The original was a clear product of the 1980's, thus this remake is that of Generation X, complete with Superbad-esque dialogue. This Fright Night also has greater atmosphere and more suspense. It's a bit creepier than the original, mainly from Farrell's jet black eyes and off-kilter manner. Like the original, it too has thinly written characters, but the strong acting helps it along, to make it as quality as 1985.
Setting a pocket suburb of identical tract houses against the glittering backdrop of the Las Vegas strip creates a striking image. This surprisingly thoughtful remake of "Fright Night" plays with similar juxtapositions throughout, as Imogen Poots' character is placed at a crossroads between the sensitive youth of her boyfriend Charlie (the always great Anton Yelchin) and Colin Farrell's animalistic sexuality.
And unecessary remake of the week goes to.... Not bad but in this age of vampire oversaturation did we really need this? Farrell seems to be missing the menace that Sarandon's had in the 85 version. Yelchin and Poots ok but film belongs to David Tennant who is quite good aping the Chris Angel type character (we miss you Roddy McDowell). Is there any eighties horror films left to remake. Basket Case perhaps.
Entertaining, and certainly an interesting take on the original, but in the end it was too dark (physically, not thematically) and too laden with cornball CGI. Many shots were far too under-lit or over-produced to even know what was happening, but there were also some very fun moments. Definitely expected more from Craig Gillespie.