"There's a lot of vampire out there now," said Fright Night screenwriter Marti Noxon. "I hadn't really done anything since Buffy, and once you've done Buffy it's really hard to top." She was drawn to Fright Night for its relationships and how they could evolve from original to remake. "I really wanted to write a vampire that didn't play the piano," she says. She missed vampires with "viciousness and sexuality," something she says Colin Farrell undeniably has. Director Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl) wasn't familiar with the original Fright Night but loved Noxon's script. "I could visualize it really easily," he says.
Farrell was reluctant to play vampire Jerry Dandrige at first. "I loved the original, I had seen it first when I was ten or eleven….when I heard they were making it I was dubious, I thought 'Oh here we go, Hollywood and its originality.' But I really liked [the script]. I had done some films that were more serious in their subject matter and I just wanted to have some fun." He added: "There was enough homage paid to the original and enough new material to take the characters in a new direction."
Farrell is not currently admitting that Fright Night was a mistake, but did say (in response to "which superhero would you like to play?"); "I thought I was playing a superhero in Alexander and that didn't really pan out." He also notes that: "Miami Vice was a bit of a six month blackout for me." Farrell has left his drinking and drugging behind, and In Bruges, Ondine, Crazy Heart and The Way Back all hold performances to be proud of. Fright Night may not continue the trend, but he had a good time doing it.
Fright Night boasts some A-list actors in a remake of a B horror-comedy. Roger Ebert said of the 1985 original: "Fright Night is not a distinguished movie, but it has a lot of fun being undistinguished." We'll see if the same can be said for the remake. Judging from the four 3-D clips, it's hard to believe that this is the same director who did Lars and the Real Girl.
The fastest texters in the hall were able to win an advance Comic-Con screening of the film.