Fright Night Bluray Review – Does this Classic 80’s Remake make the cut?

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Yesterday was the release of Fright Night on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD, Digital and On-Demand. The past weekend my wife and I sat down to check out this classic movie remake starring Colin Farrell.

I was leery at first on if I wanted to see this film or not. I remember the classic 80’s flick from my youth. My sister would watch it and I would get roped into hiding under the covers more than watching what was on screen. As I got older I grew to love the cult film. So when I saw they were making a remake I wasn’t sure if I would like it. I had this mindset going into the review…

Charley Brewster (Anton Yelchin) and his mom Jane (Toni Collette) live a Vegas suburb miles from the strip. Charley has a hot girlfriend Amy(Imogen Poots) and now in the with “In” Crowd. You learn that he turned his back on childhood best friend Evil (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) or Mc Lovin from Superbad!! If you watch the bonus feature you will see a very strange side of Charley and Evil in Squid Man.

Charley feels guilty for dumping his nerdy best friend for the cool kids and like the original Evil gets turned into a Vampire by Jerry Dandrige (Colin Ferrell) Jerry is a contractor and the seductive steamy vampire next door.

Basically the same story line prevails through the film but with a modern remake. For example Peter Vincent (David Tennant) is a actor on the Vegas Strip and a real phoney.  I would have liked to see more of Peter Vincent since I am a Huge David Tennant/Dr Who fan. It was kinda strange seeing him play someone other than the Doctor.

Without giving out to many plot details for those who didn’t follow the cult film from the 80’s there are many scary, edge of your seat moments. One of the best scenes was when Jerry & Evil head to Peter Vincents Apartment and really delve into Peter’s gadget collection.

There are a few twists and turns in the story line but it still holds true to the original. I am not sure why this movie didn’t do better in the box office since it was a nicely done remake.

A few Blu-ray exclusives are included, the best of which are a selection of five deleted and extended scenes. While not adding much to the overall plot and A “How to Make a Funny Vampire Movie” featurette is just plain fluff.  Also  found on the Blu-ray and included standard DVD are a blooper reel, Charley and Evil’s “Squid Man” home movie, and a video for Kid Cudi’s “No One Believes Me.”

I give the remake a solid B. If you have watched it or own the bluray let us know in the comment box below.

Be sure to check out the bonus clips below.
Fright Night – Film Clip: “Escape”

Fright Night – Film Clip: “Mom, Don’t Talk To Him”

Fright Night – Bonus Clip: “Humor”

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  1. In anticipation of this movie coming out I re-watched the original which I fondly remembered as funny and scary. I don’t know what happened but I HATED IT! I still think it was a different version because I found no humor and very schlocky ’80s horror movie cliches. Nothing I remembered from when I saw it originally. So when I watched this new version I didn’t know what to expect. I LOVED IT! I found it to be everything I thought I recalled of the original and didn’t find when I re-watched it. I agree with Chip, more Peter Vincent would’ve been welcome-he was a highlight. I would give this movie a solid “A” and would add it to my collection.

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