WHILE THE GENERAL economy suffers, the Hollywood '80s remake factory continues to work overtime, this week cranking out "Fright Night" and a "Conan" do-over.
The former turns out to be a competent update of the much-loved 1985 B movie, which featured Roddy McDowell as a schlocky TV personality who helps a teen kill the vampire next door.
The new "Fright Night" is pointlessly released in 3-D, but most of the money goes to the right places, a smartly chosen cast and script. Anton Yelchin is the teen, Colin Farrell the vampire, and there are small roles filled by good actors (Toni Collette and Christopher Mintz-Plasse). I also like Imogen Poots as Yelchin's girlfriend, although like all the "teens" in the cast, she's 23, and should be out of college by now.
The setting is moved to Las Vegas and its 'burbs, and the cheesy entertainer who doubles as a vampire slayer is a casino nightclub act (David Tennant, whose performance grows on you).