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FRIGHT NIGHT Remake: Did It Work?

Fright Night 2011
When it was announced that one of my favorite horror films, Fright Night, was receiving a remake, I was intrigued. Remakes, as we all know, don’t always work, but they’re amazing when they do. So, I was willing to give this film a chance.

When the trailer came out, my husband, Sean, and I viewed it online. We were pretty disappointed. The remake looked nothing like the original! Now, don’t get me wrong, what’s the point of remaking a movie when you’re just going to do it scene by scene? But, come on, respect the original at least some!

With that being said, we still went to see it because we still wanted to give it a chance. Well, needless to say, we not only got a bad movie, but there were very, very few similarities.

One thing that annoyed us about the remake was the role of the girlfriend. In the original, she was beautiful, but you could find her in your average school. In the remake, she was not only Hollywood beautiful, but they kept reminding us of it constantly!

Another thing was that Charlie was kind of a geek in the first one. This was before being an outcast was considered the “in” thing. The thing was, him being a bit of a geek before made him more relatable to the average viewer. In the newer one, Charlie seemed like he was way too cool for the whole thing. Not relatable at all.

Fright Night 1986

What really made the first one awesome was that Charlie loved this Vincent Price type show that he watched all the time. Sean and I loved that about him because just like Charlie, we all have something that we’re big fans of. In the newer film, Charlie…well, Charlie was just Charlie. There was nothing that gave him any real definition.

I haven’t even scratched the surface on this one, but I’ve complained long enough. I’m just going to end this one by saying that sometimes you don’t mess with a classic and it looks like this was one of those that just should have been left alone.

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In my early twenties, I was an actress in some horror films and I wrote film reviews on a Christian website under the name Sarah Brock. I'm now happy to explore the world of horror once again.