Click here!

Fright Night (15)

Comedy, Horror

A teenager suspects that his new neighbor is a vampire.

More information on this production is available at

The critical consensus

Slick popcorn horror, faithful to the fun and flair of the original. The 3D works, the cast appeals, the action’s fast (but not so frightening). A decent remake – it just needs more bite.

***(*)(*)Rosie Fletcher, Total Film, 11/08/2011

Funny and scary — and sometimes both at once — it lives up to the original, even if it fails to surpass it.

***(*)(*)Helen O'Hara, Empire Online, 29/08/2011

Farrell is both funny and creepy, especially when settling down to watch Real Housewives Of New Jersey after a late bite, and there's a nostalgic bonus ball when Chris Sarandon, the original Jerry, pops up for a cameo appearance.

***(*)(*)Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 30/08/2011

Best appreciated by male adolescents: this is Twilight for boys.

***(*)(*)Anton Bitel, Little White Lies, 31/08/2011

It's smart and funny, but (unlike the original) instantly forgettable, and, crucially, not remotely frightening – even with blood and intestines spattering out in 3D.

***(*)(*)Cath Clarke, The Guardian, 01/09/2011

Colin Farrell proves his comedy credentials once more in this surprisingly effective horror remake.

****(*)Sukhdev Sandhu, The Telegraph, 01/09/2011

I am not entirely sure who this is aimed at...but it's a decent enough remake.

***(*)(*)Henry Fitzherbert, Daily Express, 01/09/2011

If you're a teeny bit sick of the tremulous Twilight and want giggles with the gore, this is a safe bet.

***(*)(*)Anthony Quinn, The Independent, 02/09/2011

Bitten but not smitten.

***(*)(*)Chris Tookey, Daily Mail, 02/09/2011

There are some neat twists on the notion of vampirism as a metaphor for puberty too, so it's a bit of a shame that pacing issues (Christopher Mintz-Plasse disappears for most of the movie), a plot-hole ridden conclusion, and 3D cinematography that is so dim it is at times almost impossible to see what's going on, prevent this from being the riotous film it could have been.

***(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 03/09/2011

While it's not a strictly necessary remake, Fright Night gets its four stars because of this near-perfect blend of jolts and jokes, making it one of the best horror remakes I've seen in ages, even if, given the likes of Friday The 13th, Last House On The Left and I Spit On Your Grave, that's not saying much.

****(*)Daily Record, 02/09/2011

The original's homoerotic aspect has been dropped, the special effects are far more elaborate and the action infinitely more violent.

Philip French, The Observer, 04/09/2011

For its first half, Fright Night is very well-crafted fun...but it loses something once it gets out of high school and the suburbs, and into more conventional horror-comedy territory.

Nicholas Barber, The Independent on Sunday, 04/09/2011

Fright Night (15)

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

Comments: 0 (Add)

To post a comment, you need to sign in or register. Forgotten password? Click here.

Find a show

Search the site

Find us on …

Find us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterFind us on YouTube

Click here!