Official ‘Fright Night’ Remake Synopsis Revealed

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 9th, 2013 at 11:36 pm,

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Whether you like it or not, a remake of the 1985 cult-horror movie Fright Night is on the way. And to properly clue us in on what the plot of the remake is, Bloody-Disgusting provides us with the first official synopsis for the project.

Fright Night is one of those movies that was inevitably going to get remade at some point or another, in spite of or perhaps even because of how fondly people remember the tongue-in-cheek original. In the end, if there’s a possibility to make money on a safe(ish) bet, then Hollywood will take full advantage.

For just about any remake to work, one of the things it has to do is update certain aspects of the film for a modern audience (whether that be plot, setting, characters, dialogue etc.) and Fright Night is certainly no different. Probably the most significant change is that the remake transports events from the quiet suburbs to the bustling city of Las Vegas, something which will certainly give the new version of the story a much different feel than the original.

However, as you’ll see from the official synopsis the basic story has been kept intact. Take a look:

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. Unable to convince anyone, Charlie has to find a way to get rid of the monster himself in this Craig Gillespie-helmed revamp of the comedy-horror classic.

The initial idea of a Fright Night remake angered some fans but all the details that have come out about the film so far have actually been very encouraging. The cast in particular is as diverse as it is intriguing, sporting the likes of Anton Yelchin (Terminator Salvation, Star Trek), Toni Collette, David Tennant, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Colin Farrell, the latter playing the “vampire next door” role made famous by Chris Sarandon in the original.

Speaking of Sarandon, we heard awhile back that he’d have a a supporting role as a “Chris Angel type,” presumably being some sort of illusionist in Las Vegas (perhaps he’ll play a showmen competing with David Tennant’s character?). Dread Central is now reporting from a “trusted source close to the production” that Sarandon will definitely have a role in the film, although it’s described as a cameo, so his appearance will likely be no more than a few minutes long as a sort of wink to fans of the original.

I think it goes without saying that the vampire genre is extremely popular right now thanks to properties like The Twilight Saga, True Blood and The Vampire Diaries, so it’s not at all surprising that now is when a Fright Night remake is coming out of the woodwork. The question is whether this remake can bring anything new to the table or whether it’ll just cash in on the popularity of the bloodsuckers (vampires, not Hollywood execs :-P). I see no reason at this point why it will end up being the latter, but that’s just me.

Fright Night has already finished filming under the direction of Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl) from a script by Marti Noxon (Buffy). It is set to open in 3D and regular theaters on August 19th, 2011.

Sources: Bloody-Disgusting and Dread Central

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  1. my only comment is no comment :(

  2. Hm…..no quiet neighborhood, no leading “man” who is a loser with just two friends, no Peter Vincent, no distinguished older man who is a vampire secretly preying on the locals, and maybe no ties to Amy, if there is an Amy.

    What I’m saying is, this could be a vampire film and not be called Fright Night.

    • im saying it could be crap.

  3. Hooray? I guess I’m not making any judgment calls till I see some of the movie. Its probbaly going to be all right. I think its going to be better then most remarks. E.g no one here is really a A-list possible sub par celeb.
    It is what it.

  4. David Tennet is playing Peter Vincent…I don’t know where you got the idea that there will be no Peter Vincent! Photos of him are already on the internet…just look around! And Imogen Poots is playing Charlie’s girlfriend…you folks really need to follow production

  5. Haha it’s funny how people start to say negative things about films without watching anything, just for some words and one image. I love the original film (both of them) and I’m sure this remake will be good.

  6. David Tennant’s inclusion is what sold me. He’s a great actor and seeing him in a big budget American film will be awesome.

  7. Ok, David Tennant taking the classic and classy Roddy McDowall’s role is great. Written by Marti Noxon is great. So, hopefully, this will be one remake that won’t suck. (no pun intended)

  8. IMO David Tennant is an extremely talented actor, so I’ll watch anything he’s involved in. And David Tennant on the big screen in 3D? Man, that’ll be awesome! :) There’s only one problem: how the hell will I stand the waiting for almost a YEAR?!

    • We’ll knock on your coffin on opening night…:)

  9. Tennant’s involvement is the only reason I’m excited about this remake.

  10. Glad to hear Chris Sarandan will at least have a cameo. He was great in the 1st movie. I was also lucky enough to work with him once, and he was very nice, down to earth, and a hard worker with no ego. I love him!

    • on what project did you work with him on?

  11. I have the script, if anyone is interested I will email it to you!!

  12. Director Tom Holland’s film career really dried up … and that’s a shame. Maybe the publicity from this reboot will get him back behind the camera. Unless he’s gone all John Carpenter on us and lost every iota of talent he once had.