Excerpt: You'd have to be out of your mind to want to do a remake. There is the possibility of the built-in audience, which probably makes the conservative money men happy but hardly ever guarantees an audience. The thing is, remakes have all of the problems of a sequel with few of the perks. You have to win your fan base over by not making a carbon copy of the original while also not changing anything considered 'essential.' It's a thankless task at best.
Summary: While the audio and video quality is top notch throughout, the supplements on this release are lame and the movie itself nothing more than forgettable entertainment, though a few interesting ideas and a good performance from Farrell can’t make up for the film’s flaws. It’s a painless enough watch, but not something you’re going to need to see more than once, but Dreamworks sure did a great job on the technical side of things.
Excerpt: Ahhh, vampires. Seemingly everywhere you turn, you can’t escape them and – here’s the kicker – they’re not even real! As I’ve mentioned in previous reviews for vampire movies, they’ve been around for ages and it would appear that right now it’s the most opportune time to cash in. With the myriad of vampire movies/books/TV shows and comic books out there, there’s not a lot of steadfast rules when it comes to these fictitious creatures.
Conclusion: With amusing, tongue-in-cheek performance by the entire cast, Tom Holland's 'Fright Night' is a highly-entertaining and clever homage to classic horror cinema. The film and narrative is not only a throwback to the atmospheric styling of those movies, but an attempt to reintroduce and modernize their tropes for contemporary audiences with cheesy fun and fright.
Conclusion: Fright Night 's greatest appeal lies with those ravenous for a horror remake that doesn't suck. This entertaining film doesn't suck, but it is unlikely to wow anyone who isn't a genre fan. Even those who are will probably be content with one viewing. The Blu-ray combo pack delivers a solid feature presentation and a decent half-hour of extras.
Excerpt: What goes around comes around. The Hollywood horror remake machine is finally starting to run out of steam. Studios have pillaged nearly every horror franchise and retooled almost every classic horror movie from the '70s and '80s imaginable. Halloween . Friday the 13th . The Texas Chain Saw Massacre . A Nightmare on Elm Street .
Summary: Back to the whole remake business. It’s true that there appears to be a lack of originality in Hollywood these days. When you look at the sheer number of remakes and sequels it can cause one to despair somewhat. But remakes have been a part of Hollywood since almost the beginning. They aren’t really that new. It’s not the idea of remakes we should be complaining about. It’s the great number and carelessness with which most are made.
Excerpt: Let’s face it: The only reason Fright Night was remade is because it has vampires, and it can make the Twilight joke. That’s not saying the original was a terrible movie or wasn’t good enough to be remade. But really, can anyone say this would have happened if it weren’t for sparkles and wolfy?