Ultimately, the clichés on show are almost impossible to avoid and there's something about the film that seems dated. Jacob visits a video rental store and, in an attempt to understand what's happening to him, watches the original Fright Night (1985). Why not the remake? Why not a DVD? Even the fact that his name is Jacob (given the popularity of the Twilight franchise) seems a blandly unknowing misstep. The whole film feels like a script developed in the eighties, perhaps following on from Tony Scott's The Hunger (1983), and more importantly as if a whole raft of vampire movies from The Vampire's Kiss (1988) to Twilight and the True Blood TV series had never happened.
To be fair to Leberecht et al, the aforementioned drawbacks aren't all the film's own fault, but from a story point of view as well there are things which go clunk in the night. A sub-plot involving Jacob's artwork clangs as particularly unbelievable. For true devotees of the genre, this is a well made and cool looking entry, but anyone expecting something akin to the wonderful generic subversion of Tomas Alfredson's Swedish sleeper hit Let the Right One In (2008) will be almost certainly disappointed.