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Fright Night
(2011)

Tom Holland's original was no classic, but it did embrace the goofiness of its premise, and was helped along immensely by the wonderful Roddy McDowall. The fun is mostly absent from Craig Gillespie's by-the-numbers remake, which is serviceably delivered but by playing it straight he misses the point. 

Nothing to really complain about performance-wise; Anton Yelchin and Imogen Poots (I'm sure she does) are attractive leads, Christopher Mintz-Plasse does his dial-a-nerd, Colin Farrell lurks menacingly. 

Ironically, since he's pretty much delivering a drunk sweary version of his Doctor Who vocally, David Tennant gives the most enjoyable performance (it doesn't need saying that he can't fill McDowall's shoes) and makes the final act almost worthwhile. A few overt nods to the original; a cameo from Chris Sarandon and the vampire designs.

**1/2

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