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I won't summarize the movie here since this is a brief review and the Internet is littered with good full-length reviews if you are really interested. I would recommend fore-going the reviews all together and just seeing the movie.
One thing I will say, there was not much "fright" in Fright Night but if you've seen the original you weren't expecting much in the way of scary anyway. The new version does have much better "jump" scares. But the terrified, can't look out from between my fingers scenes are not to be found in this tale. Don't worry, you won't miss it. The film makes fun of itself, the original, Twilight vampires and books, etc. It's a brilliant throw-back to classic horror flicks that were more about the camp and laughs than the screams.
Colin Farrell was excellent. He was the perfect sort of creepy sexy. I'm not sure anyone else could have pulled it off as well as he did. And of course David Tennant was brilliant. I liked the changes they made to his character from the original. I don't think he stole every scene as I've read in other reviews; I'm just glad I wasn't distracted by his acting or the whole "Doctor Who is killing vampires" thing. He did make a great ass but I was glad you grew to like him by the end of the film. I also liked the changes they made to Poots character. I think the original Evil character was a better option but they did make the relationship between the two boys more believable.
There's not a lot of depth but that was part of the appeal. Nothing was too serious, the acting was spot-on, and the updates were wonderful. The head-nods to the original were perfect and the best parts of the 3D was the cool effect they put on the lettering.
Vamp on my friends! And enjoy the show.