New Details About Fright Night Remake

Published 5 years ago by , Updated March 9th, 2013 at 1:44 pm,

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Those wishing for the remake train to come to a screeching halt shouldn’t hold their breath. The trend is moving forward at full speed and just one of the many remakes in the works at the moment is that of the 1980s horror film, Fright Night, about a teenager who discovers his new neighbor is a vampire.

The remake has already racked up some talent, including director Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl), writer Marti Noxon (Buffy) and stars Anton Yelchin (Star Trek), Toni Collette and most recently Colin Farrell, who will play the menacing vampire.

Today we have some more information about Fright Night: Variety reports that the setting of the movie will change from the quiet suburbs to the bustling city of Las Vegas. That may not seem like a big deal, but it will likely change the whole vibe of the story.

Those who are sick of the whole vampire romance of The Twilight Saga will be glad to hear that Fright Night will go in a totally different direction. Variety says the remake will have a more badass vampire than the current popular trend showcases. “He’s a much more ‘Jaws’-like vampire in the Amblin tradition,” said writer Marti Noxon.

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Shock Till You Drop is also reporting that a familiar face from the original Fright Night will have a supporting role in the remake. Chris Sarandon, who you may remember as vampire Jerry Dandrige, will play a “Chris Angel-type,” presumably in a Vegas show. Originally STYD heard that he’d play Peter Vincent, the man who helped defeat the vampire in the original, but that’s turned out to be untrue.

However, in the original Fright Night Peter Vincent was an actor on a TV show, so it’s entirely plausible that Sarandon’s ‘Chris Angel’ character could be the remake’s version of Vincent, a performer who ultimately lends a helping hand in killing the vampire.

At first I was  annoyed they were remaking Fright Night but I must admit that line-up of talent has done a lot to sway me…

What do you make of the new details about the Fright Night remake? Are you happy about the change in setting? And what do you think Chris Sarandon’s “Chris Angel-type” role will be exactly?

Fright Night will likely begin shooting this July and presumably will have its release sometime in 2011.

Source: Variety and Shock Till You Drop

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  1. Is there anything more offputting than the ugliest of words; remake.

    • Cool. Looking forward to it actually. I am just a humble and casual fan of Fright Night.

    • you know your getting old when all your fav films are being remade 1st nightmare on elm st now fright night-i loved this film and always thought it was one of the most underated films of the 80s-the acting wasnt oscar standards but it was a film that gripped you-you cared about the charachters-i dont think it will work in present day because like back to the future it was as much about the 80s-hope im wrong but i doubt it very much(ive not even bothered watching NOES

  2. I noticed you said the lineup of talent… you sure you don’t mean the line up of actors? Cos the two can be completely different…

  3. I was expecting a lot more from the original so I am very open to seeing this. Good actors. However, to me, Chris Sarandon will always be Prince Humperdink. :)

    • like what exactly were you expecting from the original?? it was campy, a good time of a film, yet the vamps were menacing too

      • I was expecting it to be more comedic. I’m really into horror-comedies, but maybe I just didn’t get this one.

  4. I like that Sarandon is in it. That shows (hopefully) proper respect for the original.

    And I think it would be a REALLY cool twist if he wound up being the “Peter Vincent” character! What a cool way to bring him back!

    Here’s hoping!

  5. the fact that little shrimp of a pipsqueak farrell is in it ruins it for me,not that i would see it anyway. they’ll got for a PB 13 rating too, watch..

  6. I loved the original and am super excited for the remake. It’s just been released that David Tennant is part of the cast, and as a huge fan of his, that just makes it better. I’m ready for some bad-ass vampires, I’m not a fan of the twilight version. Although I know it could go really wrong, I’m hoping they give it the care it deserves.

  7. I heard that David Tennant from Doctor Who will be playing Peter Vincent, not Chris Sarandon. If Sarandon is still in it, he is probably in a cameo or something…

  8. i cant wait to see it i want to see david tennant cuz hes in it

  9. Poor Poor Hollywood…can’t think of anything original so they have to go and remake another classic!!!!

    I hope they don’t screw it up!!!! OOpps, wait, with Colin Farrell, they already did! :(

  10. Moving it to Vegas? Just stupid. The setting was the whole movie in the original.

  11. I LOVED the original, I’m not happy with the casting so far. Farrell can’t play Jerry, you need someone that oozes sexuality. He does not. I think James Franco would be an excellent Jerry, he’s a fantastic actor and has that dark sexiness.

    • I agree with you completley! I loved the original!

  12. They have been doing a couple of weeks of filming here in Rio Rancho New Mexico in a suburban neighborhood. Looks cool

  13. There is only one Peter Vincent and his name was Roddy McDowall!

  14. I’m on the fence. See, I love vampires, with the exception of Twilight. I’m a huge fan of Fright Night, I actually know the movie by heart, word for word. Chris Sarandon has been one of my favorite vamps since 1985. I don’t know if Collin F. can fill his shoes. He did a terrible job as Alexander and I haven’t seen Colin do anything as smooth and sexy and dangerous as Jerry Dandridge. I’m kind of tired of Hollywood remaking the classics. Karate Kid, which should have been called “Kung-fu Kid” cause that’s what he was doing, was cute, but didn’t have the heart of the original. We’ll see what this new “Fright Night” is going to deliver, but I’m not holding my breath.

    • i the same with fright night mustve watched it 100 times-i could play every part in it-but remakes just suck-david tennant is a great actor,maybe he can bring something to it-1st nightmare on elm st now fright night-leave these great 80s films alone-cos its about a small town in the 80s,the soundtrack etc-i havent been able to force myself to watch the new NOES-its sad cos it makes you feel old

  15. i think it is cool them to do another fright night and have david tennant in the film is cool as well roddy was one of a kind me and my whole family loved watching him but david is british and a good actor as well i think he will be able to pull it off but i don’t think collin farrel will be able to he,s not that good of an actor oh well and it will be okay if they keep the film clean as well like the original that,s all that can be said sincerely virginia

  16. Hey, I’m a huge fright night saga fan, I dont mind the idea, but nothing beats the original.. Have they started filming yet? I would be interested to see it. :)