Fright Night (2011 film)

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Fright Night
International poster
Directed by Craig Gillespie
Produced by Michael De Luca
Alison Rosenzweig
Screenplay by Marti Noxon
Story by Tom Holland
Based on Fright Night 
by Tom Holland
Starring Anton Yelchin
Colin Farrell
Christopher Mintz-Plasse
David Tennant
Imogen Poots
Toni Collette
Dave Franco
Music by Ramin Djawadi
Cinematography Javier Aguirresarobe
Edited by Tatiana S. Riegel
Touchstone Pictures
DreamWorks Pictures
Reliance Entertainment
Michael De Luca Productions
Gaeta/Rosenzweig Films
Distributed by Walt Disney Studios
Motion Pictures
Release dates
  • August 14, 2011 (2011-08-14) (The O2 premiere)
  • August 19, 2011 (2011-08-19) (United States)
Running time
106 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $30 million[2]
Box office $41 million[3]

Fright Night is a 2011 American neo-noir comedy horror film directed by Craig Gillespie. A remake of Tom Holland's Fright Night, the film was adapted by Marti Noxon. The film premiered at The O2 in London on August 14, 2011, was produced by DreamWorks Pictures, and widely released by Touchstone Pictures on August 19 in Real D 3D.[4]


Charley Brewster 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 old best friend, Edward "Evil Ed" Lee, informs him that many fellow students have gone missing. When Charley goes home after school, his mother, Jane, introduces him to Jerry Dandrige, their new neighbor. Fed-up and angry with Ed after he claims that Jerry is a vampire, Charley tells him that he's crazy and that he doesn't want to be friends anymore.

While feeling deeply angry, hurt, and upset on his way home, Ed is confronted by Jerry. Jerry claims that he has been watching Ed and has been aware of Ed watching him. After a short fight and chase Jerry seriously considers making Ed a vampire. He then starts to gradually exploit and manipulate Ed's weakness of his emotional state with his former friend (a year earlier, Charley abandoned Ed to hang out with a more popular crowd at school) and his social status with his peers. Jerry convinces Ed into believing that his life would be much better if he was a vampire. Ed subsequently succumbs and willingly allows Jerry to bite him. The next day, Charley feeling remorse over the way he had treated Ed the night before realizes that he is missing and decides to investigate, starting to believe Ed's claims when he discovers video recordings of objects moving on their own, with Ed's voiceover revealing that he is recording Jerry to prove that his reflection doesn't show up in recordings. 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, 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, Jane, and his girlfriend, Amy Peterson, barely escape with their lives, fleeing through the desert in their minivan. Jerry catches up with them, but is wounded by Jane with a real estate sign stake. Jane is admitted to a hospital, where Charley is summoned by Peter. Upon arriving at Peter's penthouse Ed turns-up. By now Ed has fully been transformed into a vampire and he aids Jerry in attacking Charley, Amy, and Peter. As they fight, Ed lets all of anger out on his opponent and Charley reluctantly kills Ed. Meanwhile Amy injures Jerry with holy water. They then run into a club, where they get separated in the crowd. Amy is kissed, bitten, and possessed by Jerry, who proceeds to take 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, 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.


Chris Sarandon, who portrayed Jerry in the original film, makes a cameo appearance as a motorist killed by the vampire (his character 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.[5] Fright Night was produced by DreamWorks Pictures and distributed worldwide by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures through the Touchstone Pictures label.

Steven Spielberg provided a great deal of input in the making of the film, such as storyboarding scenes and assistance with editing.[6]


Although the film received a wide release in the United States on August 19, 2011, an advance screening took place at San Diego Comic-Con International on July 22, 2011.[7]

Home media[edit]

The film was released by Touchstone Home Entertainment on Blu-ray Disc, 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 Disc 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 Gillespie, a gag reel, an uncensored music video for "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.[8][9]


Critical response[edit]

Fright Night received generally positive reviews from critics. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a rating of 72%, based on 163 reviews, with an average rating of 6.3/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "It may not have been necessary to remake the 1985 cult classic, but the new Fright Night benefits from terrific performances by Colin Farrell and David Tennant -- and it's smart, funny, and stylishly gory to boot."[10] On Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out to reviews from mainstream critics, gives the film a score of 64 out of 100, based on 30 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[11] CinemaScore polls reported that the average grade moviegoers gave the film was a "B-" on an A+ to F scale.[12]

Robert Koehler of Variety writes, Fright Night has "a cleverly balanced mix of scares and laughs".[13]

Box office[edit]

Fright Night opened in number six 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 million budget.[3]


Fangoria Chainsaw Awards

  • Best Wide-Release Film: 2012[14]

IGN Best of 2011

  • Best Horror Movie: 2011[15]


A straight-to-video sequel titled Fright Night 2: New Blood was filmed in Romania. It stars Will Payne, Jaime Murray, Sean Power, Sacha Parkinson and Chris Waller. The film was released direct to DVD on October 1, 2013.[16] Though billed as a sequel, the film repeats the plot of the original and remake, with none of the 2011 cast, and no reference made to events in the previous film (for example, the character of Evil Ed, killed in Fright Night, is alive in the "sequel").

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "FRIGHT NIGHT (15)". British Board of Film Classification. July 21, 2011. Retrieved July 21, 2011. 
  2. ^ Kaufman, Amy (August 18, 2011). "Movie Projector: 'Conan' may not conquer 'The Help'". Los Angeles Times (Tribune Company). Retrieved August 19, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Fright Night (2011)". Box Office Mojo. February 4, 2012. Retrieved February 4, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Make a Date With Fright Night 3D". June 22, 2010. Retrieved January 25, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Fright Night location information, casting calls and release date". June 22, 2010. Retrieved January 25, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s Marti Noxon gives us a tutorial on how to do horror-comedy right". Retrieved May 23, 2012. 
  7. ^ Billington, Alex (June 24, 2011). "DreamWorks Announces 'Fright Night' Comic-Con Event + Screening". Retrieved December 2, 2011. 
  8. ^ Grabert, Jessica (October 14, 2011). "Fright Night Gets A December Blu-Ray Release". Cinema Blend. Retrieved October 17, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Fright Night Scared Up on BD, DVD". IGN. October 13, 2011. Retrieved October 17, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Fright Night (2011)". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved December 14, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Fright Night Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved August 31, 2011. 
  12. ^ Finke, Nikki (August 21, 2011). "‘Conan’, ‘Fright Night’, ‘Spy Kids 4D’ Flatline; ‘The Help’ Needs No Help At No. 1, ‘Apes’ #2". Retrieved August 31, 2011. 
  13. ^ Koehler, Robert (August 17, 2011). "Variety Reviews Fright Night". Variety. Retrieved August 22, 2011. 
  14. ^ 2012 Fangoria Chainsaw Awards
  15. ^ IGN Best of 2011 – Horror Movie
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