Fright Night (2011 film)
|Directed by||Craig Gillespie|
|Produced by||Michael De Luca
Alison R. Rosenzweig
|Screenplay by||Marti Noxon|
|Story by||Tom Holland|
|Based on||Original Screenplay
by Tom Holland
|Music by||Ramin Djawadi|
|Editing by||Tatiana S. Riegel|
Michael De Luca Productions
|Distributed by||Touchstone Pictures|
|Running time||106 minutes|
|Box office||$41,002,607 (worldwide)|
Fright Night is a 2011 3D comedy horror film directed by Craig Gillespie. It is a remake of Tom Holland's 1985 film of the same name. The film had its premiere at The O2 in London on August 14, 2011, and was widely released on August 19 in Real D 3D.
Charley Brewster (Anton Yelchin) is a teenager living in a suburb of Las Vegas, Nevada, who discovers that a new neighbor has moved in next door to him. Charley's former best friend, "Evil" Ed Lee (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), informs him that many fellow students have gone missing. When Charley goes home after school, his mother (Toni Collette) introduces him to Jerry Dandrige (Colin Farrell), their new neighbor. Charley becomes fed up with Ed after he claims that Jerry is a vampire. On his way home, Ed is confronted by Jerry, who bites him. The next day, Charley realizes that Ed is missing and decides to investigate.
As Jerry begins to attack more people throughout the neighborhood, Charley sneaks into Jerry's house and finds out that he keeps his victims in secret rooms. Charley goes to Las Vegas magician Peter Vincent (David Tennant), a supposed expert on vampires. Peter doesn't take him seriously, and kicks him out.
Jerry comes to Charley's house and sets fire to it. Charley, his mother, and his girlfriend, Amy Peterson (Imogen Poots), barely escape with their lives, fleeing through the desert in their minivan. Jerry catches up with them, but is wounded by Charley's mother (with a real estate sign stake).
Charley's mother is admitted to a hospital, where Charley is summoned by Peter. Upon arriving at Peter's penthouse, Jerry and Ed, now a vampire, attack Charley, Amy, and Peter. Charley reluctantly kills Ed, while Amy injures Jerry with holy water. They then run into a club, where they get separated in the crowd. Amy is kissed and bitten by Jerry. Jerry then takes her.
Peter refuses to help Charley and reveals that both of his parents were killed by a vampire (later revealed to be Jerry himself). He does, however, give Charley a stake blessed by Saint Michael that will kill Jerry and turn all of his victims back into humans. Charley goes to Jerry's house where Peter decides to join him after all.
They are led into Jerry's basement, where they are attacked by many of Jerry's victims, now vampires, including Amy. Charley, having outfitted himself in a flame-retardant suit, lights himself on fire in order to burn and disorient Jerry while he tries to stake him. Peter assists him by shooting a hole in the floor above to allow sunlight in which burns Jerry, then tossing Charley the stake which Charley dropped. Charley quickly stabs Jerry in the heart, killing him and returning his victims to their human form. Afterwards, Charley's mother recovers from the hospital and goes to shop for a new house as Charley and Amy make love in Peter's penthouse.
- Anton Yelchin as Charley Brewster
- Colin Farrell as Jerry Dandrige
- David Tennant as Peter Vincent
- Toni Collette as Jane Brewster
- Imogen Poots as Amy Peterson
- Christopher Mintz-Plasse as "Evil" Ed Lee
- Dave Franco as Mark
- Chris Ranney as the Security Guard
- Reid Ewing as Ben
- Sandra Vergara as Ginger
- Will Denton as Adam
- Emily Montague as Doris
- Lisa Loeb as Victoria Lee
- Brian Huskey as Rick Lee
- Grace Phipps as Bee
- Chelsea Tavares as Cara
- Eb Lottimer as Adam's Dad
Chris Sarandon, who portrayed Jerry Dandrige in the original film, makes a cameo appearance as a motorist killed by the vampire (his character in the remake is credited as "Jay Dee", after the initials of his original character).
Principal photography with 3D cameras began in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, with Las Vegas set as the backdrop on July 26, 2010, and wrapped on October 1, 2010. Fright Night was distributed by DreamWorks through Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures under the Touchstone Pictures label.
Home media 
The film was released by Touchstone Home Entertainment on Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, DVD, and digital download on December 13, 2011. The release was produced in three different physical packages: a 3-disc combo pack (Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, and DVD with Digital Copy); a 2-disc combo pack (Blu-ray and DVD); and a one-disc DVD. The film was also released digitally in 3D, high definition, and standard definition. The DVD version will include the "Gag Reel" and "Squid Man – Extended and Uncut" bonus features, as well as an uncensored music video for Kid Cudi's song "No One Believes Me". The digital download version will include the same features as the DVD version, plus "Live in Las Vegas: An Interview with Peter Vincent" and "The Official 'How to Make a Funny Vampire Movie' Guide" bonus features. Both the 2-disc and 3-disc combo packs will include five deleted scenes with introductions by Director Craig Gillespie, a gag reel, an uncensored music video for Kid Cudi's "No One Believes Me", "Squid Man – Extended & Uncut", "Peter Vincent: Swim Inside My Mind", "The Official 'How to Make a Funny Vampire Movie' Guide" and "Frightful Facts & Terrifying Trivia" bonus features.
Critical response 
Fright Night received positive reviews from critics. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 73% of 147 critics have given the film a positive review, with a rating average of 6.4 out of 10. On Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, gives the film a score of 64 based on 30 reviews. CinemaScore polls reported that the average grade moviegoers gave the film was a "B-minus" on an A+ to F scale.
Box office 
Fright Night opened in No. 6 in the box office. The film grossed $7,714,388 in its opening weekend and finished with a domestic grossing of $18,302,607 and $22,700,000 in other countries, giving a worldwide total of $41,002,607 against its $30,000,000 budget.
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