Fright Night is one movie that is on our 2011 summer movie slate with several big fat question marks next to it. The original 1980s version –  about a geek who discovers his next door neighbor is a vampire – is considered a cult-classic, in large part because of a great mix of horror and comedy.

However, in the age where every other movie wants to go “Dark Knight” on us (i.e., darker and edgier) one of those aforementioned question marks next to this new version of Fright Night is whether or not director Craig Gillespie will honor the comedy/horror balance of the original.

Today, with the first trailer for the new Fright Night we have an early estimate in regards to that question: this remake looks to be going for more of an action/thriller vibe, with the comedic elements toned way down (at least as far as we can judge from the trailer).

Also, the fact that the film is (literally) going to be coming at us in “Real 3D” means that the dreaded “tinted colors” issue will be rearing its head yet again (see: Thor for a recent example). In a movie where a lot of the story has to take place at night, murky tones suddenly become an even bigger worry, to say the least.

The trailer is below – BE WARNED!!! This is one of “those trailers” that gives way too much of the movie away upfront. Before you watch, check out the synopsis for Fright Night to find out what the movie is all about:

Senior Charlie Brewster (Anton Yelchin) finally has it all—he’s running with the popular crowd and dating the hottest girl in high school. In fact, he’s so cool he’s even dissing his best friend Ed (Christopher Mintz-Plasse). But trouble arrives when an intriguing stranger Jerry (Colin Farrell) moves in next door. He seems like a great guy at first, but there’s something not quite right—and everyone, including Charlie’s mom (Toni Collette), doesn’t notice. After witnessing some very unusual activity, Charlie comes to an unmistakable conclusion: Jerry is a vampire preying on his neighborhood. Unable to convince anyone that he’s telling the truth, Charlie has to find a way to get rid of the monster himself in this Craig Gillespie-helmed revamp of the comedy-horror classic.

Never thought I’d say this – but Colin Farrell plays the best vampire character I’ve seen in awhile – a welcome respite from the sparkly Emo depictions of a certain franchise-that-shall-not-be-named. Farrell has that wild-eyed menace hidden behind a pretty boy facade that makes a character like Jerry engaging to watch. Anton Yelchin and Christopher Mintz-Plasse look alright (if not overly familiar) in their roles as high school nerds – and Imogen Poots is certainly…well, let’s just say she holds the eye. But if not for Farrell, I doubt that anything in this trailer would really stand out.

By the way: Am I the only one disappointed that we didn’t get a look at David Tennant in his faux-Criss Angel role as Peter Vincent?

What did you think of the trailer? Will you be giving Fright Night a chance when it hits theaters on August 19, 2011?

Source: IGN