The first trailer for Fright Night has made its way online. This is director Craig Gillespie’s 3D remake of the 1985 film of the same name. So, to fans of the original, we pose the question: does this trailer promise good or bad things for the upcoming movie?
From what we can tell from the synopsis, this remake is pretty similar to the original: things are finally going Charley Brewster’s way. He’s a popular senior dating the most desirable girl in high school. But things take a turn for the worse when Charley gets a new neighbour. Jerry seems like a great guy at first but Charley soon comes to the conclusion that he’s in fact a vampire who is feeding on the neighbours. Naturally, nobody believes him so Charley must find a way to get rid of the vampire himself, enlisting the help of Peter Vincent (David Tennant, who is sadly almost absent in the trailer), a magician who claims to be a vampire expert.
The trailer begins with a look at just how close Charley and his girlfriend are as he fumbles over an excuse to his mum on the phone. Then we’re shown a glimpse of high school life, the pair with frappuccinos in hand as they walk across the grounds (that’s just how cool these guys are). But Charley’s not-so-popular best friend Evil Ed notices things are off at school; fellow classmates are missing, something Charley writes off as coincidence. Cue intro to Jerry, the new neighbour played by a menacing Colin Farrell (notice how it’s dark outside?). Evil Ed is back this time informing the still clueless Charley that Jerry is a vampire, to which he scoffs. But uh-oh, what have we here? Screams in the night time, something is up with his new neighbour. Seeing Jerry’s car pull away from his house, Charley goes to investigate and that’s when things get even worse: threats, gas pipe explosions, crossbows, fangs, fire and car crashes.
Taking on the role of Charley Brewster is Star Trek's Anton Yelchin; Colin Farrell is the creepy, unfriendly vampire next door, Jerry Dandrige; Toni Collette is Charley’s sceptical mother, Judy; Christopher Mintz-Plasse is Charley’s loser best friend, Evil Ed; David Tennant is the unhelpful self-proclaimed vampire expert, Peter Vincent; and Imogen Poots is Amy Peterson, Charley’s girlfriend and Jerry's first choice for dessert.
Fright Night has been filmed in 3D and according to Collider who got a sneak peek at some footage, it looks pretty amazing (this reporter is still dubious, is there really any need?). We’ll find out on August 19 in the US and September 2 in the UK. The trailer comes via IGN.