YOU CAN’T RUN FROM EVIL WHEN IT LIVES NEXT DOOR.
When one of his childhood friends disappears, teenager Charley Brewster (Anton Yelchin) finds footage proving that his new next-door neighbor (Colin Farrell) in all likelihood is a vampire. A surprisingly entertaining 3D remake of the 1985 horror-comedy that features plenty of gory fun, as well as a solid performance by Yelchin and a perfect one by Farrell as a decidedly blue-collar bloodsucker. David Tennant stands up less well to Roddy McDowall, and some of the changes to the story aren’t really worth the effort, but the movie has a darkly appealing look and evokes the original’s best sentiments.
2011-U.S. 106 min. Color. Directed by Craig Gillespie. Cast: Anton Yelchin (Charley Brewster), Colin Farrell (Jerry Dandrige), Toni Collette (Jane Brewster), David Tennant (Peter Vincent), Imogen Poots, Christopher Mintz-Plasse.
Trivia: Chris Sarandon, who played the vampire in the original, has a small role. Followed by a direct-to-video sequel, Fright Night 2 (2013).