One of a handful of horror(ish) flicks due to arrive in theaters this upcoming August, Fright Night hasn’t been promoted all that much by DreamWorks up until now. That’s apparently going to change in the very near future (read: expect a trailer for the film soon, possibly within the week). Today, however, the studio has released two more images from the remake.
Fright Night is a reworking of the cult 1985 horror-comedy that (based on earlier images from the movie) will remain true to the creepy but fun spirit of the original – and not cross over into the Twilight realm of stories that involve teens and vampires.
Here is an official synopsis for the Fright Night remake:
Senior Charlie Brewster (Anton Yelchin) finally has it all going on: he’s running with the popular crowd and dating the most coveted girl in his high school. In fact, he’s so cool he’s even dissing his best friend. But trouble arrives when Jerry (Colin Farrell) moves in next door. He seems like a great guy at first, but there’s something not quite right—but everyone, including Charlie’s mom (Toni Collette), doesn’t notice. After observing some very strange activity, Charlie comes to an unmistakable conclusion: Jerry is a vampire preying on the neighborhood.
Doctor Who alumnus David Tennant will also appear in the new Fright Night, in the role of Las Vegas stage magician (and, in the original film, self-proclaimed vampire hunter) Peter Vincent. This first image of the actor in costume makes the character look more a cross between a 1980s rocker and Rob Zombie than David Copperfield – which hopefully means Tennant is going to be good hammy fun in the remake.
Check out that pic (along with a new image of Collette and Yelchin in the film) below:
The Fright Night remake was directed by Craig Gillespie, who will also be calling the shots on the upcoming Pride and Prejudice and Zombies movie as well. Marti Noxon took on scripting duties for the film, which looks to recall her work as a staff writer on Buffy the Vampire Slayer – and not so much her screenplay for the cinematic adaptation of I Am Number Four.
While it’s difficult to say too much about this film without having seen any actual footage, there’s good reason to hope that the new Fright Night could be a darkly entertaining mix of thrills, chills, and laughs. The cast for the remake is decent enough – and although the people working behind the scenes have an admittedly spotty track record, this sort of spooky but fun flick seems like it ought to be right up their alley.
Lastly, a bit of random trivia: This is the second movie in which Yelchin has played a “cool” high schooler whose initials are C.B. (he did it once before in Charlie Bartlett). Just thought that was worth pointing out…
Fright Night hits theaters this summer on August 19th.