Drawing new blood from old corpses: Fright Night

by Richard Brooks

Vampires seem to be more popular today than ever before thanks, in no small part, to a certain, badly styled immortal lusting after a girl who is old enough to be his great grand daughter.

But the vampires of today seem to be as threatening as candy floss dealing with a major angst enima.

Back in the 1980’s vampires were stylish yet threatening and more in tune with their fictional roots than the sparkly ones of today. There was whole raft of classics such as Near Dark, The Lost Boys, The Hunger and Fright Night.

Fright Night

Fright Night is not only my favourite vampire movie, it is my all time favourite 80’s movie, a homage to the Hammer Horror films of the 1950’s and 60’s which saw a young teenage horror fan come to the realisation that his next door neighbour is in fact, a vampire.

And now this firm favourite of mine is the subject of a remake to be released this summer.

Now I have a love-hate relationship with remakes; I either love them (see John Carpenters The Thing and The Fly), remain “Meh” about them (The Hills Have Eyes, A Nightmare On Elm Street), or hate them (The Hitcher, The Wicker “not the bees” Man).

Upon hearing they would be resserecting the immortal corpse of Fright Night, my initial reaction was, why this film? But after reading the script and seeing the recently released trailer, my despair has turned to curious optimism and with good reason.

So why am I edging towards curious optimism? Well, let me explain:

The Director: After hearing that Craig Gillespie had taken the helm I took notice, after all his last film was the dramedy Lars And The Real Girl, a story of ones mans love affair with a sex doll whom he treats as a living person.

The Script: Marti Noxon has crafted a fresh take on the original; homaging classic scenes from the original while combining well written characters and balancing dark humour with absolute terror. Besides, vampires should come natural to her after writing for Buffy and Angel.

The Cast: Colin Farrell (Alexander) plays the vampire Jerry Dandridge while Anton Yelchin (Terminator Salvation) plays his suspicious next door neighbour Charlie Brewster.

Colin Farrell in Fright Night

Throw in Christopher Mintz Plass (Kick Ass), Imogen Poots (28 Weeks Later) and David Tennent (Doctor Who) who plays Las Vegas magician turned vampire slayer Peter Vincent, and you have a pretty solid cast of actors.

David Tennant

Whether this breaks the cycle of bad remakes is yet to be seen but one thing is for sure I will be there upon its release on  September 2 and I think my mum is joining me. So look out for my review in the future.

For now however, enjoy the trailers for the original and the remake below.

Original

Remake

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