‘Fright Night’ Trailer: Murky Action, Few Laughs

Published 4 years ago by , Updated May 17th, 2011 at 11:41 am,

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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

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  1. Imogen Poots, damn…..

    Not sure how I feel about this film, good date night film though.

  2. Dear Fright Night trailer,

    I find your lack of David Tennant disturbing.

    • I too find it disturbing…he was the main reason why i wanted to see this movie. But it still looks very well filmed.

  3. Minus the lack of Tennant, this looks like the first legitimate Vampire-horror film in far too long. Definitely going to see this.

  4. Fright Night had quite a few serious moments when it came to the tension between Charlie and Jerry. I’m hoping to Evil Ed and Peter Vincent bring much needed levity to the proceedings, or else I’ll be seriously disappointed by all this.. <=\

    • “You have to have faith for that to work on me!”

      • add “Mr. Vincent” :)

  5. meh!

  6. Looks ok and has a good cast but I keep thinking to myself….was this remake REALLY necessary? I thought the first one with Roddy McDowall, Chris Sarandon and William Ragsdale was a great show.

    This just seems like another rehash following in the footsteps of others like the horrible “Nightmare on Elm Street” reboot. Hollywood can’t manage to think for themselves so this is what inevitably happens.

    • no one movie is ever REALLY necessary. but if it entertains audiences then Hollywood did their job

  7. looks better than the original so thats good.

  8. I watched the original when I was seven/eight, that was like ten years ago, and it scared the hell out of me. If the original is funny, I wanna watch it. It’ll be like watching a whole new movie.

    • Original alternated between spooky and freakin’ hilarious. It was kind of bipolar that way.

      • Hell, when I was a kid, the first Scary Movie freaked me out, I thought it was an actual Scream movie. Then I saw the piano being pushed down the stairs, and I was like hey, I’m watching Tom & Jerry. Btw going back to Fright Night, hilarious for the right reason’s may I ask?

  9. Havent seen the original (i plan to soon) but this looks good.

    Dont know how the comedy will work in but it looks like a solid horror film. From the trailer it doesnt look like its trying to be edgy or unique like other terrible horror films. This will be staight to the point and entertain more than scare. Which is a good thing.

    And i agree with most people here. Trailer needs more David Tennant

  10. There’s a lot of things in this trailer that I think, what in the hell about, but yet there’s other stuff that seems fantastic

  11. I must say, I was on the fence for this remake because of how great the original was. That is until I saw this. Farrel looks like he’s going to be great as Jerry, Anton is definitely a great actor and fits well. I can’t wait to see Tennant as Peter Vincent, in action, though!! Oh and McLovin as Evil Ed looks pretty awesome as well.

  12. For me, a movie with Vampires has been played out. Zombies too.
    This movie has about as much chance to be frightening as Cars 2.

    • what really IS scary these days?

      • Ain’t that the truth.

        You have to look back for that.
        Horror Of Dracula with Christopher Lee
        as the man himself — now that’s terrifying.

  13. They’ve definitely decided to make some big changes to the story, just going by the trailer, but the changes made look like they might pay off. Still too soon to call on this one, but I’m liking what I see so far.

    And yes, I’m also bummed Tennant doesn’t show up in the trailer.

  14. Looks like a fun retelling.

  15. that was filmed at my high school and a neighnorhood by my house. its crazy to see those places in the movie. anyways looks pretty cool

  16. Thor was a 3D Conversion, i.e. not real 3D. Fright night was shot in 3D with 3D camera rigs. Just want to make sure you don’t get this confused for another crappy 2D to 3D conversion effort.

    But perhaps you’re just referring to the tint of the 3D glasses? Which would affect any 3D, real or fake. However, if the colorist know what’s he’s doing that’s easy to compensate for, as the 3D release should have it’s own, slightly brighter DCP created for distribution.

    • typos aside, it’s good to know that this movie was shot in 3D. Makes a huge difference in quality IMHO.

  17. Anyone who knows me may think the movie gods love me!!

    1) “Fright Night” is my all time favorite Vampire themed movie
    2) Colin Farrell is one of MY Favorite actors.. I met him on set of Miami Vice (yes i know i know ) and he is such a genuine guy.

    Very excited to see this remake..!!!

  18. After seeing this miserable trailer, I’m glad i have the original in my DVD collection :)

  19. I’m getting a Disturbia feel.

    • I thought I was the only one. Very disturbia.

  20. I swear that was David Tenant at the 2:10 mark, either way I too wish he had a bigger part in the trailer but I’m pleased by what I’m seeing here.

  21. So so unhappy with this trailer. I mean, only a half a second look at Tennant? They have absolutely blown it and I had so many expectations about this film!

  22. What a waste of time and money making this movie. Just shows they dont have any new ideas for movies!! The trailer is rubbish and can just tell the movie will be too. The original was great! Hollywood get a grip!

  23. Looks great to me! Looking forward to it.

  24. Loved the original , but I think I’ll be seeing this just off Colin Farrell’s performance in the trailer.

    The film can only get better with us still to see David Tennant

  25. Are you kidding me? That looked awesome! Youre dissapointed in this movie cuz they didnt show a character in the trailer?? Freaks.

  26. No…No, no, no, no, no. First thing to point out is the dirtbike flying through the back windshield looked terrible. Can never compare to Herman’s Head slowly discovering his neighbor is a vampyric Prince Humperdinck as reports of missing headless bodies keep appearing on the news. His girlfriend Marcy Darcy, and best friend 976 Evil(before going on to gay porn) think he’s crazy and try to get help from horror movie host and former B movie actor Roddy McDowall. As someone who grew up in love with Elvira and is a huge fan of the horror/B movie host such i.e. Elvira, Joe Bob Briggs, etc… no Criss Angel douchebag is going to be as cool as a “vampire hunting expert”. And as gnarly as Farrell looks in a return to hardcore vampires as opposed to depressed, lovelorn, angst ridden, homo vamps he just can’t compare to Chris Sarandon. This disturbia meets Dracula crap probably could’ve been something I loved under a different title with different character names. But remaking/re-imagining a classic movie where it was completely unnecessary because it was awesome and stands the test of time. Fright Night was scary, campy, AWESOME, 80’S, etc… I don’t get the point of this, even the club scene looks terrible. The best looking part was probably the confrontation between Jerry and Charlie which is great in the original where he gives him a choice he never had. This has ruined my day, and as dumb as it sounds I will hardly be able to stand waiting for the time to see this movie as some odd self-torture where I’ll just get more pissed.

    • You forgot to call Roddy- Cornelius (from Planet of the Apes). Otherwise, a pretty cool synopsis.

    • Dial this rant back about 33% and it’s mine, too – good job. ^_^ Also, what – where’s David Tennant? He’d be the only reason I’d watch this.

      mac :]

  27. Anyone know if any of the original cast will have cameos in the new film?

  28. I just hope that Tennant’s role in the flick isn’t reduced. Not solely as a “Whovian,” but because that character is the source of much of the humor and light in the original.

  29. I was just wondering if they were ever gonna come out with a ticks part 2. I mean part 1 was good and it had suspence but it also left everyone thinking there would be a part 2 because at the end when the van is in the junk yard a tick that hasn’t yet hatched falls from underneath the van. I believe that with 2days new technology they could make a part 2 and not only would it be full of gore but it would have a great cast of characters as well as new plot and the ticks would look even better. I really do hope you come out with a part 2 to ticks because it really was a great movie.