DreamWorks' Fright Night remake did all right for itself with its panel at the 2011 Comic-Con this past weekend. More footage was shown of fan-favorite David Tennant as Las Vegas showman/vampire slayer Peter Vincent, as well as digs at the all-too-popular Twilight franchise.
That Comic-Con material is now online, along with a new international trailer for the Fright Night reworking. But does the tongue-in-cheek horrorfest look better or worse for it?
When the first Fright Night trailer hit the scene, it suggested the remake could be more serious and grim in tone than the 1985 original - not to mention visually dark and murky, making the 3D effect seem less appealing. Not a whole lot of the film's R-Rated humor has been shown since then (for obvious reasons), but by and large the pic looks like it could be a fun romp, full of sly one-liners and hopefully some good old-fashioned grisly vampire violence.
Here's the synopsis for Fright Night if you want to know what you're getting into:
Senior Charlie Brewster (Anton Yelchin) finally has it all—he’s running with the popular crowd and dating the hottest girl (Imogen Poots) 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.
Now check out the more Tennant-centric Fright Night international trailer (via Empire) and Comic-Con clip (via Yahoo! Movies) below:
Both Tennant and Farrell seem to be having a lot of fun, with the former Doctor Who star channeling his inner privileged jerk, and the latter off-settig his thirst for blood with an appropriate pretty boy look and sinister twinkle in his eye. Yelchin also seems to work as the everyman at the center of the film, allowing the bigger personalities around him to really steal the show.
Speaking of colorful characters: we've not gotten to see a whole lot of Mintz-Plasse as "Evil" Ed up to now, largely due to reasons of him having a pretty foul mouth. However, to get a better taste of that, you should definitely check out the NSFW Fright Night Comic-Con clip below:
Playing a nerdy teenager who is well versed in pop-culture and likes to drop f-bombs isn't exactly new territory for Mintz-Plasse (see: every other role he's played), but he hasn't worn out that act just yet. Hopefully, the "Mclovin" actor will be yet another entertaining part of Fright Night, which is being brought to life by screenwriter Marti Noxon and director Craig Gillespie - the same duo that'll be working behind the scenes on the upcoming Pride and Prejudice and Zombies adaptation. If all goes according to plan, those two will have found their niche in the form of the funny-but-gruesome supernatural horror genre.
Fright Night hits U.S. theaters on August 19th, 2011.
Source: Empire, Yahoo! Movies