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Fright Night (2011) is a remake of the cult 1985 horror-comedy hit, starring Colin Farrell, Anton Yelchin, David Tennant, Toni Collette, Imogen Poots and Christopher Mintz-Plasse. It drops the Peter Vincent Becoming the Mask story and turns Charley into a Buffy-type character, with Jerry resembling both Spike (suave and cool) and Angelus (loves to kill and psychologically torture his victims), and Peter as a Vegas showman instead of a former actor.Despite under-performing at the box office, the film has turned out to be a critical success.In late 2012, a direct-to-video sequel was announced under a different studio to be shot in Romania. It was later announced that the sequel would be a remake of the original film (and remake of the remake) with Charley, Amy, Peter and "Evil" Ed coming back, with Jerry Gender Flipped as a woman named Gerri.
Even Amy and Charley's mom are upgraded. The former uses a flail and silver bullets, and the latter uses a realtor sign as a stake.
Affably Evil: Jerry. He even continues to act casual and make small talk while attacking his prey. May border on Faux Affably Evil, but we're given little reason to believe this isn't his true personality.
All Is Well That Ends Well: Peter lost his girlfriend, but that's okay! We have proof and a whole group of witnesses/victims who can prove vampires exist.
An Axe to Grind: Charley wields a battle axe one during his battle with vampire Ed. He also is seen holding a normal one on the poster to the film.
The stake gun being similar to the one used in Fright Night II.
Charley and Amy being chased by Ed in Peter's lair is extremely similar to a scene in Fright Night II, in which the characters are chased through the library by a werewolf.
Just when you think they've turned Peter Vincent into a Criss Angel clone, he pulls off the facial hair and wig, resembling something much closer to Roddy McDowall's character (albeit with some Mick Jagger rubbed on).
Charley's mother uses a real estate sign she had from earlier to stake Jerry.
The symbol that Charley photographs, which leads to Vincent's reaction to whom they were dealing with.
The camera focuses on a revolver in one of Peter Vincent's display cases, and Amy tries using it against Jerry later.
When Charley is looking through Ed's notes, he speculates about a stake gun at the bottom of the page, and Peter uses one of his own in the finale.
Chekhov's Lecture: Jerry takes a little time to tell Charley how to target the heart and stake it, which comes in useful when vampire!Amy tries to bite him. Staking her off-center gets her off him and lets him save her later on.
Cluster F-Bomb: Ed has one when he is filming Jerry and believes for a moment that Jerry has seen him.
Invoked by Jerry to Charley, when he was speaking to him about his mom and girlfriend. This leads Charley to become a Buffy-type vampire slayer.
Also, Charley to Peter. It takes a little while for it to work, but it does!
Dark and Troubled Past: Turns out Peter Vincent knows full well that vampires are real, he only chooses to ignore it. The reason being that when he was a child he witnessed a vampire killing his parents. Said vampire turns out to be Jerry himself.
Deadly Delivery: One of the vampires impersonates a delivery guy so he will be invited inside and bypass the entry prohibition.
Death by Cameo: Chris Sarandon, who played Jerry in the original, is one of Jerry's victims.
Determinator: Ed keeps kicking ass even after getting one of his arms taken off.
Charley and Amy are almost out of the club that is a part of Peter's penthouse complex. Then Jerry shows up and Charley is caught by a bouncer and watches his girlfriend get turned.
When Charley realizes Jerry's kidnapped and imprisoned a woman, he attempts a daring rescue. In the tensest ten minutes of the film, Charley sneaks in, frees her and narrowly escapes Jerry's attention repeatedly before breaking for freedom into sunlight and freedom. Except Jerry turned the woman already, and was just toying with the both of them the entire time. She bursts into flames in the sun.
I Was Just Joking: Peter's reaction to finding out that Charley had taken his suggestion about setting himself on fire seriously. He suggested setting *Jerry* on fire, and he *was* completely serious. He was surprised that Peter took his suggestion after pointing out the obvious flaw in the plan (how do you get close enough to stake a vampire while he's on fire?).
Peter: Oh shit. I may not be drunk enough for this.
Instant Expert: Zigzagged. Charley looks up a guide on how to pick locks when trying to break into Jerry's house, but he gives up and looks for a key instead. However, only a little while later, he manages to pick the lock on Doris' cell without consulting the guide again but it takes him a couple tries and several minutes.
Charley tried to cut off and avoid Ed when he got a hot girlfriend and popular friends, and blew off Ed's concern that Jerry was a vampire — only to discover Ed was right. Guilt and desire to protect his mother and Amy drive him to seek out Peter Vincent for help.
Peter as well. He starts as a foul-mouthed, alcoholic prima donna who refuses to help Charley even after Jerry killed everyone in the night club he lives above. He shows up at the end to help Charley defeat Jerry.
Kick the Dog: Jerry allows Charley to think his rescue of Doris has been successful, only to have her explode into flames and die as soon as they get out into sunlight, for no other reason than to screw with him.
When Jerry reveals that he is the vampire that fed on and murdered Peter Vincent's parents. He expresses that Peter has his mother's eyes. And one unsuccessful attempt at shooting him later, his father's aim.
Kill It with Fire: ...and a stake. This is Peter's suggestion on the best way to kill the vampire Jerry.
Logo Joke: Down through the Dreamworks clouds to the town below.
Man on Fire: For the final battle, Charley suits up in a fireproof suit drenched in gas and sets himself ablaze in order to burn Jerry.
More Than Mind Control: Jerry uses this from time to time when he's not using brute force to turn others. He uses a nice mix of old fashioned manipulation and temptation to pull people under his sway to turn them into vampires.
It's implied that the reason Amy didn't resist him when he gave her a vampire kiss was due to a mix of his blood and her secret attraction to him.
Mr. Fanservice: David Tennant; Shirtless; In leather trousers. You're welcome.
Reality Ensues: Peter Vincent points out that leather trousers really don't "breathe", and spends a good amount of time pulling on them to get comfortable. Although shirtless David Tennant in leather trousers grabbing his crotch is also pretty effective Fanservice.
No Time to Explain: Charley tells his mother he doesn't have time to explain a million things to her.
Not Distracted by the Sexy: Charley is so wigged out by Jerry bringing Doris into his apartment that he blows off Amy's advances, much to her irritation.
Not So Different: Charley berates Peter for his refusal to help, but Peter explains that when his parents were killed, the only reason he survived was because he was smart enough to hide...which is exactly what Charley did while Jerry fed on Doris; his first close encounter with a vampire.
They can't enter a house without an invitation though they can find sneaky loopholes like pretending to be delivery boys, cornering people in abandoned buildings, or blowing the place up. They turn humans with a bite, are burned by holy water and can be turned instantly to dust by a stake to the heart or sunlight.
Vincent's dialogue, referring to Jerry's lot as a particular "breed," suggests there might be other kinds of vampires out there.
When Jerry is finally defeated, black mists leave the turned victims' bodies due to the power of the Stake of Saint Michael, indicating that they were being possessed instead of truly turned.
Sequel Hook: Vincent notes that Jerry's part of a specific vampire breed. Jerry himself heavily implies werewolves are real.
Setting Update: The remake is set in Las Vegas, with Peter Vincent turned into a Criss Angel-esque figure. As Charley and Ed both point out, it makes a very good place for vampires (lots of people work night shift, people move in and out of there all the time).
Charley has a broad knowledge of every known substance that's supposed to repel and kill vampires in fiction, Jerry laughingly shrugs off every attempt. He learns the hard way that, among other things, you need to hit the heart for a stake to work, and you have to have faith for holy symbols to be a real deterrent. Otherwise, he can quickly grab it and toss it away. We also never see Jerry's reaction to garlic.
Also happens with Amy when she tries shooting silver bullets at Jerry. As he happily informs her, that only hurts werewolves. She follows it up with holy water, which DOES hurt vampires.
Vampire Bites Suck: Some of the victims get their throats torn out bloodily. Others get the classic bite and suck.