MTV gave a screening of the Fright Night, remake, and one thing that definitely came out of it was evidence that the film won’t be following in the modern trend of making vampires into softer, sparklier, more sensitive creatures.
In fact, director Craig Gillespie and star Christopher Mintz-Plasse made sure to let all those listening know that what we saw in the Fright Night trailer was nothing: this movie will earn every inch of its R-rating.
As Gillespie told MTV:
“From the get go, DreamWorks said, ‘Let’s not hold back and let’s really do this…When you’re dealing with vampires and blood and stuff, it’s hard to not be R-rated. There’s a lot of gore going on.”
Gillespie also touched on what kind of vampire star Colin Farrell will be portraying in the film:
“It’s a very dark character, but he has a humor about him…He’s very sinister. Just trying to get somebody that can play that, walk that line [like] he had in ‘In Bruges,’ which he’s so funny in, and then he’s played the very dramatic stuff, so I just felt like he could really walk that tightrope.”
It’s nice to hear that Fright Night will be giving us a much-needed return to bad-guy bloodsuckers who aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty. However, the original Fright Night wasn’t just a cult-classic because of its horror elements – it also had a great injections of comedy.
Regarding the remake and its type of humor, Christopher Mintz-Plasse (who plays the iconic “Evil” Ed Thompson) promised that the humor in the film would be just as hard-R as the violence and gore:
“There were a lot of ‘f***s’ in there…Every ‘f***’ I said was improvised…I had the script supervisor going, ‘You know, you don’t really need to say that.’ And Craig was going, ‘Yeah, he needs to go for it!'”
While films like Superbad and Kick-Ass have already familiarized us with the young actor’s ability to be both hilarious and profane, Mintz-Plasse joked that it would be one of his co-stars, known for his more upstanding role as sci-fi hero Doctor Who, that will have the bigger potty-mouth in the film:
“[David] Tennant was swearing like crazy!”
The (non)necessity for this remake has been debated ever since it was announced, but more and more, it looks like Craig Gillespie could actually deliver a movie that is equally strong in both of its horror and comedy elements. Keep your fingers crossed that this is indeed the case, as Gillespie will also be directing the adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, another horror movie / genre movie mashup. If Fright Night is a it, then P&P&Z might just benefit from being in the hands of a director who has found his niche.
Fright Night will be in theaters on August 19, 2011.