First Look at David Tennant in the ‘Fright Night’ Remake

Published 5 years ago by , Updated July 12th, 2013 at 10:06 am,

The only thing that has saved the remake of the 1985 horror/comedy cult-classic Fright Night from feeling completely unnecessary is the intriguing and unexpected cast the filmmakers have managed to assemble.

Following the same basic premise as the original, Fright Night centers on Charley (Anton Yelchin) who believes his new neighbor (Colin Farrell) is a vampire, and enlists the help of Peter Vincent (David Tennant) to take him down. I think that all three of those actors are inspired choices and with Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Toni Collette, Dave Franco, and Imogen Poots rounding out the cast, this remake might actually be better than it has any right to be.

Of course there are a few notable departures from the 1985 version – the setting has switched from the placid streets of suburbia to the neon labyrinth of Las Vegas, and the characterization of Peter Vincent has been dramatically re-imagined.

In the original, Vincent was an actor in the twilight of his career who hosted the late-night television show Fright Night. Roddy McDowall’s performance infused the character with a distinguished sense of authority and an entertainingly dry sense of humor. In the remake, Vincent is a Criss Angel-esque magician whose stage show incorporates horror movie imagery.

Thanks to Shock Till You Drop, we now have our first look at David Tennant as the new Peter Vincent:

fright night peter vincent 01 First Look at David Tennant in the Fright Night Remake

fright night peter vincent 02 First Look at David Tennant in the Fright Night Remake

Doctor Who’s That?! It looks like the bi-product of a love affair between Criss Angel and Jack Sparrow. Before fans of the original Fright Night declare this to be blasphemy, I want to point out two things:

  1. I’m almost positive that this is just the character’s stage persona and that he’ll spend the majority of the film sans wig and out of costume.
  2. This is meant to be ridiculous and over-the-top. They’re clearly mocking Criss Angel’s persona and shtick, not complimenting it.

Tennant is an extremely charismatic performer and soon a much larger audience is going to discover what us Doctor Who fans have known for years – this guy’s meant for bigger and better things. I actually prefer that they went in a completely different direction with the Vincent character and I can’t wait to see what Tennant brings to the role.

I’m also a fan of director Craig Gillespie’s previous film, Lars and the Real Girl and I’ve heard good things about Marti Noxon’s script. So while I’d prefer that Hollywood stop mining my childhood for movie ideas, I have to admit that at this point it’s impossible for me to be totally dismissive of the Fright Night remake.

Source: Shock Till You Drop.

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  1. The only reason I have interest in this film is b/c Tennant is a brilliant actor. If there’s anyone who should play The Riddler (if that’s the villain), then it should be him.

    • Agreed with you on that, Matt. He’d be awesome as the Riddler. So would the Doctor before him, Christopher Eccleston.

  2. @Chris

    “So while I’d prefer that Hollywood stop mining my childhood for movie ideas, I have to admit that at this point it’s impossible for me to be totally dismissive of the Fright Night remake.”

    My thoughts EXACTLY. I really wanted to ignore this remake, but I am too dang intrigued now!

    • im not, they ruined the core of the peter vincent charater..making him a retarded hack Angel clone?, please.

      • Unfortunately, the peter vincent of the original movie resonated with that era. Those People grew up with the horor show host persona, but this generation wouldn’t really be able to relate to him.

  3. I may actually be interested in seeing this…


  4. Love Tennant, Farrel not so much.

  5. I LOVE David Tennant in anything, so I can’t wait for this! I think he looks seriously sexy, too…

  6. is anyone else getting the “sorcerers apprentice like” feel off this poster 😛
    cause i am

  7. Hey, I too love “Lars and the Real Girl”!

    Normally, I wouldn’t be impressed with a film like this, but the cast is pretty impressive, and for some weird reason I agree with what whogal said.

  8. Oh look—- It’s Doctor Strange!

  9. I’ve been saying Tennant as The Riddler for years!

    As much as I thought as I would miss him as The Doctor, I continued to be impressed with Matt Smith in the role.



    THIS WILL BE FRIGGIN AWESSSOMMME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Ehhe, yes it shall be good :)

  11. I’m now excited. =)

  12. He looks like Lucian from Underworld. I remember and was a fan of the of the movie from the 80’s, so I will check it out.

  13. My god, this looks absolutley AWFUL!! What a freakin’ shame, I hate when they take something w/ grit, weight & soul like the original FRIGHT NIGHT & remake it w/ this tacky DRACULA 2000/VAN HELSING slick sheen 2 it!! My oh my what the hell, DAMN…

    • While I agree that remakes often worse than the original, I’m also sure that David will make this movie an exception. I’ll definitely watch it!
      I take it, if you said that, you haven’t seen him in anything (e.g. Hamlet or Doctor Who). Believe me, if he’s in it, it will be BRILLIANT! 😉 IMO he’s the most talented actor of this generation.

  14. Has anyone bothered to cue up the original on Netflix? Look, I know we all have fond memories of certain movies from our collective childhoods, but c’mon…. That movie is pretty crappy. Campy, fun, a little hokey, yes. But overall fairly bad. My twelve yr. old daughter has watched this and laughed all the way through it. Just like we all did. Believe me, any treatment someone does to the original would be a VAST improvement.