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A kinetic revamp that surpasses its campy 1980s original in almost every respect, Craig Gillespie’s Great Recession-themed Fright Night opens veins and takes names with reckless abandon. Smart, brutal, and inventive, Fright Night merges classic Horror film aesthetics like shadow design and angular compositions with each character’s increasing sense of panic, touching a critical nerve in the process. Modern-day America is being drained by a host of different blood-suckers; joblessness, reality television, illusion, and the occasional serial killing vampire. Director Gillespie revels in blood and guts to break down these motifs, but the gore always works in the service of the pinpoint screenplay by Marti Noxon, who uses Tom Holland’s original script as more a template than a map. What was once leaden is now rapid-fire, a quick-on-the-draw horror vision that continuously propels forward to stay alive.
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