1 1/2 Stars
Fright Night is the umpteenth reboot of a 1980’s horror film. The original movie debut in 1985 and was followed by a sequel two years later. This update is a small-scale re-telling that de-emphasizes the humorous touches of its predecessor and unwisely settles for a straight-forward and mean-spirited approach. The initial concept remains intact but details have been changed in order to ‘freshen up’ the material. Peter Vincent is obviously a reference to Chris Angel and his mind-freak antics, while the original featured a late-night horror movie host as the expert of occult. Farrell is well cast along with Toni Collette, but Yelchin in the lead is a dud. His delivery is flat and he wears a non-affected expression for the duration of the film.
Craig Gillespie is the man calling the shots behind the camera and he has chosen to stage his scenes in a flat, uninteresting manner. This is right in-line with the overtly dark photography that renders some images during the finale nearly unrecognizable. Fright Night is another in a long line of remakes that serve as proof that some things just can’t be replicated by others.
Director: Craig Gillespie
Stars: Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrell, Toni Collette