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Fright Night (2011)

R  |   |  Comedy, Horror  |  19 August 2011 (USA)
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A teenager suspects that his new neighbor is a vampire.



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A remake of the 1985 original, teenager Charley Brewster (Yelchin) guesses that his new neighbor Jerry Dandrige (Farrell) is a vampire responsible for a string of recent deaths. When no one he knows believes him, he enlists Peter Vincent (Tennant), a self proclaimed vampire killer and Las Vegas magician, to help him take down Jerry. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


You can't run from evil when it lives next door.


Comedy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for bloody horror violence, and language including some sexual references | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 August 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Noche de miedo  »

Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$8,114,388 (USA) (19 August 2011)


$18,298,649 (USA) (4 November 2011)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The props department snuck many Doctor Who references into the Peter Vincent apartment set (for example, Gallifreyen writing - the Doctor's native language - on certain items), as a homage to actor David Tennant, who was playing Peter Vincent and previously played The Doctor. The majority of these references are not visible to the audience. See more »


In the finale, Jerry steps past several beams of light so as not to burn to death, but as he passes the last one to confront Charlie his right arms passes through the light with no apparent effect. See more »


[first lines]
Announcer: Defy reason. Defy everything you know. A mind blowing experience of the occult and supernatural. Peter Vincent. A magical tour de force. Peter Vincent. Welcome to Fright Night. Onstage at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.208 (2011) See more »


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User Reviews

Another weak remake
29 February 2012 | by See all my reviews

All that needs to be said about the remake of Fright Night is that it ends with a terrible cover of Jay-Z's already bad "99 Problems" blasting over the ending credits. This is a completely random song choice that belongs in another movie and is tonally out of nowhere, a feeling that permeates most of the picture's long 105-minute running time. The movie starts off like a typical teen horror movie, only slightly worse. The dialogue in the high school scenes is horribly inauthentic, feeling like an R-rated CW drama of "The Vampire Diaries" variety complete with the usual clichés of bullying jocks, super stereotyped nerds, and the aforementioned "hip" teen dialogue. When the second act kicks in, the movie heads in the direction of the comedy-horror hybrid it should have been going for all along. The only problem with this is that there is no real sense of tension as the blood is all CG and anyone who has seen the original knows what's coming long in advance. The Las Vegas setting sounds cool in theory, but it's never used in a way that adds to the proceedings. Despite having the very cool idea of having the remake set in Vegas, screenwriter Marti Noxon and director Craig Gillipse decide to keep almost all the basic story beats from the original movie instead of using the new setting to their advantage. The one change that is made that actually does work is the new interpretation of Peter Vincent, hilariously played by David Tennant. Tennant is the pulse that keep the film alive. His energy and dead-on comedic delivery almost give the remake a purpose to exist beyond making a buck off a cult classic. Other performances are okay, but Anton Yelchin is too old to being playing a high school kid and Imogeen Poots is given the girlfriend role that hasn't changed since the 80s. One thing that has changed since the 80s: there used to be original horror movies. 3/10

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