The 411: FRIGHT NIGHT is the remake of the 1985 horror classic of the same name. The setup is the same too: teenager discovers that his new next door neighbor is a blood sucking vampire fiend and sets out to stop him with the aid of his best friend, girlfriend, and a celebrity vampire hunter. It is really hard to review the new Fright Night in a vacuum that does not involve looking back at and comparing it to the original film. So this is going to be a combination review and match-up comparison of the two films.
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 60% (Critics) 54% (Audience)
Directed By: Steven Quale
Written By: Eric Heisserer, Jeffrey Reddick (characters)
Starring: Nicholas D’Agosto, Emma Bell, Arlen Escarpeta and Tony Todd
Studio: Warner Brothers
Synopsis: FINAL DESTINATION 5 takes its now well-worn concept of killing photogenic 20-somethings in new and creative ways out for another spin. In this installment a group of employees on a bus headed for a corporate team building retreat avert certain death thanks to the prescient vision of one of their co-workers. Of course, Death being a huge dick can’t just chalk it up to the law of averages and decides that all the survivors still need to die.
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 48% (Critics) 61% (Audience)
Directed By: Alan Ball
Written By: Alan Ball
Starring: Summer Bishil, Aaron Eckhart, Toni Collette
Studio: Warner Independent
Synopsis: Towelhead is a pitch black comedy that follows several months in the life of Jasira, a 13-year old Arab-American girl, as she begins to blossom into womanhood. We are taken along for the ride as Jasira experiences the confusing and petrifying road to sexual awakening while under the ever watchful eye of her overly strict father and the lecherous eye of her unhappily married neighbor.
Synopsis: ATTACK THE BLOCK is an “aliens attack” movie with a twist. In the movie a teenage gang does battle with an army of alien monsters in their London housing estate. The gang is forced to team up with their most recent mugging victim in order to survive the alien attack and protect their turf.
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 15% (Critics) 25% (Audience)
Directed By: David R. Ellis
Written By: Will Hayes and Jesse Studenberg
Starring: Sara Paxton, Dustin Milligan and Chris Carmack
Studio: Relativity Media
Synopsis: The gist of the story is a bunch of college friends head off to a weekend getaway at one of the friends lake house. Once at the lake house the friends discover that they are surrounded by a lake full of sharks put there by a bunch of crazy local hillbillies.
Synopsis: RED STATE is Kevin Smith‘s take on horror with the focus of the movie being a fundamentalist religious church (inspired by the real life religious groups like The Westboro Baptist Church) and the extreme measures the church takes when dealing with those they consider to be sinners.
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 85% (Critics) 84% (Audience)
Directed By: Eli Craig
Written By: Eli Craig and Morgan Jurgenson
Starring: Tyler Labine, Alan Tudyk and Katrina Bowden
Studio: Magnet/Magnolia Pictures
Synopsis: TUCKER & DALE VS EVIL is the tale of two hillbilly BFF’s, Tucker and Dale (Alan Tudyk and Tyler Labine) who are setting out to spend some quality time at their recently purchased cabin in the woods when they have the misfortune of running into a group of college kids heading to those same woods for a weekend getaway. A series of misunderstandings leads the college kids to assume that Tucker and Dale are a couple of Deliverance style crazy serial killers who have kidnapped one of their friends, Allison (Katrina Bowden). From there things get progressively crazier as the college kids begin to accidentally kill themselves in their attempts to “rescue” Allison from the two unsuspecting rednecks.