Over the weekend, the first trailer for the upcoming Fright Night redux hit the net, which resulted in mostly a chorus of BOO's (as remakes always tend to unfairly get). Check it out below and then leave a comment letting me know if you're excited to see it or if you think it looks like a slick pile of remake shit!
Over on the Freddy In Space Facebook page this past weekend, I defended this trailer to an extent and thought it looked kinda fun, even if it does, and I quote myself (how lame am I?), "reek of the post-Twilight 'lets grab a successful vampire property, throw a hunky guy in there and make a killing off it while we still can' syndrome." It definitely does, and comes off a bit too Disturbia for my liking, but I still stand by these thoughts. The cast is rockin' (looks like Farrell's gonna turn out to be a great choice for Jerry) and I really think this is going to be a fun movie, if nothing else.
That being said, the change of Peter Vincent from horror actor/horror host to Criss Angel-esque magician (glimpsed briefly at 2:10 in the trailer) is the thing that has me a bit worried about this remake. A large part of the charm, for me at least, of the original Fright Night (which it's been far too long since i've seen) is the fact that the main character is a big fan of horror films, which gives the whole movie that geeky fandom feel that I love. A horror fan finds out that his next door neighbor is a vampire, so he enlists the help of a horror actor who has killed many a vampire onscreen ... it's just such a cool idea, a horror fan's wet dream come to life. That whole vibe is seemingly going to be totally absent from this one, which seems to be geared to a more mainstream audience. Don't dig that change but hey, this is a remake and remakes should be different than their originals, so I won't hate on it too much over that.
And no, I still don't give a shit about 3D. Hope to see this one in 2D, so that I can actually focus my eyes on the screen without suffering through an hour and a half long headache just so I can see a motorcyle come flying into my vision every so often. E...nough.
By the way, (Mc)lovin' the use of the old school logo.
Fright Night hits theatres August 19th of this year. Leave a comment below with whether or not you'll be joining me at the theatre opening weekend!