Christopher Mintz-Plasse Talks R-rated ‘Fright Night’ Remake

Published 5 years ago by , Updated June 27th, 2013 at 3:14 pm,

A few weeks ago we reported on the pleasing news that Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Kick-Ass) had been cast alongside Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrell, Toni Collette and David Tennant in the upcoming remake of the campy ’80s horror flick, Fright Night. He will be playing the role of “Evil Ed,” the best friend of the main character who discovers his new neighbor (Farrell) is a vampire.

The plot of the remake transfers events from the quiet suburbs to the bustling city of Las Vegas. Although we’ll obviously need to wait and see images and footage from the movie to really start judging it (although many of us will already have judged it based on the word “remake”), there’s the very welcome notion that the remake will have a more baddass vampire vibe – think more True Blood than The Twilight Saga.

If you’re one of those people who worries that movies are going to be toned down to a PG-13 rating to appeal to a wider audience, then you might be able to breathe a little easier when it comes to Fright Night. Mintz-Plasse recently spoke to Chicago Tribune and revealed that Dreamworks is keeping the R-rating that the original film had:

“[The original is] totally a cheesy, campy 80′s movie… and I loved it. They’re trying to keep (the remake) very similar but give a different take on the cast. It’ll be in 3D, so it’s a little more Hollywood. And they’re keeping it rated R, which is good.”

I’m actually a little surprised that they’re going the R-rated route with this particular horror remake. Although the original has that same rating – and some would say they need to have the shackles as loose as possible for this to be any good – I expected them to go the PG-13 route in order to snag that teenage audience (although I don’t think most of teenagers will have trouble getting an adult to accompany them icon razz Christopher Mintz Plasse Talks R rated Fright Night Remake ).

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As for the 3D format Mintz-Plasse mentioned, in my opinion this is yet another film that just doesn’t need to be in 3D. It’s still early days and perhaps the story or visuals will call for more than regular old 2D but at this point in time it seems completely unnecessary.

Of course, this is just the word of one supporting cast member and who knows, perhaps a little further down the road Dreamworks will go the PG-13 route and ditch the idea of doing it in 3D (sadly the former is a lot more likely than the latter).┬áBut for the time being, let’s just take Mintz-Plasse at his word.

Are you glad the Fright Night remake will be R-rated? What about the fact it’ll be in 3D? Sound off in the comments below.

Fright Night will likely shoot in July and presumably will hit theaters in 2011 (around Halloween, perhaps?).

Source: Chicago Tribune (via Bloody-Disgusting)

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  1. I’am really looking foward to this. The cast is great and 3D could actually work well for this.

  2. Hooray R-rating.

    Boo silly 3D.

  3. R for what, gore? The previous incarnation had some blood but it was the story that attracted me. The cast was great too! Blood for the sake of appealing to prureint interests don’t appeal to me. As for 3-D, doesn’t need it, people!

    • I am pretty sure it got the rating for nudity and language, not gore.

  4. youre right lisaM, it doenst ned that over priced 3D gouging, im glad that they are gonna keep it R, as i feel no horror movie bad or good, works as a PG-13 movie, they went with a PG-13 remake of The Fog, and it was terrible. off topic, hoolywood neeeds to pick on someone else as far as remakes, seems every Carpenter movie is getting remade lol

  5. Why mess with a classic.

    • Martin,

      Because there’s money to be made – based on a known movie property with name recognition and less work required to write the script.


  6. i cant wait 4 da movie 2 come out. im really excited 2 c it but i dont think dis movie should b in 3D cuz i think producers n directors R starting 2 over do it w/all da movies dat R coming out in 3D….but who really cares i just cant wait 2 mcluvin in dis movie!!!!