Charlie Brewster (Yelchin) has everything going for him; he's popular, academically on the right track and has the hottest girl in school as his girlfriend. While everything is almost perfect, trouble then finds Brewster and his mother (Collette), when Jerry (Farrell) moves in next door. Having initially passed off as an all-round nice guy, they eventually discover the real reason as to why he has moved into the neighborhood. It turns out that Jerry is no more than a blood-thirsty vampire who’s looking for some fresh and easy prey. After many failed attempts of seeking help and sharing this hard-to-believe story with anyone who’ll listen, Charlie is faced with the dreadful challenge of stopping Jerry all by himself in this dark-humoured horror flick.

Despite being a remake of the 1985 original, Fright Night is set be one of the very few remakes that has topped its original both commercially and critically. The story combines humor with horror; a tricky feat to pull off, but a sadistically rewarding one.

Yelchin (Terminator Salvation, Star Trek) does a good job as the high school student gone mad, but he's still perhaps a little too green to hold a lead role. Farrell is one of the most inconsistent actors in Hollywood, but he comes up trumps in this role. Conversely, Collette is never one to let down (The Sixth Sense, Little Miss Sunshine), and she is a credit to the cast. Her early attraction to Farrell’s mysterious character plays nicely into the plot. British actor David Tennant plays Peter Vincent; a magician and supposed vampire expert that Charley turns to for help.

Fright Night was filmed with 3D cameras, and although the effects are a little redundant, the film is still pleasant and interesting to look at from a strictly aesthetic point of view.

Overall, this is a definite recommendation for anyone looking for a horror film that doesn’t take itself seriously. This will make you laugh as much as it will make you jump, and is better than the original in almost every way.