Trailer And Poster For Craig Gillespie's 'Fright Night' Doesn't Suck...

by Christopher Bell
May 13, 2011 7:19 AM
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But Isn't What We Thought It'd Be, Either



After a slew of teasing pictures, DreamWorks has finally unveiled the trailer for upcoming horror remake "Fright Night" starring Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrell, adorable next-big-thing Imogen Poots, Toni Colette, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Dave Franco, and Chris Sarandon. And the verdict?

Well, it certainly opens playfully, with Mintz-Plasse trying to convince Yelchin that something's amiss in the neighborhood and the latter criticizing his inappropriate vampire name (even if we heard a similar joke in “True Blood” a couple of seasons ago). But seeing as Tom Holland’s knotty, underappreciated original was a fun time that didn't take itself too seriously, it's a bit of a disappointment that the latter half of the trailer takes everything with such a straight face, showcasing some intense and contrived modern horror scenes and a sinister Farrell.

What’s even weirder is that we don’t see David Tennant’s Peter Vincent. Like, at all. In the original film, the character was a midnight movie host who the teen protagonist enlists in fighting evil; in 2011 he’s a flashy Las Vegas magician. Either way, it’s probably going to add a fair amount of humor to the enterprise, so the character being entirely missing from the trailer doesn’t bode well.

So does the preview reveal the real tone of the film or is it a marketing scheme to get the teens in the seats? We're hoping for the latter, as director Craig Gillespie has never been too businesslike with his films and we'd hate to see him waste his talents on a generic studio picture. There's a sliver of hope once the trailer starts hitting the generic buttons, though -- a brief shot shows Yelchin breaking into the vampire's house, referring to an iPhone app titled "How To Pick A Lock" -- which may be hinting towards something that has some humility, despite what the rest of the trailer may lead you to believe.

One way to find out, and that's to check it out on August 19th.
Additional reporting by Drew Taylor.

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8 Comments

  • Kevin Jagernauth | May 20, 2011 2:42 AMReply

    So is this going to be the summer of Colin Farrell? He kind of kills it in this trailer and in "Horrible Bosses."

  • Mark Zhuravsky | May 19, 2011 1:44 AMReply

    I so dearly wish that this film wasn't color corrected to orange and teal.

  • len | May 15, 2011 9:03 AMReply

    you mention Tennant missing from the trailer but didn't seem to notice he's also missing from your cast list at top (though Chris Sarandon is included...). proofreading is your friend.

  • Blue Steel | May 14, 2011 2:35 AMReply

    people make up your mind. People hate when trailer shows too much. Then people hate when a trailer doesn't show what they want.

  • dangerdiabolik | May 13, 2011 12:34 PMReply

    i like that poster right up until Colin Farrells face. the original poster is iconic, they could have tried a little harder. i hold a dear spot in my heart for the original and wish this remake had not happened but i'm hearing good things about the script so we shall see. trailer wasn't all that promising though.

  • Smash Tit-house | May 13, 2011 10:47 AMReply

    ah, there's a quick one second flash of Tennant to satiate the Who fans for until a proper trailer drops highlighting some of the lighter moments of the script. That being said, there definitely needs to be more Tennant in that trailer.

  • boynotorious | May 13, 2011 10:35 AMReply

    Bring it. The script was ridiculously fun. I am in.

  • Katarzyna Nowak | May 13, 2011 8:24 AMReply

    Heheh, good one :)
    I don’t think I will see this though as this is not my kind of movie, you know :)

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