I hate remakes. No, seriously, I hate them. There’s no need to fuck up a good thing with a modern retelling or new interpretation or unholy reboot. So, naturally, I was apprehensive when I heard the Hollywood Think Tank came up with the “brilliant” idea of remaking one of the 80s finest horror films, Fright Night.
In my mind, Fright Night was sort of a precursor to Scream: you had genre-savvy characters pitted against a horror movie bad guy, leading to some very funny situations. And though it was genuinely funny, the humor didn’t rob the film of some truly creep and scary moments.
Well, IGN released the official trailer for Fright Night 2011 and it’s … actually okay. The film stars Colin Farrell, Anton Yelchin, David Tennant, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Toni Collette. (And supposedly Chris Sarandon‘s gonna be in there somewhere. Hmmm. Fans of the original know why that’s relevant.) For those unfamiliar with the film’s concept, here’s the synopsis:
Senior Charlie Brewster (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 (Mintz-Plasse). But trouble arrives when an intriguing stranger Jerry (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 (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.
Okay, to be honest, this looks good to me. It’s not perfect—I mean, the trailer is bereft of any real humorous situations and I’d wager the humor is a large part of why the original was such a memorable film—but maybe the filmmakers opted to leave the good stuff out for now. Maybe they didn’t completely mess this one up.
Still, though, I have to wonder … where in the hell is Peter Vincent?
Fright Night opens August 19.