Early ‘Fright Night’ Screening At Comic-Con 2011

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Even though certain comic book superheroes are skipping out on a presentation at the 2011 Comic-Con Festival in San Diego next month, creatures of the night will be represented in full force – and not only by the glittering characters of Twilight infamy, but rather the more traditional vampire tale, Fright Night.

DreamWorks has announced the details of its Comic-Con presentation for the Fright Night remake, which will include the presence of cast members Colin Farrell, Anton Yelchin, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, and Imogen Poots – as well as screenwriter Marti Noxon and director Craig Gillespie.

The Fright Night panel will take place on Friday, July 22nd in Hall H of the San Diego Convention Center. In addition to a fan appreciation party following the event, DreamWorks has also scheduled an advanced screening of the 3D scarefest remake for select Con attendees.

For those not in the know, here’s the lowdown on Fright Night:

Senior Charley Brewster (Yelchin) finally has it all—he’s running with the popular crowd and dating the hottest girl (Poots) 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 (Colin Farrell) moves in next door. He seems like a great guy at first, but there’s something not quite right— yet no one, including Charley’s mom (Toni Collette), seems to notice!  After witnessing some very unusual activity, Charley comes to an unmistakable conclusion: Jerry is a vampire preying on his neighborhood.

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Early word on the new Fright Night pic is that it definitely earns its R-Rating by featuring loads of gory vampire violence and naughty language – with Mintz-Plasse’s “Evil Ed” character being cut from the same block of wood as his Kick-Ass alter ego, Chris D’Amico/Red Mist, and David Tennant‘s vampire hunter Peter Vincent being a far cry from his friendlier Doctor Who persona. However, if the first Fright Night trailer is anything to go by, the visually dark horror-comedy looks to be hindered, rather than enhanced, by the 3D format.

While DreamWorks’ Cowboys & Aliens will also be screening at the Con in advance of its theatrical release, the Fright Night screening is a riskier proposition – since it will allow a month’s time to pass for either bad (or good) word of mouth to spread about the vampire flick (Jon Favreau’s genre mashup, by comparison, hits theaters just a week later). So that presumably means that DreamWorks is either fairly confident or deluded about the quality of its product.

The studio will also be holding a social media campaign titled “The Fright Night Feeding Frenzy” that offers participants the chance to win an all-accomadations-covered trip to the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con. Interested parties can check out the official Fright Night site for more information.

Fright Night will hit regular theaters in the U.S. on August 19th, 2011.

Source: DreamWorks

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  1. You might recheck the dates in your posting…

    • Yeah, I think it should be “July 22nd”, not “June 22nd”.

      • Thanks for catching that guys – it’s been fixed.

        • I believe we deserve free tickets to Harry Potter?

          Hellooooo!! I said we deserve free tickets to Harry Potter! Am I talking to the wall or something? 8-)

          • Ha – you and me both, buddy. 8-)

  2. No Tennant, damn Shakespeare (Tennants doing “much ado about nothing” with Catherine Tate (Donna Noble from Doctor Who) at the wyndham theater) wonder if he knew it was going to comic-con bet he would have loved the DW atention as well as from the new movie and is it me or could Christopher Mintz-Plasse play Alen from the hangover in a prequel lol just a thought

  3. Clearly the writers of the new Fright Night are not only out of touch but also condescending. The excuses for why Peter Vincent has been changed into a Vegas Stage magician feel like they were made by someone completely out of touch.

    1. The creators of the Fright Night remake claim that the horror host doesn’t exist anymore. No, they exist, you just don’t realize that’s what you’re looking at. The Horror host still exists. To say it’s died out is REALLY out of touch. Most of us still remember Mystery Science theater 3000. He could have been a heckler of B movies like the popular Mystery science theater and Rifftrax. IF there’s no Horror host left than what’s that? Every horror / fantasy fan knows what Mystery science theater is And less than ten years ago William Shatner had a midnight movie show on the Scifi channel. Elvira’s back on the air. Not to mention the online personalities like Nostalgia Critic (who is only twenty eight years old, by the way) and everyone at That Guy with The Glasses dot com. If anything Horror hosts exist MORE today than they did in 1985 so the excuse here is an uber fail of someone completely out of touch.

    2. What Highschool kid relates to a stage magician? Seriously?

    3. It’s like they forgot who Peter Vincent is named after. Peter Cushing (the man who played Professor Van Helsing more than any other actor) and Vincent Price (the king of horror).

    A more logical update to the Peter Vincent character would have been to give him a webseries.