). Marti Noxon (one of the writers from
BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER) crafts an interesting script for the remake. She
takes some of the elements from the original while putting her own spin on it for the remake. I
miss the washed up actor as TV host from the original, but that character would seem out of place now where a Las Vegas illusionist wouldn't. Vegas is the perfect
place for people to disappear unnoticed.
if you are up for it, go check out the original too if you haven't seen it or watched it in a while. FRIGHT NIGHT is a more action driven ride than the original and it will keep you
watching until the end.
Both the DVD and Blu-ray have the following
THE EXTENDED AND UNCUT SQUID MAN
Kid Cudi "No One Believes Me" music video
a slightly amusing blooper reel
Exclusive to the Blu-ray-
5 deleted and extended scenes that would
have slowed down the movie or took away from the characters.
PETER VINCENT: COME SWIM IN MY MIND- an
promo featurette that has a interview with Peter Vincent
THE OFFICIAL " HOW TO MAKE A FUNNY VAMPIRE
MOVIE" GUIDE- a not very amusing promotional featurette on the FRIGHT NIGHT remake that has interviews with the cast and facts
about the production.
FINAL ANALYSIS: I love the
FRIGHT NIGHT remake. I'm just not in love with the very few extras they included.
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