'Super 8' and 'Fright Night' Clips: Exploding Trains & Evil Vampires

JJ Abrams Super 8 and Fright Night remake with Colin Farrell

Today's batch of footage from upcoming titles includes yet another clip from J.J. Abrams' Super 8 that focuses on the pivotal but mysterious train crash which sets the film's plot in motion - and the first clip from Fright Night, director Craig Gillespie's upcoming remake of the cult classic horror-comedy about a boy and his less-than-friendly neighbor.

The former hits theaters next week and looks to be an endearing homage to old-fashioned sci-fi and coming-of-age movies released in the late 1970s/early 1980s. Gillespie's film on the other hand, hasn't inspired a whole lot of confidence just yet.

Abrams' Super 8 takes place in 1979 and revolves around Joe Lamb (Joel Courtney), a young boy who spends his days hanging out with a pack of eccentric but creative kids who are making their own low-budget monster movie - much to the chagrin of Joe's father, Jackson (Kyle Chandler). Things take a turn for the weird when a mysterious creature being transported via train escapes from its prison - and Joe and his friends inadvertently film the "monster" as it makes its getaway.

All four Super 8 clips released before now (see the first pair HERE and the second HERE) have been excerpts from the "creature escape" sequence, but have offered no concrete details about what the strange (alien?) being is - or why the government has been keeping its existence under wraps. What they have illustrated is that the train wreck which sets the creature free will definitely be one of the more exciting (and destructive) scenes in the entire film.

Check out that scene (via Yahoo! Movies) below:

Early word on Super 8 is that it succeeds as a clever mix of family drama and mysterious sci-fi thrills - without feeling too much like simply J.J. Abrams' version of E.T. While the film won't be the biggest blockbuster hit of the season, it'll definitely have a solid opening, thanks to the marketing campaign's refusal to reveal just what exactly the mysterious creature in the movie looks like (our April Fools' prank aside).


Fright Night

As Arthur proved earlier this year, remakes of films that proved to be popular back in the 1980s aren't per se easily positioned to recapture the success that their predecessors achieved - not to mention, be found as charming by modern audiences as they were a few decades back. That's very much the case for Fright Night, which still has a fair amount of promise - but (as mentioned before) early footage shown from the film has been a bit uneven overall.

For those unfamiliar with the 1985 original: Fright Night follows the adventures of one Charley Brewster (Anton Yelchin), an inexplicably popular high schooler with a smoking-hot girlfriend (Imogen Poots). Enter Jerry Dandridge (Colin Farrell), Charley's new neighbor - and, as it turns out, a sinister creature of the night who's more than a bit interested in drinking the blood of the folks who live next door.

The first Fright Night trailer was a bit heavy on the murky 3D action and horror thrills than humor, which was all the more surprising given that the movie was scripted by Marti Noxon(Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and directed by Gillespie (Mr. Woodcock, Lars and the Real Girl). For better or for worse, the first clip unveiled from the film retains is also all serious and sinister in tone as well.

Check out that Fright Night clip (via MTV) below:

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We've only gotten to see a brief bit of Charley's nerdy pal "Evil" Ed (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) and just an image of David Tennant as Peter Vincent from Fright Night; that's a shame, seeing as that those two could end up being scene-stealers in the film. However, it's Farrell's blood-sucker who so far appears to be one of the best things about the remake - with just the right mix of handsome looks and menacing manner to pull off a proper vampire in the age of Twilight.


Super 8 hits theaters in less than two weeks on June 10th.

Fright Nightwill arrive later this summer on August 19th.

Source: MTV, Yahoo! Movies

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