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->''You can't run from evil when it lives next door.''
-->-- '''{{Tagline}}'''

''Fright Night'' (2011) is a remake of the cult [[Film/FrightNight1985 1985 horror-comedy hit]], starring Creator/ColinFarrell, Creator/AntonYelchin, Creator/DavidTennant, Toni Collette, Creator/ImogenPoots, and Creator/ChristopherMintzPlasse. It drops the Peter Vincent BecomingTheMask story and turns Charley into a Series/{{Buffy|the Vampire Slayer}}-type character, with Jerry resembling both Spike (suave and cool) and Angelus (loves to kill and psychologically torture his victims), and Peter as a UsefulNotes/LasVegas 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, ''Film/FrightNight2NewBlood'', would be a remake of the original film (and remake of the remake) with Charley, Amy, Peter, and "Evil" Ed coming back, with Jerry [[GenderFlip Gender Flipped]] as a woman named Gerri, played by Creator/JaimeMurray.
!! The film features the following tropes:

* ActionSurvivor: [[spoiler:Peter, as a child, hid and then run away while Jerry]] was busy eating his parents. When [[spoiler:Evil Ed]] shows up, he [[KnowWhenToFoldEm repeats his action]].
* AdaptationalBadass:
** Charley goes from being the ActionSurvivor to a slayer who gets his own LockAndLoadMontage.
** Jerry [[spoiler:BLOWS UP YOUR HOUSE]].
** 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.
* AffablyEvil: Jerry. He even continues to act casual and make small talk while attacking his prey. May border on FauxAffablyEvil, but we're given little reason to believe this isn't his true personality.
* AllIsWellThatEndsWell: [[spoiler:Peter lost his girlfriend, but that's okay! We have proof and a whole group of witnesses/victims who can prove vampires exist.]]
* AnAxeToGrind: Charley wields a battleaxe during his battle with [[spoiler:Vampire!Ed]]. He also is seen holding a normal one on the poster to the film.
* AssholeVictim: Mark, the JerkJock who goes out of his way to torment Ed at every possible opportunity.
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther:
** Peter and Ginger have some highly entertaining friendly bickering. [[spoiler:Her death is the final push that Peter needs to stop hiding and start fighting.]]
** Same for Charley and Ed, as Charley looks devastated after [[spoiler:he's forced to stake Ed]].
* AxCrazy: Averted, despite what the poster implies.
* BadassLongcoat: Part of Peter's standard stage attire. He also wears it during [[spoiler:the assault on Jerry's house]].
* BigBad: Once again, Jerry is the head vampire and the one Peter heads to stake to thwart the EvilPlan.
* BigEater: Amy, who admits to having an insatiable appetite after asking Charley about dinner before even finishing a smoothie that looks too big to even fit in her stomach.
* {{Blackmail}}: Ed threatens to reveal some awful truths about Charley's past to force Charley to help him investigate Jerry.
* BrosBeforeHoes: {{Subverted|Trope}}, even if the plot seems to move toward this for a while. Ed feels betrayed and has every single reason for that: Charley cut all contacts with his former friends, afraid that being connected with bunch of nerds will destroy his prospects with Amy. [[spoiler:Eventually, Amy calls Charley out on being a jerk for doing so and admitting that his NiceGuy persona was what really appealed to her.]]
** Gets additional subtext after [[spoiler:Ed returns as a vampire]], openly blaming Charley for his state and how everything fell apart because of his betrayal. Not to mention [[spoiler:how devastated Charley gets after staking long-life friend]].
* CarFu: And a motorcycle.
* CassandraTruth: {{Zigzagged|Trope}}; some will believe the story about the vampires and others don't.
* ChangedMyMindKid:
--> [[spoiler:'''Peter''': I guess I don't want to be a man like me, either.]]
* ChekhovsArmoury: Peter's collection of relics and weapons come in handy repeatedly over the course of the story.
* ChekhovsGun: In order of use:
## [[spoiler:Charley's mother uses a real estate sign she had from earlier to stake Jerry.]]
## [[spoiler:The symbol that Charley photographs, which leads to Peter's reaction to whom they were dealing with.]]
## [[spoiler:The camera focuses on a revolver in one of Peter's display cases, and Amy tries using it against Jerry later.]]
## [[spoiler: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.]]
* ChekhovsLecture: Jerry takes a little time to tell Charley how to target the heart and stake it, which comes in useful when [[spoiler:Vampire!Amy tries to bite him. Staking her off-center gets her off him ''and'' lets him save her later on]].
* ClusterFBomb: Ed has one when he is filming Jerry and believes for a moment that Jerry has seen him.
* ConvectionSchmonvection: Despite Charley's fire-retardant clothing, he was burning long enough to feel some extreme pain if not burned. This may be why he [[spoiler:[[FridgeBrilliance faints briefly and is out of it for a few seconds once the battle is over]]]].
* CoversAlwaysLie: Despite being on the poster, no axes are used at all during the film.
** [[Series/DoctorWho Well...]]there is one, but it's not a fire axe.
** Also no vampires in the film have red eyes, as the poster believes it to you.
* CowardlyLion: Peter spends a majority of the time going straight into panic mode, but when the chips are down, he finally proves he has a little bit of grit.
* CrazyPrepared: Peter has a panic room, guns with silver bullets and chalices kept full of holy water even while in a display case.
* CrossMeltingAura: It's unclear whether Jerry is able to overcome Charley's cross or is unaffected entirely, but either way, it bursts into flames when he grabs it.
* DamselInDistress: As numerous viewers noted, GenderFlipped - it's Amy who saves helpless Charley from [[spoiler:Vampire!Ed]]. With a [[EpicFlail flail]], no less. Unlike in the original movie, she can take care for herself pretty well.
* DareToBeBadass:
** {{Invoked|Trope}} by Jerry to Charley, when he was speaking to him about his mom and girlfriend. This leads Charley to become a Series/{{Buffy|the Vampire Slayer}}-type vampire slayer.
** Also, Charley to Peter. [[spoiler:It takes a little while for it to work, but it does!]]
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Turns out [[spoiler:Peter 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]].
* DeadlyDelivery: [[spoiler:Vampire!Ed impersonates a delivery guy so he will be invited inside Peter's penthouse and bypass the entry prohibition.]]
* DeathByCameo: [[spoiler:Chris Sarandon, who played Jerry in the original, is one of Jerry's victims.]]
* DecompositeCharacter: Ed fills pretty much the same role he did in the original, with the added bonus of being the one who gets Charley involved instead of the reverse. However, his personality's been given a radical overhaul to make him more normal and sympathetic, and his over-the-top mannerisms and sneering, jerkish personality have been removed and placed in new character Mark.
* {{Determinator}}: [[spoiler:Ed keeps kicking ass even after getting one of his arms taken off.]]
* DisappearedDad: Charley's and in Peter's case, his dad and his [[MissingMom mother]] as well [[spoiler:but [[YouKilledMyFather there is a good reason for that]]]].
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Jerry's attacks come off as being reminiscent of sexual assault.
** Except for his performing a voluntary [[spoiler:vampirization on Ed]], which looks like a baptism.
** And then there's Jerry getting [[spoiler:Vampire!Amy]] to suck blood from a wound in his chest while he grips her hair and arches his head back. This is a scene straight out of ''Literature/{{Dracula}}'' where the titular character forces a woman to drink from a wound in his chest in a similar manner.
* DontDoAnythingIWouldntDo: Given verbatim by Peter when he [[spoiler:leaves Charley and Amy alone in his penthouse so they can have sex]].
--> '''Peter''': [[PlayedForLaughs That doesn't narrow it down. That's like, mini-golf and sushi.]]
* DoubleEntendre: At the very end, when Charley is about to have sex with Amy, his mom calls and he tells her that he can't talk right now because "[[{{RagingStiffie}} something just came up]]."
* DoubleStandard: Charley gets thrown out of a club for being underage. When he tries to alert the bouncer to the fact that Jerry is about to give Amy his blood, the bouncer only notes that the girl who is also clearly underage must be enjoying making out with a much older guy.
* DyingAsYourself: [[spoiler:Implied with Ed and Jerry.]]
* EpicFlail: Amy uses one against [[spoiler:Vampire!Ed]].
* EvilGloating: [[spoiler:Jerry has Charley right where he can kill him. What does he do? Point out the proper spot to stake a vampire...which Charley didn't know previously. NiceJobFixingItVillain.]]
* EvilOverlooker: On the poster, Jerry is ominously placed looking over Charley.
* ExactlyWhatIAimedAt: Charley misses [[spoiler:Amy's heart with a stake]].
* {{Expy}}: As noted above, Charley is essentially a male [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffy]], while Jerry is [[CompositeCharacter a mix of Spike and Angelus]].
* ExtremelyShortTimeSpan: The second half of the film happens in less than twelve hours, and the story as a whole is wrapped in three days.
* FireForgedFriends: Peter and Charley bond over vampire slaying.
* GameFace: The vampires break these out when they're about to feed.
* GenreSavvy: Charley, once realizing that he should've taken Ed seriously about Jerry being a vampire, kicks in with crosses and every other anti-vampire tactic he can think of.
* GiveGeeksAChance: The story starts some time after Amy already gave Charley a chance. He thinks it's because he dropped most of his "geek stuff" and alienated his former friends. [[spoiler:She picked him ''because'' of his geekiness or, rather, for not being a JerkJock]].
--> '''Amy:''' I knew you were a dweeb.
* GoGoEnslavement: Just like in the original movie, Amy inexplicably winds up in [[WomanInWhite a white dress]] when Charley finds her in the basement. It gets extra squicky when you realize that between the scene at the nightclub and the basement, Amy has lost her pants and Jerry's shirt that was buttoned before is now unbuttoned. This implies something might have happened between them before Charley and Peter come to the rescue.
* {{Guyliner}}: Part of Peter's stage look.
* HellBentForLeather: Peter hates it, but it's part of his costume.
* [[SheWillComeForMe He Will Come For Me]]: {{Invoked|Trope}} by Amy. The response is not what she was hoping for.
--> '''Amy''': Charley's going to come. He's gonna find me.
--> '''Jerry''': [[spoiler:I'm counting on it.]]
* HolyBurnsEvil: Both played straight with holy water and [[CrossMeltingAura inverted with a cross]].
* HolyHandGrenade: The stake blessed by St. Michael that supposedly restores the target's victims. [[spoiler:It works.]]
* HopeSpot:
** Charley and Amy are almost out of the club that is a part of Peter's penthouse complex. [[spoiler: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 his neighbor Doris, he attempts a [[BigDamnHeroes daring rescue]]. In the tensest ten minutes of the film, Charley sneaks in, frees Doris and narrowly escapes Jerry's attention repeatedly before breaking for freedom into sunlight and freedom. [[spoiler:Except Jerry turned Doris already, and was just toying with the both of them the entire time. Doris bursts into flames in the sun.]]
* IWasJustJoking: Peter's reaction to finding out that Charley had taken his suggestion about [[spoiler:setting himself on fire]] seriously. He suggested [[spoiler: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 [[spoiler:(how do you get close enough to stake a vampire while he's on fire?)]].
* INeedAFreakingDrink: Peter in Jerry's basement.
-->'''Peter:''' Oh, shit. I may not be drunk enough for this.
* InstantExpert: {{Zigzagged|Trope}}. 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 [[spoiler:Doris's cell]] without consulting the guide again, but it takes him a couple tries and several minutes.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold:
** 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 for help.
** Peter as well. He starts as a foul-mouthed, alcoholic prima donna who refuses to help Charley even after [[spoiler:Jerry killed everyone in the nightclub he lives above. He shows up at the end to help Charley defeat Jerry]].
* KeyUnderTheDoormat: Fake rock version.
* KickTheDog: [[spoiler: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]].
** [[spoiler:When Jerry reveals that he is the vampire that fed on and murdered Peter's parents. He expresses that Peter has his mother's eyes. And one unsuccessful attempt at shooting him later, his father's aim]].
* KillItWithFire: ...and a stake. This is Peter's suggestion on the best way to kill Jerry.
* LargeHam: Jerry! Which leads to EvilIsHammy because vampire lords love their drama.
** Again, Creator/DavidTennant as Peter Vincent, both on stage and in person when talking with Charley.
* LockAndLoadMontage: Done by Charley before the FinalBattle.
* LogoJoke: Down through the Dreamworks clouds to the town below.
* ManOnFire: For the final battle, [[spoiler:Charley suits up in a fireproof suit drenched in gas and sets himself ablaze in order to burn Jerry]].
* MoreThanMindControl: 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.
** [[spoiler: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.]]
* MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily: The vampires have this going on in their GameFace.
* MrFanservice: Creator/DavidTennant, shirtless and in leather trousers. You're welcome.
** RealityEnsues: Peter 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 rubbing his crotch is also pretty effective {{Fanservice}}.
* MustBeInvited:
** Jerry makes several attempts to get one. When he fails, [[spoiler:[[CombatPragmatist he simply blows up the Brewsters' house]]]].
-->'''Jerry:''' [[spoiler:Don't need an invitation if there's no house.]]
** Ed finds out the hard way that this trope doesn't work if a home has been abandoned.
** They use [[LoopholeAbuse technicalities]] to their advantage, like [[spoiler:casually inviting a deliveryman in for an unusually late night package]].
* MythologyGag:
** To the original, among them:
*** Jerry eating an apple.
*** "You've got to have faith."
*** "You're so cool, Brewster!"
*** "Welcome to ''Fright Night''. For real."
*** [[spoiler:Vampire!Amy's]] GameFace looks like a CGI version of [[spoiler:the original Vampire!Amy's]] GameFace.
** To its sequel:
*** 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 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 Music/MickJagger rubbed on).
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: {{Inverted|Trope}} and {{Lampshaded}} by Charley.
-->'''Charley''': "''Jerry''?" What kind of name is that for a ''vampire''?
* NightmareFace: The [[http://www.shocktillyoudrop.com/images/stories/archive/vampire-jerry-big.jpg vampires]], but especially [[spoiler:[[http://basementrejects.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/fright-night-2011-imogen-poots-vampire-big-mouth.jpg Amy]]]].
* NoTimeToExplain: Charley tells his mother he doesn't have time to explain a million things to her.
* NotDistractedByTheSexy: Charley is so wigged out by Jerry bringing Doris into his house that he blows off Amy's advances, much to her irritation.
* NotSoDifferent: Charley berates Peter for his refusal to help, but Peter explains that [[spoiler: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]].
* OhCrap:
** Charley reacts this way when [[spoiler:he finally manages to get Doris out of Jerry's house, only to have her suddenly turn into ash upon being exposed to sunlight]].
** Peter's face when he realizes [[spoiler:Jerry has set him in a room full of new and hungry vampires and lured them out]].
* OneManArmy: [[spoiler:Peter]] is forced into this position in the final battle. [[spoiler:Unfortunately for him, {{Reality Ensues}} and, after a brief display of badassery, he ends up on the floor being swarmed by vampires.]]
* TheOner: Much of the highway chase is filmed as a long take with the camera within the car, moving in between car seats and actors, ala ''Film/ChildrenOfMen''.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent:
** They can't enter a house without an invitation [[spoiler: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.
** Peter'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, [[spoiler:black mists leave the turned victims' bodies due to the power of the [[HolyHandGrenade Stake of St. Michael]]]], indicating that they were being possessed instead of truly turned.
* ParentalObliviousness: Ed's parents tell Charley he leaves early and have no idea he's ''missing''.
* PragmaticAdaptation: An odd twist on it, as both special effects and the subject matter have drastically changed since the original. Aside from Peter being a stage magician instead of a horror show host, this version of Jerry revels in being a sexual predator, and Ed's HoYay is so great even he comments on it eventually. Such frank treatment of sexuality would have been unthinkable in the 1985 version.
* ProductPlacement:
** Note how clearly the brand name "Vizio" stands out on the TV in the beginning.
** Budweiser
** Chilis
** Century 21 real estate
** Midori-brand liquor
** When Peter's stake-gun fails: "Oh, fuckin' eBay!"
* ProgressivelyPrettier: Amy, from a realistically cute girl in the original movie, to a Hollywood knockout everyone lampshades as out of Charley's league. Matched to the change in their relationship: the original Charley was a horror geek and not the most attentive boyfriend, while here he treats his shared interests with Ed as his UnmanlySecret past in trying to be cool enough for her. (She likes him anyway.)
* QuickNip: Peter carries a hip flask for this purpose.
* RealityEnsues:
** Characters repeatedly hurt their legs by falling from sizable heights.
** See SoftGlass below.
* TheRemake: Of ''Film/FrightNight1985''.
* RemakeCameo: [[spoiler:Chris Sarandon, the original Jerry Dandridge, ends up being [[DeathByCameo a snack for the new Jerry Dandridge]].]]
* SequelHook:
** Peter notes that Jerry's part of a specific vampire breed.
** Jerry himself heavily implies werewolves are real.
* SettingUpdate: The remake is set in UsefulNotes/LasVegas, 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).
* ShoutOut:
** Peter tells Charley he won't be joining his [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Scooby Gang]]. Bonus points for the movie being written by Marti Noxon, who was one of the writers on ''Buffy''.
** The cardboard cut out that Ed beats up is [[VideoGame/StarCraft Jim Raynor]].
** Ed's desktop background is a picture of [[VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends Fiddlesticks]].
** Charley's mom comments that their house (which has numerous crosses and garlic hung from windows) looks like something out of ''Series/DarkShadows''.
** The film's portrayal of vampirism is in general similar to the Franchise/{{Buffyverse}}'s, with vampires being able to switch in-and-out of GameFace and [[NoBodyLeftBehind collapsing into dust when they die]].
** When Peter points a crucifixion nail from his collection at [[spoiler:a vampirised Ed]], the gesture is exactly the same one [[Creator/DavidTennant the actor]] would use for [[Series/DoctorWho the Doctor's sonic screwdriver]]. The fact that the screwdriver is, [[TechnicalPacifist quite deliberately]], not a weapon, and the Doctor usually ends up fleeing from the MonsterOfTheWeek until he can come up with a better idea might also foreshadow the fact that Peter just points it uselessly at his enemy before having to run away.
** Ed mentions ''Film/{{Jaws}}'' and ''Series/{{Farscape}}''.
* SilverBullet: Amy shoots Jerry with some. [[spoiler:They don't work.]]
* SirNotAppearingInThisTrailer: In the remake trailer, Peter is seen for barely a second, with most of the trailer focusing on Charley and Jerry.
* TheSocialDarwinist: Jerry comes off like this, when he makes remarks that he's apart of "hundreds of years of evolution."
* SoftGlass:
** {{Averted|Trope}} unlike so many other films. Every time a character breaks glass, be it a window or a [[spoiler:display case]], they hit it with something else rather than punching through it.
*** Taken to TruthInTelevision level in HilariousOuttakes reel, where glass-made door was hit with a bucket of paint at full force, only for the bucket to bounce off. And then again. And again. And ''again''. The film crew had to replace standard glass installed in such doors with much thinner one to finally break it down for the scene.
** Jerry plays this straight because he's a vampire.
* SpecialPersonNormalName: Jerry the Vampire.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: It's "Charley," not "Charlie."
* {{Suburbia}}: Most of the movie is set in a new middle-class residential development, a little island of identical houses surrounded by desert.
* TakeThat: Some of the marketing, and the movie itself, takes a few digs at the ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' series.
* TitleDrop: As in the original, ''Fright Night'' is the name of Peter Vincent's show. Jerry also gets a chance to say it as well.
* TrademarkFavoriteDrink: Peter and his [[ProductPlacement Midori]]. We never see him drinking anything else. He even uses it to clean his fake tattoo.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil:
** The scene where [[spoiler:Jerry blows up the Brewsters' house]] is one of the main set pieces featured in the trailers.
** Poster ads in Asia would often spoiler the vampire {{Game Face}}s, added to the bottom corner, as if they were afraid people would think it's [[{{Film/Twilight}} that kind of vampire movie]].
* UndersideRide: Jerry, after the heroes try to run him over.
* WrongGenreSavvy:
** Charley has a broad knowledge of every known substance that's supposed to repel and kill vampires in fiction, [[spoiler: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. [[spoiler:She follows it up with holy water, which DOES hurt vampires.]]
* VampireBitesSuck: Some of the victims get their throats torn out bloodily. Others get the classic bite and suck.
* [[YouKilledMyFather You Killed My Parents]]: [[spoiler:Peter's backstory with Jerry.]]
* YourVampiresSuck:
** Ed takes great offense when Charley accuses him of reading ''Literature/{{Twilight}}''. May also count as FridgeBrilliance. Ed's [[NamedLikeMyName formal name]] ''is'' Edward.