It’s like the 1990s and 2000s never happened!

- Another week, another remake of a 1980s flick! As someone once said it is as if Hollywood is deciding which movies to make by flipping through their DVD collection!

- This remake isn’t bad, but not as good as its 74% approval rating on RottenTomatoes.com might lead you believe. Closer to 60% perhaps . . .

- Colin Farrell’s vampire next door isn’t too inconspicuous. Wouldn’t it make sense to feed off people from other neighborhoods instead of the one where he lives? Besides, how many people are NOT going to notice when Colin Farrell moves in right next door to them?

- Funny how times have changed: Peter Vincent (David Tennant, former Doctor Who) is now a David Copperfield-like Vegas act instead of a washed-up TV actor. Colin Farrell’s vampire is more like a Calvin Klein poster boy than Chris Sarandon’s Love at First Bite-style lounge lizard.

- Maybe Hollywood should rethink their remake strategy. Either the public is getting tired of remakes or can’t remember the original movies anymore, but Fright Night scored only $18 million at the U.S. box office . . . and it cost $30 million to make! Considering marketing costs and the cinemas’ cut of ticket sales, it isn’t exactly a good payday for the studio even with DVD sales and TV rights are calculated into the mix over time. (Everybody’s going to rip the thing off the Internet in any case.) Along with The Thing it is yet another low-profile 1980s remake box office bomb!

- The original movie made more money than the remake: $24, 9 million (USA). And that’s not adjusting it for inflation!

- This remake gets right to the action and doesn’t waste too much time on the whole boy crying vampire and no-one believing him shtick.

- Is it me or did the original have more comedy bits than this one?

- Maybe this remake bombed because of its iffy poster art work. Compare the original movie’s poster to the remake below. Which movie would you rather see?

 


 

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James has been running The Sci-Fi Movie Page since Before the Beginning of Time Itself (TM), i.e. since the site's inception in 1997. In addition to sci-fi James also likes 1970s motorbikes and chili dogs although he doesn't own the former and no longer eats the latter. He currently resides in Kiev, Ukraine for reasons best left unexplained.

  • Anonymous

    That poster is proof once again that plaid will never go out of style!

  • Awakener

    You guys should really have Ron Paul ads on your page instead of that puppet newt.

  • Anonymous

    We have American political ads on our page? (We don’t know in advance who is advertising and who isn’t.)

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