Fright Night remake back on
It seems that the remake of Fright Night, the 1985 horror film which was a superb take on the whole vampire story, is to be remade after all. Originally we heard the rumour back in September of 2007 that the remake was under development, however in January of this year we heard that it was all over and the film was canned.
Not now. The news has arrived that the film is actually in development again and that DreamWorks has picked up the rights to remake it and that they have some heavy hitter producers behind it.
It looks like the plan is to develop the film to try and make a big budget horror that could return a rather strong box office earnings. The last couple of horror films haven't been particularly strong for the studio, The Uninvited and The Ruins didn't do as well as their successful horror remake The Ring, a film which grossed over ten times the amount of either film at some US $390 million.
The Hollywood Reporter has the story that DreamWorks are remaking the film, hopefully all live action too.
Fright Night is a superb film that pulls together horror and comedy superbly well and gets some great actors together with an excellent script. Tom Holland delivered a superb film which I still enjoyed watching when I saw it again just last year. It stars Chris Sarandon as a strange neighbour who moves in next door to Charley Brewster played by William Ragsdale. Charley is suspicious, he sees some strange things going on and before long believes that his neighbour is a vampire.
Both his best friend, "Evil" Ed played by Stephen Geoffreys, and his girlfriend Amy, played by Amanda Bearse, don't believe him, and neither does the man who he approaches hoping to help him kill the vampire, Peter Vincent played by the excellent Roddy McDowall, the late night horror showcase host whose film career has fallen behind him and has become a sad, embittered man. He's about to realise that everything he's been hiding behind on his horror show is in fact real, and the terror they are all about to face is far more terrifying than anything they've seen before.
It's a great film, full of fun moments, damn good scary ones, and Chris Sarandon playing a superb evil character. I loved it.
However I wonder if today's style of comedy is going to perpetrate through this film and make it a former shadow of itself? I really do hope not for it is a cracking film.