I thought it started out well, and I always enjoy Colin Farrell, but Fright Night asks you to go too far as a viewer. With each minute the movie moves forward, it grows more and more absurd.
Anton Yelchin plays his character well, a teenager growing up, who thinks he has to leave his friends behind to become “cool”. I and many others can probably relate to that, though it’s sad this character seems to make many of the wrong choices (and certainly, he ends up paying for them).
There are plenty of enjoyable moments, and some nifty effects work, so I wouldn’t write off the movie completely; I would adjust your expectations going into it, though. It’s tough to tell if the movie takes itself seriously or not, but it’s best you don’t.
Unfortunately, I haven’t seen the original Fright Night, so I can’t compare the two films. Even more unfortunately, this movie doesn’t make me want to go back and see the first one, either.