Nick Schager Reviews Fright Night

Tom Holland’s 1985 Fright Night was a precursor to the horror deconstruction made trendy 11 years later by Wes Craven’sScream—a cheeky meta-genre work that both critiqued and celebrated scary movie contentions, albeit without many honest-to-goodness shocks. The same holds true of Craig Gillespie’s remake, which, with a similar brand of self-aware playfulness, retains its predecessor’s sturdy narrative foundation: horny geek Charley (Anton Yelchin) discovers that new next-door-neighbor Jerry (Colin Farrell) is an ancient bloodsucker, and enlists the help of famed vampire killer Peter Vincent (David Tennant) to help execute the undead fiend.

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