Summer 2011 is filled with sequels, spin-offs, and reboots. That's right, as exciting as the season's blockbusters may seem, we're being inundated with one of the most unoriginal summers the movies have ever seen. Within that context, though, which movies rise above the "Yeah, we phoned this one in" benchmark? Find out with our patent-pending originality meter.
From 1 to 10, where do these releases register? >> Posted 08.19.11 by reelz
With the opening of DreamWorks' remake of Fright Night just days away, three new preview clips have been released online.
Two preview clips from the remake were released last week, which showed high school student Charley Brewster (Anton Yelchin) as he is warned by his best friend (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) that his new neighbor (Colin Farrell) is a vampire, and the other showed Charley seek assistance from magician Peter Vincent (David Tennant). In keeping with the two clips and the preview clip released in May, the latest clips don't show much action from the movie, but continue to offer looks at the remake versions of the characters who were introduced in the 1985 original. watch the clips >> Posted 08.18.11 by Ryan
Touchstone Pictures has released two new preview clips from director Craig Gillespie's (Lars and the Real Girl) new movie, Fright Night, an updated remake of the 1985 comedy-horror classic of the same name. The movie centers around Charley Brewster (Anton Yelchin), a high school student who is finally coming into his own. He's hanging with the cool kids and dating the hottest girl (Imogen Poots) in school. Everything seems great...until a vampire (Colin Farrell) moves in next door. While we don't get to see any of Farrell's suave-but-vicious character, Jerry Dandridge, in the new preview clips, we are treated to some of the great dialogue written by screenwriter Marti Noxon, who honed her craft in the comedy-horror genre as a writer and producer on the Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV series. watch the new preview clips >> Posted 08.13.11 by BrentJS
A new TV spot recently began airing for director Craig Gillespie's (Lars and the Real Girl) latest movie, Fright Night, and it can now be viewed online. An updated remake of the 1985 original, the movie follows Charley Brewster (Anton Yelchin), a typical suburban teenager who begins to suspect that his charismatic new neighbor (Colin Farrell) is actually a vampire. The new movie was written by Buffy the Vampire Slayer writer Marti Noxon, whose comedic side shines through in this new spot as Charley's friend, "Evil" Ed Thomspon (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), explains that this vampire is more like the shark in Jaws and less like the "brooding or lovesick" vampires in Twilight. watch the new tv spot >> Posted 07.17.11 by BrentJS
A variety of new photos have been released for two upcoming horror movies — director Craig Gillespie's Fright Night remake and director David R. Ellis' follow-up to The Final Destination, Shark Night.
The latest photos for Fright Night center on one character, that of Las Vegas magician and vampire "expert" Peter Vincent, played by former Dr. Who star David Tennant. The character of Vincent has been mostly absent from the movie's promotional campaign, though he recently received a character poster in his native U.K. and finally made an extended appearance in the movie's latest trailer, released in June. In the 1985 original, Vincent was a late-night, horror movie TV host (played by Roddy McDowell), who spends a good amount of the movie not believing that Charlie Brewster has a vampire living next door to him. In the new photos, Vincent is shown in what looks like his Vegas hotel room, and then then is depicted holding a shotgun, which usually wouldn't cause much damage to a vampire, but the cross placed at at the end of the gun implies that there may be more to the weapon than meets the eye.
Fright Night opens Aug. 19th and stars Anton Yelchin as Brewster, the high school student with a vampire problem, Imogen Poots as Brewster's girlfriend Amy, and Colin Farrell as Jerry Dandridge, Bewster's vampire neighbor. more photos from Shark Night 3D >> Posted 07.07.11 by Ryan
While the domestic marketing campaign for Fright Night features a creepy, almost retro-horror teaser poster, the U.K. campaign for the updated remake of the 1985 comedy-horror classic includes four character posters of a more modern flavor, complete with sexy poses, catchy slogans, and bloody graphics. Featured on the four posters are Anton Yelchin as the boy with the vampire problem, Imogen Poots as Charley's too-hot girlfriend, David Tennant as faux vampire hunter Peter Vincent, and Colin Farrell as the problematic vampire next door. more about Fright Night >> Posted 06.29.11 by BrentJS
Yet another trailer debuted during last night's MTV Movie Awards broadcast, and this time it's from director Craig Gillespie's Fright Night remake.
Based on the 1985 original and given an updating from Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV series writer Marti Noxon, Fright Night still follows high school student Charlie Brewster (Anton Yelchin) who finds out that his new neighbor, Jerry Dandridge (Colin Farrell), is a vampire. Once Jerry discovers that Charlie knows the truth, he must protect his mother (Toni Collette) and girlfriend (Imogen Poots) from Dandridge.
Also like the original, Charlie will get some help from supposed vampire expert Peter Vincent (David Tennant). In the original, Vincent is a late-night horror movie host, but, in the remake, Vincent is re-imagined as a Las Vegas magician. Vincent, so far, has been mostly absent from the movie's previously released promotional items like the trailer and preview clip. In the newly released trailer Vincent makes a much larger appearance. watch the trailer >> Posted 06.06.11 by Ryan
Director Craig Gillespie's Fright Night remake won't open until August, but MTV has unveiled a new preview clip from the vampire movie, which sees Colin Farrell take over the role of antagonist Jerry Dandridge from Chris Sarandon, who played the character in the 1985 original. Like the original, Dandridge moves into a new neighborhood, but his teenaged next-door neighbor Charlie Brewster (Anton Yelchin) soon learns the truth about his undead nature.
Earlier this month, Gillespie said Farrell was the "perfect" pick for the role of Dandridge because "there's a dangerous quality to him, and he's very charismatic." In the preview clip, Farrell's Dandridge has a heart-to-heart with Brewster where he delivers a warning that displays both his charisma and the dangerous nature of his character. watch the clip >> Posted 05.31.11 by Ryan
Screenwriter Marti Noxon cannot escape vampires.
Having written for the Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV show, Noxon was pulled back into the vampire genre for the Craig Gillespie-directed remake of Fright Night and had the responsibility of differentiating the remake from the 1985 original. In a recent interview with Collider, Noxon explained her inspiration for the remake.
not too happy with the trailer >> Posted 05.16.11 by Ryan
I don’t know why, but I had a very strong feeling about this one. Maybe because I’d become obsessed with this idea of a vampire who appears mundane and working-class. Also, I had spent time in Las Vegas, in the suburbs, and had just been so impressed with what a good place that would be to be a vampire, ‘cause that’s how I think. That’s just how my brain works. I was like, "My god, this would be awesome, if you were a vampire ‘cause there’s are all these empty houses and people come and go."
Ready for some real vampires?
The first trailer and poster for Fright Night have been released and let's just say, the vampires in this movie don't sparkle. In case you don't know that Fright Night is a remake of the 1985 horror-comedy, here's the synopsis:
Senior Charlie Brewster (Anton Yelchin) finally has it all going on: he’s running with the popular crowd and dating the most coveted girl in his high school. In fact, he’s so cool he’s even dissing his best friend. But trouble arrives when Jerry (Colin Farrell) moves in next door. He seems like a great guy at first, but there’s something not quite right—but everyone, including Charlie’s mom (Toni Collette), doesn’t notice. After observing some very strange activity, Charlie comes to an unmistakable conclusion: Jerry is a vampire preying on the neighborhood. Unable to convince anyone, Charlie has to find a way to get rid of the monster himself in this Craig Gillespie-helmed revamp of the comedy-horror classic. watch the trailer >> Posted 05.13.11 by Chris