Vampires and teenagers – you just can’t keep ‘em apart these days, can you? Fortunately, Fright Night, a remake of the 1985 film and the latest addition to the teen-meets-monster genre appears to be completely devoid of unconsummated love and (fingers crossed) werewolves, instead favoring a twist on the time-tested “I’m pretty sure the next door neighbor is a psychopath” plot line.
Penned by former Buffy, the Vampire Slayer writer/producer Marti Noxon, the film stars Anton Yelchin (Star Trek’s Chekov) as a high school senior whose family is terrorized by their freakishly buff and veiny vampire neighbor, played by Colin Farrell (effectively marking his transition from leading man I can’t take seriously to menacing teen movie villain I can’t take seriously). Still, the trailer looks undeniably more entertaining than the original film and promises some good old fashioned showdowns and a strong supporting cast including David Tennant, Toni Collette, Imogen Poots, and Christopher “McLovin’” Mintz-Plasse. I only wish the new soundtrack included the J. Geils Band’s “Fright Night” (I dare you to show me a better music video based around a movie) because Kid Cudi’s sad-sack, self-hating-vampire anthem “No One Believes Me” doesn’t hold a candle to that shit.