You can’t run from evil when it lives next door
Buffy, the Vampire Slayer and Angel scribe Marti Noxon returns to the vampire genre with Fright Night, the remake of the 1985 cult hit with Colin Farrell, Anton Yelchin, David Tennant (Doctor Who), and Toni Collette.
Jerry Dandridge (Farrell) is indeed sexy and mysterious, but he is not noble, romantic, brooding, and heroic, according to “Evil” Ed (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), who tries to convince best friend Charley Brewster (Yelchin) that his next-door neighbor is a vampire responsible for the disapperance of two students from their high school. Charley is not having any of that, though, because he wants to outgrow his fanboy/geek phase because of his relationship with Amy (Imogen Potts), one of the hottest girls in school. However, when Ed didn’t show for class, Charley begins to worry, and slowly starts to realize that Ed might have been right all along after taking a look into the former’s video diaries shadowing Dandridge and doing a little detective work himself.
In order to protect Amy and his mother (Collette), Charley enlists the aid of self-proclaimed vampire expert Peter Vincent (Tennant), who is somehow connected to Dandridge, and these two unlikely heroes must stand alone to slay this force of darkness (paraphrased from Buffy, I know, but I had to say it!) before this creature of the night
In the original, no one believed Charley that his next-door neighbor is a vampire, whereas in this version, Evil Ed was the believer, and Charley was the skeptic who begins to believe throughout the movie.
In the era of Buffy, Angel, Twilight, True Blood, and The Vampire Diaries, Jerry Dandridge may be a little bit like Spike and Damon Salvatore but nowhere as tortured, remorseful, and soulful as Angel, Edward Cullen, and Stefan Salvatore. Fright Night remains true to the original (look for an cameo from one of the cast members) where the vampires, though charming and good-looking, are indeed scary, dangerous, and want to drink your blood.
In other words, the perfect, old-school horror-comedy for the post-superhero late summer season.