Blu-ray Review: FRIGHT NIGHT

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Dec 14, 2011, 12:50 PM

I hated every single thing having to do with the remaking of FRIGHT NIGHT when it was announced.  I thought it was stupid to even undertake, I thought the casting was horrible if not just plain stupid and I thought the idea of moving it to Las Vegas was nothing short of insane.

Turns out I was wrong.

FRIGHT NIGHT works, don't ask em how but it does.

Maybe it's just he fact that it is just a damn good story.  Although they messed around with the location and made Peter Vincent a magician instead of a horror host at its core FRIGHT NIGHT the remake is the same basic story as FRIGHT NIGHT the original and I'm thinking that's why it works as well as it does.

The premise of "Vampire moves in next door and starts killing off the towns folk" rings true this time around as well and as much as I wanted to hate Colin Farrell as Jerry Dandridge truth be told, he pretty much nails it.

I think they actually lost some points for atmosphere this time around as the CGI effects just didn't make the grade for me.  Sure they look slick but problem is, THAT'S THE PROBLEM.  It looks too damn good.  Give me the good old practical effects from 1985 any day of the week my friend.

Which leads us back to the inevitable question, if you're not going to improve upon the original than why bother remaking it at all.  I guess we can ask that question from just about every one of these remakes that they have been cramming down our throats this last decade.

Obviously, this leaves me in a bit of a quandary.  FRIGHT NIGHT is not a bad film.  It is well written, well acted, funny at points, scary at points, seems like it would have it all.  Problem is, it just isn't good enough to warrant watching it over the 1985 original. 

As always I urge you to check it out for yourself, make your own opinion.  I was surprised that it really wasn't a bad film at all, just an unnecessary one.

As far as extras and the like, the usual fare abounds.  Featurettes, behind the scenes, bloopers - you know the drill.  Everything looks and sounds perfect and it comes as a combo pack so you get all the formats and goodies that you could possibly stomach.

A nice packaging of an better than average remake is about the best I can give you on this one.

Go get it now and let me know what you think!   iI's available everywhere you buy DVDs.


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