[Review] ‘Fright Night 3D’ Lacks the Soul and Charm of Its Predecessor

Coming out this Friday, August 19th, Dreamworks’ Fright Night 3D is a Craig Gillespie-directed remake of the hit 1985 vampire flick about a high school boy who discovers that a vampire has moved in next door. The updated cast includes Anton Yelchin as Charley Brewster, Colin Farrell as Jerry Dandrige, Christopher Mintz-Plasse as “Evil” Ed Thompson, and David Tennant as Peter Vincent (in this version written as a cheesy Vegas magician).

Unfortunately, if you were hoping for a halfway decent reboot, you might want to tamp down on those expectations. Succinctly put: Now we’ve got the inevitable remake, a visually slick product that boasts a bigger-name cast but lacks the soul and charm of its predecessor. I’m not one of these people who believes all remakes are automatically bad – hell, a precious few are actually better than the films that inspired them – but ‘Fright Night’ 2011 is the sort of lackluster effort that helped create that perception in the first place.

A visually slick product that boasts a bigger-name cast but lacks the soul and charm of its predecessor…What also feels stilted are the special effects, which rely so heavily on CGI that the grand finale looks like something copped from a video game. This will likely be the final straw for hardcore fans of the original…” Click the title for the review in its entirety.

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