‘Fright Night’ TV Trailer Includes ‘Twilight’ Jokes & David Tennant

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David Tennant as Peter Vincent in Fright Night Fright Night TV Trailer Includes Twilight Jokes & David Tennant

The 2011 MTV Movie Awards aired last night – and once again, the Twilight franchise reigned triumphant at the ceremony. Among the new goodies that aired during the show was a television trailer for the Fright Night remake, which promises to be the anti-Twilight in every sense of the term.

Fright Night features many of the same ingredients (teens, romance, handsome but deadly vampires) as author Stephenie Meyer’s creation, but very much combines them in a different and hard R-Rated manner.

The first Fright Night trailer introduced us to most of the important players in the film – including protagonist Charlie Brewster (Anton Yelchin) and evil blood-sucker Jerry Dandridge (Colin Farrell). However, that trailer failed to offer any footage of fan-favorite David Tennant as the illusionist/vampire hunter Peter Vincent. That problem is remedied in the new TV trailer, which also makes the former Doctor Who star look like a pretty bad-ass warrior in the remake.

On the less encouraging side of things: There’s good reason to be concerned that even though Fright Night is being released in “Real 3D,” it will suffer from murky color tones, due to it taking place primarily at night. As evidenced recently by Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, poorly-lit settings and 3D visuals don’t make for such a hot mix.

Could that also prove to be the case with Fright Night? Watch the new TV trailer below and find out:

Fright Night director Craig Gillespie and co-star Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Superbad, Kick-Ass) were recently talking up the horror-comedy remake, saying that the movie features much more traditional vampire-related gore/violence and hilariously foul-mouthed humor (much of it, courtesy of Plasse and Tennant) than the trailer(s) might lead you to believe. If nothing else, it at least appears as though Farrell’s turn as the wickedly ingenious Jerry should serve as additional evidence that he works better as a character actor than a leading man.

On the other hand: The non-R-Rated bits of humor in Fright Night that have been glimpsed so far (Twilight references, iPhone application jokes) come off too much like self-aware attempts to be “hip” and appeal to the teenage demographic. Combine that with concerns that the remake could go overboard on being a darker and more action-oriented take on its horror-comedy predecessor, and there’s no guarantee the final product won’t be just kind of a bloody mess. Finally, the film doesn’t seem worth watching in 3D, all things considered. It’s probably better to save that 3D ticket money for something like Transformers 3.

Toni Collette and Anton Yelchin in Fright Night Fright Night TV Trailer Includes Twilight Jokes & David Tennant

Working in the film’s favor is the involvement of screenwriter Marti Noxon, who also worked on Joss Whedon’s original Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV series – so we know she’s certainly capable of delivering a vampire tale that mixes sly humor with legitimately cool action. Plus, her being hired on to work with Gillespie again on Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is a good sign that both the director and studio heads approve of what Noxon did with Fright Night.

Fright Night hits theaters this summer on August 19th, 2011.

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  1. Haha this looks fun

  2. The trailer was awesome, I hope the film will be great and also the cast including Farrell, Tennant and Yelchin.

  3. It looks entertaining I will give it that but I still question all of these remakes of perfectly good classics. It’s one thing to update a movie to take advantage of better FX but the original still works.

    For every one remake that works I can name five that didn’t so WHY do they persist in a line of reasoning that has a losing track record? It almost feels as if Hollywood believes it has already told all the stories so they are now “forced” to do nothing but remakes/reboots.

    • Mongoose, sadly, that’s the case. I wont be seeing this rehash.

      • I know. As much as I was trying to be sarcastic, there is something at the back of my brain that keeps gnawing at me that it might be true (or that at least Hollywood believes it is)

  4. Tennant seems like he’ll be fun here. =3

  5. Sad to hear about the amount of language the film will have. Being dirty-funny is easy. It’s being clean-funny that’s the real challenge. Still, I have to see it before judging it.

  6. Oh, HELL YEAH! I can’t wait for this now. Tennant looks like he will be great in this movie!

    • I couldn’t agree more.

  7. And sorry, even though Tennant is really cool, he cannot top McDowell in that rols, nor can Farrell top the great Chris Sarandon.

    • Anthony, I have to agree with you. The original was FINE. McDowall and Sarandon were perfect in their roles. Rather than try to remake everything, Hollywood should be open to more original material.

      • “you have to have FAITH for that to work on me!”

        This line struck me as a very poignant part of the show. It revealed who the great Peter Vincent was but also that he could overcome his own lack of faith in himself. Roddy McDowall was great in the role and I doubt this version will include this small but important sub-plot.

  8. DAVID TENNANT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Oh man, that looks good! Another remake to look forward to. :)

  10. Geez, it’s almost criminal how underrated Farrell is as an actor.

    • No, it’s crimminal how he keeps getting roles :(

    • Let’s note: With enough makeup, all British people look about the same. =3

  11. The original film was hardly a classic, but this doesnt look very either, and hardly a great way for David Tennant to break into US films.

    • It is a cult classic.

      • Maybe, its a fun enough film with a decent take on the vampire myth, but I have seen it once and have little desire to see it again. But as this is a remake, I am totally against it in principal.

  12. Actually looks kinda good – will be fun!

  13. this (in tone) looks total different from the 80’s one that i have love since seeing it back then but that’s a good thing farrell’s not everyones cuppa but he was good in London boulevard and S.W.A.T and Tennant well he was the doctor plus hes just a good actor in his own right (see the B.B.C’s Casanova series) all in all i’v been waiting for this for awhile so im syked

    • You went with SWAT as an example of Farrell acting chops? Really?

  14. Sigh…

    Clearly the writers of the new Fright Night are not only out of touch but also condescending. The excuses for why Peter Vincent has been changed into a Vegas Stage magician feel like they were made by someone completely out of touch.

    1. The creators of the Fright Night remake claim that the horror host doesn’t exist anymore. No, they exist, you just don’t realize that’s what you’re looking at. The Horror host still exists. To say it’s died out is REALLY out of touch. Most of us still remember Mystery Science theater 3000. He could have been a heckler of B movies like the popular Mystery science theater and Rifftrax. IF there’s no Horror host left than what’s that? Every horror / fantasy fan knows what Mystery science theater is And less than ten years ago William Shatner had a midnight movie show on the Scifi channel. Elvira’s back on the air. Not to mention the online personalities like Nostalgia Critic (who is only twenty eight years old, by the way) and everyone at That Guy with The Glasses dot com. If anything Horror hosts exist MORE today than they did in 1985 so the excuse here is an uber fail of someone completely out of touch.

    2. What Highschool kid relates to a stage magician? Seriously?

    3. It’s like they forgot who Peter Vincent is named after. Peter Cushing (the man who played Professor Van Helsing more than any other actor) and Vincent Price (the king of horror).

    A more logical update to the Peter Vincent character would have been to give him a webseries.

    • in the movie, peter vincent does have a website about how to deal with vampires. so while not a web series, it still relates in that way. the original is a cult classic, and as with most movies, you either love it or hate it. for a remake, this is one of the better ones that the film industry has come out with in awhile. tennant and farrell are pretty good in it, too. mclovin lol as evil ed is fantastic, too.