Classic Horror Flick Fright Night Set For Remake
While the 1980s birthed classic films in many genres, shmaltzy horror films were always a particular favorite of mine. Of that category, no movies reign supreme like Fright Night (1985) and Fright Night 2 (1998).
When we were young, my sister and I loved nothing more than rushing to the video store on Friday nights to grab the scariest movies we could find, and both Fright Night‘s were rented week after week. In each film, awkward student Charley Brewster (William Ragsdale) and lovable, washed-up TV host Peter Vincent (Roddy McDowall) reluctantly become real-life vampire killers when fanged Dandridge siblings—mesmerizing Jerry in the original and his haunting sister Regine in part two—come to town. Add to the mix a colorful cast of suspicious girlfriends, zany sidekicks (like Charley’s friend Evil Ed Thompson, whose classic line “You’re so cool, Brewster!” is the most well-known from FN1) and various creepy creatures of the night (werewolves, bug-eaters and more) and you have the perfect recipe for gory fun.
Hearing my fond memories of the franchise, you’ll understand my skepticism about the new Fright Night due for release sometime next year. According to reports, the movie recently finished filming in Las Vegas with the original storyline kept intact. Colin Farrell scored the role of Jerry Dandridge opposite Russian actor Anton Yelchin as his nemesis Charley Brewster. David Tennant plays an updated version of Peter Vincent (apparently loosely based on magician Criss Angel) and geeky Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Superbad, Kick-Ass) takes on the character of Evil Ed.
Another member of the cast, Scrubs actor Dave Franco, recently told MTV.com that director Craig Gillespie has put his own spin on the new film. “The original is very campy, very 80s in an awesome way. It’s a cult classic. That movie would not work today. It’s obviously the same concept, but a lot has changed to make everything make sense now. For example, my character wasn’t even in the original, so they’ve changed a lot and added a lot of school elements, just let it build a little more.”
Check out the original theatrical trailers for Fright Night 1 and 2: