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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]].
* AdaptationPersonalityChange: In the original, Ed is a cackling, wisecracking weirdo, making his moniker "Evil Ed" fitting. In the remake, he's more of a traditional "dweeb" as well as much more serious.
* 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.
* AdaptationalVillainy: While Jerry is again the BigBad, the remake removes all traces of [[EvenEvilHasStandards the sublimated humanity]] he pointedly displays in the original. Ed outright states in the beginning that Jerry has no tortured, sympathetic depths like all those fictional vampires.
* 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.
* 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. The next scene, his bare torso has no traces of trauma.
* CoversAlwaysLie: Charley never uses a fire axe in the film, and Jerry never has red eyes.
* 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.
* CreditsMontage: The closing credits include clips from the film.
* 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 his parents get killed by a vampire: 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 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.
** Typical of most vampire fiction, feeding someone vampire blood is treated as a euphemism for oral sex, only here it's much more blatant as Jerry rears his head back and runs his fingers through [[spoiler: Amy's]] hair as she sucks on his chest wound.
* 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]].
* 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.
* FluffyTheTerrible: Lampshaded. "''Jerry'' the vampire?!"
* 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.]]
* {{Homage}}: Jerry getting [[spoiler: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.
* 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.]]
* IHaveYouNowMyPretty: An especially creepy one where Jerry separates Amy from Charley [[spoiler: and turns her with a vampire kiss.]]
* ImplacableMan: Jerry. Try any of the usual safety measures on him, he'll exploit a loophole like it was nothing.
* 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.
* 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?)]].
* 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. As Peter unsuccessfully tries to shoot him, Jerry says that he has his mother's eyes... and 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.
** 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. 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.
** Colin Farrel shows off his muscular torso on several occasions.
* MustBeInvited: One of the rules for vampires, which gets in the way of their hunting on several occasions.
** Jerry makes several attempts to get inside Charley's house, but Charley purposefully resists giving him an invitation. This forces Jerry to take more desperate measures.
** Ed finds out the hard way that this trope [[LoopholeAbuse doesn't work]] if a home has been abandoned.
** Jerry finds a clever way to defeat this trope by [[spoiler:sending Ed in the guise of a delivery man]] to get invited into Peter's home.
* 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:Amy's]] GameFace looks like a CGI version of [[spoiler:the original 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.
* 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.
** Charley gives Jerry Budweiser while name-dropping the brand, though the dialogue suggests that it's not particularly special beer.
** Chilis
** Century 21 real estate. Charley's mom works for them, and their signs are all over the neighborhood.
** Midori-brand liquor, which Peter chugs.
** When Peter's stake-gun fails: "Oh, fuckin' eBay!"
** Waste Management's logo is on all trash cans and the dumpster, which are visible quite a lot in the first act.
* ProgressivelyPrettier: In the original film, Amy is an unexceptional high school girl who suddenly matures into a sexy woman [[EvilIsSexy when she turns evil]]. In the remake, she starts out as a Hollywood knockout whom everyone lampshades as out of Charley's league.
* QuickNip: Peter carries a hip flask for this purpose.
* RealityEnsues: Characters repeatedly hurt their legs by falling from sizable heights.
* TheRemake: Of ''Film/FrightNight1985''.
* RemakeCameo: [[spoiler:Chris Sarandon, the original Jerry Dandridge, ends up being snack for the new Jerry]].
* SequelHook: Peter notes that Jerry's part of a specific vampire breed.
* SettingUpdate: In the original, Robert is a HorrorHost, a job that has since become obsolete, so the remake changes him to a Criss Angel {{expy}} and consequently moves the setting to UsefulNotes/LasVegas. Ed both point out that 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 "[[Franchise/ScoobyDoo Scooby Gang]]," which could double as a reference to ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''.
** 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''.
** 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]].
** Ed compares Jerry to the shark in ''Film/{{Jaws}}'' and also mentions ''Series/{{Farscape}}''.
** Charley tells Ed that he's read too much ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'', which Ed finds insulting on multiple levels.
* 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."
* SpecialPersonNormalName: Jerry the Vampire.
* {{Suburbia}}: Most of the movie is set in a new middle-class residential development, a little island of identical houses surrounded by desert. Aerial shots at the beginning emphasize the homogeny of the homes and the banal, wholesome ambiance of the neighborhood.
* 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: [[spoiler:Jerry killed Peter's parents]].
* YourVampiresSuck: Ed takes great offense when Charley accuses him of reading ''Literature/{{Twilight}}''.