Fright Night (1985) vs. Fright Night (2011)
Fright Night centers around Charley Brewster (William Ragsdale) who discovers that his next door neighbor, Jerry Dandridge (Chris Sarandon) is a vampire! Soon Dandridge starts to stalk Brewster, so he turns to a washed up actor, Peter Vincent (Roddy McDowall) to help him defeat Dandridge.
The original Fright Night was a film that was way before its time. It’s able to take on a comedy/parody and also mix in its own drama and what we get is a well blended film that has now become a classic.
There is just so much put into this movie that makes it a worthy horror film. It will make you laugh, scream, and cringe and all because it does its job effectively.
This is a remake that many believe, including myself, that shouldn’t have been made. Yet, come to think of it there are a lot of horror remakes that shouldn’t have been made.
With that out of the way, I’m happy to say that I’m glad to have this remake because I enjoyed it immensely.
Let’s first look at the world that this Fright Night was released into. By 2011 vampire lore was being changed dramatically due to the success of the Twilight series. Vampires no longer needed permission to enter your home, they no longer feared the son, and they were no long creatures of the night. So, basically everything that has made vampires cool in the past has almost been destroyed by movies like Twilight.
Now they release the remade Fright Night, which follows all of the classic vampire rules and it’s just refreshing to see. It’s nice to see a vampire acting like a real vampire. He can’t go out in the sun, so he does his yard work at night, he can’t enter your home with out being invited, and overall he’s a dangerous predator that lurks around at night. Just having these things in the remake make it great to watch.
Now, the performances from Colin Farrell and David Tennant are great. Farrell really lets himself get into his role as the vampire living next door and Tennant brings actually humorous comic relief in his role as Peter Vincent.
The film does get attacked for being an average vampire movie and at times it can be held down by certain clichés. But that’s easy to overlook because I was entertained through out most of the movie.
So, which is better?
The remake is above average and I highly recommend it. Yet, the original still has a hold on me. Maybe it’s the nostalgia but I still find the original to be superior than the remake.