7 September 2011
2011, 106mins, 15
Director: Craig Gillespie
Writer: Marti Noxon
Cast includes: Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrell, Imogen Poots, David Tennant, Toni Collette
UK Release Date: 2nd September 2011
Thanks to the mystifying success of the “Twilight” franchise, Hollywood has become fixated with mining vampires for box-office dollars. On a slightly staler note, studio executives have been trumpeting remakes for decades, sitting back on rehashed notions and brand awareness to ensure maximum financial return. However despite these indisputable truths, it remains surprising that anybody would demand a remake of 1985’s “Fright Night”. The picture was indeed a macabre yet goofy joy, celebrating in full the cheesy majesty of late night horror, but that’s surely not something modern audiences would be overly interested in. Director Craig Gillespie and screenwriter Marti Noxon appear to be on the same wavelength, marking their remake out as a much different beast than the original. The basic premise remains, but the filmmakers have restructured the story by introducing new themes and set-pieces. It’s a welcome approach to the project and one which leads to a satisfying end product.
A Review by Daniel Kelly, 2011