seawasp (seawasp) wrote,

How can you even get a REMAKE totally wrong...?

They've done a remake of the 1980s classic teen horror flick "Fright Night". This one seems a no-brainer; vampires are popular once more, the ordinary guy versus something unspeakable is a hot sales item, etc.

So here's the blurb for the remake:

Senior Charlie Brewster (Anton Yelchin) finally has it all--he's running with the popular crowd and dating the hottest girl in high school. In fact, he's so cool he's even dissing his best friend Ed (Christopher Mintz-Plasse). But trouble arrives when an intriguing stranger Jerry (Colin Farrell) moves in next door.

How much is wrong with this? Well, aside from the key plot points -- that Charlie gets a new and dangerous neighbor -- pretty much all of it. Brewster wasn't one of the cool kids, he was a geek. That was, in fact, the point of the movie. He was a horror geek whose favorite thing to do was watch the late-night horror channel, hosted by Peter Vincent (a name obviously composed from Peter Lorre and Vincent Price, and played by Roddy McDowell). This saturation in vampire movies made him hypersensitive to the possibility, and when he sees something no one else does, he draws the unbelievable -- but correct -- conclusion that his neighbor is a vampire.

This blurb, and the poster, leads me to suspect they've made what was a horror-funny teen movie into an action fest. Which is stupid, because the self-referential humor and such were the things that made Fright Night stand out from the crowd.

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