So with this much going for it, why is “Fright Night” simply good and not great? The pacing has a lot to do with it, and strangely enough, it’s one of the problems from the original movie (written and directed by Tom Holland) that Noxon can’t seem to fix. In both versions, there’s the confirmation that Jerry is a vampire, and there’s the final confrontation — and in between, a big chunk of get-on-with-it-already. It’s the first movie’s biggest flaw, and it’s surprising that no one involved with the remake took a whack at it.
Still, if nothing else, “Fright Night” confirms what critics have always said — if Hollywood insists on creating so many remakes, leave the classics untouched and take another crack at the just-OK ones instead.
This movie may fall into the just-OK category itself, but that’s still lots better than most horror movies that come slinking into theaters in late August bearing a familiar title and little else of interest.