Fingers crossed... Fright Night remake is due to hit theatres soon
Hollywood is still out of ideas so there is yet another classic movie being remade; this time it is one of the greatest vampire flicks to ever warp my fragile little mind as a child... Fright Night! That's right kids, Peter Vincent, Jerry Dandrige and Charley Brewster are all coming back together (not really, it's an all new cast) for more night time vampire staking tomfoolery.
Most self-proclaimed, hardcore movie fans start whining instantly at the mere mention of a remake but I'm always hopeful that they will be just as good, if not better, than the originals (which is rare but has definitely happened... Rob Zombie's Halloween was awesome). Fright Night is no different for me; I can't wait to see it! Just the thought of seeing the movie again for the first time (is that possible?) takes me back to that mid 80's night when a simple late night viewing kept me awake longer than usual in antici... ... ...pation of my neighbor busting through my window at any second, chomping an apple and then making me the main course (not in a weird sexual way... that would be wrong... but in a murderous, rip you apart and eat your insides kind of way... which is perfectly ok).
However, I'd be lying if I said that I didn't get a twinge of fear that the remake may be completely ruined... not because it will simply won't compare to the original or because I just won't like it but because if it is no good, the chances of another (good) remake coming along are shot to hell. Good or bad, this remake means that there won't be another remake of Fright Night for another 20+ years (of course you could probably cut that in half with the way Hollywood is burning through the classics with remakes).
That said, I do fear this remake a bit after watching the trailer. I am afraid that they may have gone a little overboard with their attempts to bring it into the 21st century. Let's just skip right over the scene where Charley looks up "How to pick a lock" on his Internet ready smart phone and can instantly do it; I can get past that. The scene in the trailer that has me most worried (and I hope with my hopiest of hopes that the scene was just movie trailer trickery) is where we are given the impression that Dandrige is standing on a porch watching a car go by. My problem with that scene (if it is actually Dandrige) is that it is the middle of the day! Now, you might be saying to yourself, "That doesn't sound like such a big deal to me..." but let's define what that means for the rest of the movie.
First, I can only think of a few vampires that can survive the sunlight... one is nicknamed "Daywalker" so I will let that one slide because Blade is a bad ass... the others, however, sparkle in the sunlight and fart bubbles. If Jerry Dandrige becomes an Edward, I'll form an angry mob and hunt down Craig Gillespie... Frankenstein style.
Next, (as if the first reason wasn't enough) letting vampires walk around in the day takes away the safety of the sun! Vampires are supposed to be creatures of the night, not daytime Hot Topic patrons. If vampires walk around in the day time, how are you going to pull off that classic vampire plotting montage? You know the one I mean... the one where the heroes spend the entire day planning the simplest of plans: go in, find the coffin, say something witty like "you suck", stake the vampire, the end... we win. The plan is so simple in-fact that the heroes always wait until just before nightfall to go in... giving themselves the most limited amount of time possible to find said coffin and stake said beastie through the heart.
That's the rule people, "Day time... safe. Night time... watch out for monsters". Please don't break it if you intend to create a vampire book or movie!
Seriously though, all joking aside, I think this one has a great opportunity to be very entertaining. I can tell form the trailer alone though that it wont be as good as the original, but it does look like a very fun movie to me. I will definitely be watching it.