Shock Gets a 3D Preview of Fright Night

ON’s horror arm previewed 20 minutes of footage from Fright Night in Santa Monica, California and got a chance to talk to director Craig Gillespie and Colin Farrell about the August 19 release. Here’s a tease…

Out of the ’80s, many horror-comedies were born. An American Werewolf in London. Evil Dead II. Return of the Living Dead. One you could set proudly alongside those classics: Tom Holland’s 1985 film Fright Night. In it, young Charley Brewster must draw on his reserve of vampire knowledge – culled mostly from his high school chum “Evil” Ed and watching horror films – to take on a bloodsucker, Jerry Dandrige, who has moved in next door.

Like most genre pictures from that era, it has been remade for a new generation and on August 19 Fright Night hits theaters introducing a new Brewster, Evil Ed and Dandrige under the direction of Craig Gillespie, who is making a decided tonal turn in his career after helming Lars and the Real Girl. Anton Yelchin leads the cast as Charley (formerly played by William Ragsdale) and Colin Farrell slips into the shoes of the handsome vamp Dandrige (played in Holland’s film by Chris Sarandon). Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Imogen Poots and Toni Collette round out the cast as Evil Ed, Amy (Charley’s main squeeze) and Charley’s mom, respectively.

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