Film Fans take a giant bite into vampire movie remake 'Fright Night'

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2 out of 4 stars

Generally speaking, a majority of the remakes that have come out recently have not come close to measuring up to their originals. In this case, however, the film makers have done a very good job of updating and modernizing the 1985 original. The story is much the same, and the characters are much the same as well, but by using up-to-date special effects and some very creative writing, this version has been made into one of the better efforts recently to remake what was a pretty good movie to begin with.

There is a clever cameo by Chris Sarandon of the original cast. Peter Vincent (the vampire hunter) loses the nervous and timid character of Roddy McDowall, and has become a rude, lecherous, but very popular showman with a resident show in Las Vegas, busy fighting his own personal demons. Colin Farrell is both convincing and menacing as Jerry, the neighborhood vampire, and "Evil" Ed is also very well played by Christopher Mintz-Plasse, who adds a fresh and funny side to his character.

All-in-all, the interaction between the characters is both fun and exciting. It's just not very frightening, but then again, neither was the original. Well worth seeing, and probably better if you can avoid the obvious temptation to compare it to the original.

Definitely not for kids.-- Steve Kalberg, Lawrenceville2 out of 4 stars

There is no escaping that this flick has a bit of magic and pull that holds you in tight. The characters find common ground and chemistry and the opening scene and musical score are above average. The balance of the music and the set designs are also great.

As it goes, Charlie (Anton Yelchin) and his mom Amy (Toni Collette) unwittingly live right next to a new neighbor, Jerry, (Colin Farrell), who is a practicing vampire. When high school boys begin to disappear, Charlie and his geeky friend Ed (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) start an investigation.

Before you know it, Jerry is biting necks by the score and Charlie and Ed become the new targets. Nevertheless, Charlie finds a real vampire expert on the Las Vegas strip, Peter Vincent (David Tennant), who is a welcome addition to the melee. David and his girlfriend bring a bit of needed humor as the show begins to drag.

It's not your "drop everything" or a "big pain in the neck" movie but it delivers something with its biggest flaw being that it is excessively long.-- Rick Wright, Auburn2 out of 4 stars

Although "Fright Night" had several creepy scenes in the first half that caused me to jump (to the sheer delight of my movie buddy), it failed to keep me on the edge of my seat. I really like Colin Farrell, and I have to admit, the idea of him being a vampire was very intriguing to me and the main reason I wanted to see this movie.

For me, the movie was a bit too campy -- and frankly, far too ghoulish for my taste. I would have liked to see Farrell develop more of an interest with Toni Collette's character to make it more believable.-- Myra Simons, Buford