Fright Night (2011)

This remake of the 1985 classic vampire movie of the same name has some interesting updates and delicious performances. It’s a little bit smart, a smidgen witty, and mostly fun.

Anton Yelchin plays Charley Brewster a high school kid who is man enough to wear puce-colored designer sneakers. He lives with his single mother Toni Collette in a suburban community outside Las Vegas.

After several kids go missing, he starts to suspect his next door neighbor is a vampire and things escalate when he starts to get a little too nosy. He then enlists the help of a magician who supposedly has experience dealing with the undead.

I really liked the first half, but it kind of lost steam toward the end of the second act. The suspense, acting, gore, and music all made for an atmospheric horror adventure. Colin Farrell and Anton Yelchin both gave dynamic life to their characters. While it is not the best horror movie, it still ends up being better than original.

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Available to stream on SYFY