So, anyone remember the 80’s movie “Fright Night”?
It was kind of a campy, comedy/horror flick for its time. A time when studios like New Line had success with the original “A Nightmare on Elm Street”. Elm Street was definitely a horror flick (in my opinion) while Fright Night just seemed a bit too cheesy to me for some reason. Needless to say, that didn’t stop me from re-watching the 1985 version of Fright Night about on month ago on Netflix instant streaming. I more or less had it playing in the background while working on an article for the sight one evening. 26 years later, I’m still of the opinion that it’s a bit too cheesy!
The original starred Chris Sarandon as the vampire, Jerry Dandridge and had Roddy McDowall as Peter Vincent (vampire hunter). Vincent was the star of several vampire flicks over the years and has resorted to hosting late night TV’s “Fright Night”, which re-broadcast several of his films as well as other horror flicks. When Charlie Brewster suspects that the new neighbor (Jerry) is actually a vampire, he seeks help from Peter Vincent to try and destroy Dandridge.
The updated version (a Dreamworks/Touchstone collaboration) seems to have a lot of the same base as the original. The characters (and their names) are all present, although from what I can tell, Peter Vincent (played by David Tennant) is now a stage performer on the Las Vegas strip (think Criss Angel meets Russell Brand).
Colin Farrell now plays the role of vampire Jerry Dandridge and seems to be a lot more violent and intimidating than the Jerry Dandridge of the 80’s.
Anton Yelchin (who played Chekov in 2009’s Star Trek reboot and Kyle Reese in 2009’s Terminator Salvation) stars as Charley Brewster.
Check out the trailer below and the press release below it for more details.
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U.S. Release date: August 19, 2011
Cast: Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrell, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, David Tennant, Imogen Poots and Toni Collette
Director: Craig Gillespie
Producers: Michael De Luca, Alison Rosenzweig
Executive Producers: Ray Angelic, Josh Bratman, Michael Gaeta, Lloyd Ivan Miller
Screenplay by: Marti Noxon
Story by: Tom Holland
Based on the film
“Fright Night” written by: Tom Holland
Senior Charlie Brewster (Anton Yelchin) finally has it all—he’s running with the popular crowd and dating the hottest girl in high school. In fact, he’s so cool he’s even dissing his best friend Ed (Christopher Mintz-Plasse). But trouble arrives when an intriguing stranger Jerry (Colin Farrell) moves in next door. He seems like a great guy at first, but there’s something not quite right—and everyone, including Charlie’s mom (Toni Collette), doesn’t notice. After witnessing some very unusual activity, Charlie comes to an unmistakable conclusion: Jerry is a vampire preying on his neighborhood. Unable to convince anyone that he’s telling the truth, Charlie has to find a way to get rid of the monster himself in this Craig Gillespie-helmed revamp of the comedy-horror classic.