Fright Night: First Look: Undead Monday

Posted by Grey Monday, April 11, 2011

"If you love being scared, it'll be the night of your life." Again.

Director Tom Holland's 1985 classic teen-horror film, Fright Night, has been a staple feature of horror films of yesteryears. A surprise hit at its time, the film went on to spawn a lackluster sequel in 1985. With its tongue-in-cheek humor and horror film parody-esque way of story-telling, it is perhaps no surprise that the film has now been remade by DreamWorks and is slated for an August 19th release.

Directed by Craig Gillespie (the Director of the brilliantly subtle Lars and the Real Girl in 2007), the remake stars Anton Yelchin (Pavel Chekov in J. J. Abrams's Star Trek reboot) as protagonist Charley Brewster, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Kick-Ass's Red Mist) as his best friend, Evil Ed. More importantly, Colin Farrell would be reprising the role of next door neighbor-cum-charismatic vampire Jerry Dandridge, previously portrayed by Chris Sarandon. For those unfamiliar with the original, we are not talking about your dreamy pale Twilight-type of Vampire. Another classic character of the original, Peter Vincent, will be portrayed by David Tennant (the tenth Doctor Who), with the role reimagined from TV's late night horror show host to Las Vegas/British magician whose show revolves around horror movie imagery. Rounding up the cast is Toni Collette, playing the role of the mother of Charley.

DreamWorks has recently released several set pictures from the film. Hit the jump to check them out.

An official synopsis of the film, courtesy of Collider:

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

Fright Night is scheduled to be released on August 19th.


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