The Fright Night remake is due August 19, and the first official images from the film are now online. The film stars Anton Yelchin as Charlie Brewster, who has a vampire (Colin Farrell) move in next door. The Craig Gillespie-directed remake tones down some of the sexual subtext of the original, which is part of the reason why the film still plays well, but the new spin on the material has yet to be revealed. The film also stars Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Imogen Poots. Check out the stills…
The success or failure (at least artistically) of the film seems to ride on the makers doing something new or interesting with the original material. The first film had great Hitchcockian direction and a sexually charged subtext. The film begins with Charlie about to lose his virginity only to be distracted by two men moving in next door. Though it has been noted that the actor who played the original Evil Ed eventually went into gay pornography, and the female lead later outed herself as a lesbian, there’s a constant pan-sexuality to the film. But it also works whether you pick up on that or not.
The film test screened this week, and word has covered a wide spectrum. The film was shot to be R-rated, if the film doesn’t work, expect it to be cut down for a PG-13.
Are you excited for Fright Night?