Fright Night



Remake blends bloody vampire violence with humor.
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  • Review Date: August 19, 2011
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Horror
  • Release Year: 2011
  • Running Time: 106 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Buried somewhere under all the scary stuff is some commentary about being yourself: Charley tries to be "cool" for his girlfriend and avoids his old, "nerdy" friends, but he discovers that it's too much work. Likewise, when the "magician" Peter agrees to help Charley, he learns to face his problems and to think of others besides himself.

Positive role models

Charley is mostly very responsible, sacrificing his already tentative relationship with his girlfriend to protect all his loved ones from the vampire threat. He works tirelessly to solve the problem at hand.


Though the movie's tone is slightly comic, there's still plenty of strong, vampire-related violence, including lots of blood, dead bodies, biting of necks, licking of blood, stabbing with stakes, shooting with crossbows and guns, characters being hit with cars, fighting, and explosions. Vampires burst into flame and ashes when they're killed.


Plenty of flirting and sexual innuendo (most of it dealing with a vampire's power to seduce). And Charley and Amy definitely think about having sex. They kiss, and, in one scene, Amy unsuccessfully attempts to seduce him. (Potential spoiler alert) At the end of the story, they prepare for their first sexual experience.


Strong, frequent language includes many uses of "f--k" and "s--t." Other words include "p---y," "bitch," "ass," "balls," "d--k," "jerk-off," "crap," "douchebag," "hell," "damn," "goddamn," "oh my God," and "Jesus Christ" (as an exclamation).


Two mentions of eBay, which are the setup and payoff of a joke. Ben & Jerry's ice cream and TiVo are also mentioned.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

A supporting (adult) character drinks a great deal, almost compulsively; he even appears drunk during the final battle and takes a swig from a flask afterward -- this is all portrayed humorously. The vampire borrows a six pack of beer but doesn't drink any on screen. There's a quick joke about a teen being "on drugs."

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this Colin Farrell vampire movie -- a remake of the same-named 1985 cult classic -- blends comedy and horror. But despite the attempt at a lighter tone, it has plenty of vampire violence, with lots of blood, biting, stabbing, shooting, burning, and fighting. Language is likewise strong, with many uses of "f--k" and "s--t" throughout. There's no nudity, but characters are definitely thinking about sex, and there's lots of flirting and innuendo. One supporting character, an adult, may have a drinking problem, which is treated somewhat comically. So, no, this isn't Twilight -- but older teens who like their vampires with (pun intended) more bite will probably want to check it out.

What's the story?

In a Las Vegas suburb, Charley (Anton Yelchin) has a new girlfriend (Imogen Poots) and is working hard to leave his nerdy past behind. Unfortunately, one of Charley's extra-geeky old friends, Ed (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), shows up, claiming that Charley's mysterious new neighbor, Jerry (Colin Farrell), is a vampire. Charley tries to ignore the matter, but after Ed disappears, he starts investigating and finds some horrifying evidence. Unfortunately, he also finds that he has a difficult time getting anyone to believe him. He even tries to recruit local stage magician/self-proclaimed vampire hunter, Peter Vincent (David Tennant). But ultimately, Charley has no choice but to face Jerry himself, help or no help.

Is it any good?


The original 1985 Fright Night gleefully celebrated old-time horrors while at the same time commenting on modern horrors in a humorous way; it also had a slew of modern-day gore and special effects. This remake essentially stays true to that formula, with great success. Director Craig Gillespie and screenwriter Marti Noxon (a veteran of TV's Buffy the Vampire Slayer) create a world in which the Twilight books exist, but vampires are beer-drinking handymen rather than brooding teens; they're not necessarily cooler than anybody else, but they are one jump ahead.

The movie sets up a delightfully wry cat-and-mouse game as the heroes search for vampire rules online, and the vampires simply change them on a whim. The breezy direction allows plenty of room for the actors, especially a hammy David Tennant (Doctor Who), to stretch out and shine. The end result is a mood that's funny and playful, like a really good late-night movie on TV.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the movie's violence. How do the comic undertones affect its impact? Is any of it disturbing rather than just scary/thrilling?

  • What's the appeal of vampires and vampire movies? Are they scary? How is this movie similar to the popular Twilight movies? How is it different?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:August 19, 2011
DVD release date:December 13, 2011
Cast:Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrell, David Tennant
Director:Craig Gillespie
Studios:DreamWorks, Walt Disney Pictures
Run time:106 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:bloody horror violence, and language including some sexual references

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Teen, 14 years old Written bythis1s4uandme August 27, 2011

Great for older teens!!!!:)

I just saw this movie last night and i was very plesently suprised!:) It definatly earned its R rating due to lots of violance and launguage. The launguage isnt anything kids dont hear in school it was just used very excessivly. There werent many scary parts so anyone over 13 shouldnt be too terrified. Overall a great vampire movie!:):):)
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 14 years old Written byontario_96 August 20, 2011

Great for teens!!

There is plenty of violence in this film, including some gore. Nothing over the top. The language is frequent. In my hometown this movie is rated 14A, and I think that is a fair rating. There is some sexual innuendo, but nothing a mature 13 year old can't handle.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Teen, 16 years old Written bybanana man13 August 24, 2011


its a great movie sure they swear alot like about 42 f bombs sl*t is said twice d***** is mentioned 2 times and there is tons of gore like stabbing neck biting and they start sex but the camera pans away
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking


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