I had initially turned down seeing Fright Night in theatres this past year because it was only being shown in 3D. I can’t say that I fully hate 3D. Seeing Pixar’s and James Cameron’s use of the technology was brilliant: it’s immersive and rich with details in a three-dimensional reality. For most films though, 3D means “look at how much stuff we can computer generate being thrown at the camera for that 3D feel”. Fright Night was like that. Fortunately I was able to see it in 2D and it ended up being a great film - despite having a lot of moments in the film that felt like it was forcing the 3D technologies (like a vampire hand reaching out toward the camera, or blood being sprayed toward the lens).
I attempted to watch the original Fright Night with Meg and I could only make it maybe 15 minutes in before I had to turn it off. It was campy and cheesy, and I really wasn’t in the mood for it. The remake, however, was able to actually maintain a comedically stylized feel that played up the classic 80’s horror film genre, but was still able to redefine itself as a modern horror film. Colin Farrell did an excellent job as the head vampire, and the special effects were surprisingly well done. Not too over the top while still being able to take advantage of some standard camera techniques.
I actually enjoyed the film as a fun horror film. It was fast-paced and easy to follow, and the acting was really decent. I definitely recommend checking it out. If the “3D” aspect kept you away (or the price tag for seeing it in theatres), then I suggest you see the 2D version which ended up being well worth it.
Oh, and David Tennant was in it too - which was awesome.