A couple of new images from the Fright Night reboot have just been released online, and what a sight they are. The first in particular (top right) shows a gothed-up David Tennant as Las Vegas stage magician Peter Vincent, who ends up helping Anton Yelchin’s teen battle Colin Farrell’s malicious neck-chewer.
It’s quite a wardrobe change from the Vincent we know and love from the original 1987 Fright Night. Whereas the ’87 version (top left) starred Roddy McDowall as a fuddy old vamp slaying horror icon, Tennant here sort of resembles Russell Brand meeting Sirius Black by way of The Crow.
Will it work? Tennant definitely has an ability to make larger than life characters sing (as any Dr Who fan will tell you), but this new Fright seems like such a massive departure from the ’80s film that you wonder why they even bothered using the same title. Apart from the fact that it’s a great title, of course.
The second new image shows off Toni Collette as Yelchin’s mum, with the Aussie native rounding out a seriously impressive cast (not forgetting Imogen Poots and Christopher Mintz-Plasse, of course). To be honest, the most this reboot seems to have going for it is the names involved, with that stellar cast reading from a script by Buffy screenwriter Marti Noxon. If anything, then, we should get some snappy lines read by a snappy cast – but who’d rather just watch the original film? I know I would.
Speaking of, here’s why I love Fright Night ’87…
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Colin Farrell’s been talking up his reboot of Total Recall. Even though I’m loathe to acknowledge that such a thing can possibly exist, it’s at least interesting to hear what he has to say. According to him:
“The film, tonally, is really different. I loved that original and I’ve seen it recently and it’s still great. It’s so enjoyable from start to finish. But it’s really camp. I’m not sure how camp it was back then, because I didn’t have a reference for such notions when I was a kid. I didn’t find out my brother was gay until later, so I didn’t know what was camp! But yes, it is very much a different tone. It’s quite a bit darker.
“I say this not in a disparaging way, but there’s not as many kind of winks to the audience. It’s played a lot more straight. And of course, it’s going to be with the advent of certain technologies and special effects. I’ve seen some of the pre-vis stuff that Len has already designed with his team. It’s fucking amazing, man! I don’t know what the film is going to be like, but lookswise, it’s incredible.”
First off, Arnie fighting a spandex-wearing Sharon Stone before heading off to Mars in a fat-woman disguise then meeting a chick with three tits is CAMP?! What kind of universe does Farrell live in?
Oh, alright, I can sort of see his point. The original is completely ‘90s in a great, cheesy, screaming Arnie sort of way. But my love for it refuses to wane, especially because of its clever camera trickery and use of old school (or, yeah, modern in those days) effects. Farrell’s reboot is going to have to be something seriously special to trump it.
Interview via IGN