A surprisingly enjoyable remake of the horror film from 1985, "Fright Night" comes from writer Marti Noxon ("I Am Number Four") and director Craig Gillespie ("Mr Woodcock"), "Fright Night" stars Colin Farrell (looking a little like Matt Leblanc) as Jerry, who moves in next door to Charlie Brewster (Anton Yelchin) and his mother (Toni Collette) outside of Vegas in a community that largely feels desolate, given how many people have moved away due to the housing crisis.
Charlie has changed in recent years, distancing himself from his pal, Ed (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) and managing to score the popular Amy (Imogen Poots). Still, it becomes a question of what has Charlie gained and what has he lost in his attempts to be part of the popular crowd.
Meanwhile, when people go missing in the area, it's ignored by everyone but Ed - who's now ignored by Charlie as someone who hasn't grown up. Still, when evidence persists further, Charlie tries to take matters into his own hands, eventually enlisting the help of a Criss Angel-like magician named Peter Vincent (David Tennant, channeling Russell Brand.)
The movie does have some fun with the vampire mythology and otherwise at times, and the dark humor manages to work reasonably well. Still, while the movie may have been made in part due to an attempt to capitalize on the "Twilight" films, this is no "Twilight" and is definitely more of a straightforward, R-rated horror picture. Gillespie delivers some solid scares and quiet tension - especially one scene on a largely deserted highway - although some of the CGI effects are somewhat subpar.
Performances are good across the board, with Yelchin and Farrell offering above-average performances and Poots and Collette offering excellent supporting efforts. Overall, while not without a few goofy moments, "Fright Night" is a mostly successful entry for the horror genre.
VIDEO: "Fright Night" is given a 1.78:1 (1080p) presentation on Blu-Ray that looks perfectly fine. Filmed with HD-video cameras, the picture can have a murky, somewhat soft appearance in some of the darker sequences, but otherwise comes across looking reasonably crisp and detailed in most scenes. No edge enhancement was seen, but a few traces of pixelation were noted in a couple of scenes. Colors looked deep and bold throughout the majority of the picture.
SOUND: The DTS-HD 7.1 presentation is a bold, fun mix that certainly puts the surrounds to use during some of the creepier scenes of the film for effects and more. Audio quality remained terrific, with crisp dialogue and clear, well-recorded effects.
EXTRAS: Not much - the extended/uncut version of the "Squid Man" short within the film, bloopers, music video, "How to Make a Funny Vampire Movie" guide, deleted/extended scenes (on the Blu-Ray only) and Peter Vincent piece.
The DVD edition of the film is also included.
Final Thoughts: "Fright Night" isn't without a few goofy moments, but the picture is an otherwise entertaining horror flick, with fine performances. The Blu-Ray boasts fine video quality and very good audio quality, as well as a couple of minor supplements.
The Film B-