The first trailer for the remake of Fright Night (and much of the early material) focused on Anton Yelchin and Colin Farrell. Yelchin plays teenager Charlie Brewster, who thinks his next door neighbor Jerry Dandridge (Farrell) is a vampire. What it didn’t do is spotlight much of Evil Ed (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) or Peter Vincent (David Tenant), two of the most memorable characters from the original. Now there’s a new trailer, and Evil Ed and Peter Vincent finally make their bows. Check it out.
Okay, so this tells us little about Evil Ed, and doesn’t hint at the sexual confusions that can be found in the original. What it does do is give a better look at this version’s take on Peter Vincent, who is obviously modeled on Chris Angel and David Blaine. Since there aren’t a lot of hosts of horror programs like there were in the 1970′s and 1980′s (maybe teenagers know who Elvira is, but probably not), it’s a smart choice, and is one of the keys to this film working on its own terms.
Though I’m on the fence about this remake in general (the original is one of the best genre pictures from the 80′s), the end bit where Jerry Dandridge blows up the house to avoid the rule of having to be invited in is a very clever idea. How much of this works on its own terms is yet to be seen, but this new footage gives hope. The film hits theaters August 19. Working against the movie is that it’s in 3-D. We shall see how far that format’s stock fall in the next couple of weeks.
Have you seen the original Fright Night?