Hello, horror fans! Welcome to another edition of Underrated Horror Movie of the Month. Some films do not get enough love, and I am striving to shine a light on those pieces of media. Each month, on the second and fourth Fridays, I come here to talk about horror movies that I feel are underrated and underloved. In this edition, I am discussing the 2011 remake of Fright Night. Stick around to see what I think this one deserves more recognition.

About Fright Night 2011

What would you do if you discovered your new neighbor was a vampire with his sights set on your mom? That is the exact situation teenager Charley Brewster (Anton Yelchin) finds himself in after suspecting that his new neighbor, Jerry (Colin Farrell), is involved in a recent string of murders. After realizing what sort of creature Jerry is, Charley goes to famous vampire hunter Peter Vincent (David Tennant) for help. Can Charley convince Peter to help, or is everyone in the neighborhood doomed?

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Fright Night 2011 stars Anton Yelchin, Toni Collette, Colin Farrell, Imogen Poots, David Tennant, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Dave Franco. Craig Gillespie directed the film. Marti Noxon and Tom Holland wrote the story.

This film has a 72 percent Tomatometer Score and a 59 percent Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes. It also has a 6.4/10 IMDb and 3.9 on Google Reviews.

My Thoughts

I have to preface this entire section by saying I love the original, but given the choice, I’ll pick this version any day. With that out of the way, I took my usual stroll through online reviews to determine why some viewers do not like this movie. There seemed to be two primary complaints; it is not the original, and it is too”teenaged.” I am still trying to figure out that second one. While I know what I mean when I say something geared toward teenagers, I feel these reviewers meant something different.

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Both versions of the film feature a teenaged Charley taking on his ancient vampire neighbor. In neither version does it feel to me like something specifically for the younger generation. There are explosions, vampiric transformations, bloody scenes and more that help it earn its R rating.

Imogen Poots as a vampire, raising her head back and hissing while standing outside at night in Fright Night.

I believe that most, if not all, of the issues people have with the remake come back to it not being the original. Remakes, especially in the horror world, constantly come under fire. Over the years, I have participated in more than one conversation where people said anyone who likes the remake of whatever film is up for discussion is not “a real fan.”

This particular talking point often leads to heated conversations, including mass amounts of gatekeeping and cruelty. Without delving too far off-topic, I was recently told in a horror group that I have a brain deficiency because I said I don’t like most slow-burn horrors. Conversations like this do not lead anywhere good.

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So, since many do not enjoy Fright Night 2011 simply because it is a remake, here is why I love it. For one thing, the cast is incredible. Anton Yelchin was a brilliant actor who seemed to thrive in the horror genre. I am not a Colin Farrell fan, but he does a commendable job as Jerry Dandridge. I absolutely love David Tennant’s work. He perfectly embodies every role he takes on. However, I think the movie would not have been half as good without Christopher Mintz-Plasse. He is hilarious and intense at the same time, with 10/10 acting.

 

The sets and effects are also part of the charm of this movie. The crew perfectly utilized the darkness without making every scene so dim viewers can’t tell what is happening. Also, the vampires look creepy and dangerous. Not to mention the eeriness of Jerry’s lair.

Final Thoughts

Overall, this creepy yet fun horror movie does the original justice. It is available to rent or buy on Prime Video and VUDU. While Fright Night 2011 is not for everyone, it is one of my favorites. If you have not seen it yet, try it; you might find a new favorite horror.

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If you have seen this movie, leave your thoughts in the comments! Until next, horror fans. Stay spooky and watch more horror movies! Before you go, take a look at the Fright Night 2011 trailer below.

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