'Fright Night" Press Conference with Colin Farrell

Yes "Fright Night" has been re-invented 25 years after the original was released, and Colin Farrell was here among his other cast mates Anton Yelchin, Christopher Mintz Plasse, Imogen Poots, and even Chris Sarandon who was the original Jerry Dandridge. Also present was writer Marti Noxon who has a history of vampire works and director Craig Gillespie who speaks about the differences and evolution the characters take in this "Twilight" universe we all live in today. And speaking of evolution, this remake has been done in 3D, yes you read it right...3D!

For those of you who have not seen the original "Fright Night" horror/comedy thriller, the story is about a young teen boy named Charlie Brewster who suspects that his new neighbor is a vampire. And of course the perfect person to play this bad boy vampire is none other than Hollywood's best bad boy Colin Farrell. He himself told the Comic Con crowd that he is trying to change this reputation by working his butt off in these recent years, first in "Horrible Bosses", "Fright Night" and also another remake of Arnold Schwarzenegger's "Total Recall." The change is due to reconnecting with what made him want to become an actor in the first place. He also explains that his success came too quickly and his decisions on and off camera were greatly effected.

During the press conference Farrell explained that he was quick to identify himself as a long time fan of the vampire movies in general, so naturally he had to have an opinion on the "Twilight" phenomenon. Comparing his "Fright Night" vampire to Robert Pattinson's Edward Cullen, Farrell says, "If it were a piece of meat, Jerry...and if it were for the love of a woman, I'm afraid Cullen would have me." Such a witty and unstaged statement from Colin that made the room fill with laughter. I would have loved to hear more about his experience in making the movie but we were told he had to leave for another appearance elsewhere, which I am guessing to promote "Total Recall" here at the Con as well. So before he makes his grand exit, he walks over to Chris Sarandon at the end of the table and plants a kiss on his head. Lots of "awwwws" filled the room as we shot many photos for this once in a lifetime moment, which by the way I did catch camera.

So because Chris Sarandon was there, he was in full support of this remake but didn't in the beginning. He says there was a certain amount of skepticism but the director Craig Gillespie and writer Marti Noxon figured out a way to make it contemporary and at the same time an 'am age' so that the fans of the original movie appreciate it and take it on a different kind of ride. Sarandon says, " I think that's what this movie does."

Marti Noxon confessed that she was not aware of how a classic "Fright Night" truly was. It's been 25 years since the original was released and the world has changed a lot. Kids live in a "Twilight" universe and there are new places to reinvent from the original. Noxon wanted to be respectful to the original but there were a lot of ways that the movie can explore the characters a little differently now. There was a challenge of staying true and reinvent the fun, horror and heart of the original movie. A question was asked, "why should we go out and see THIS movie???" Marti answers, "it's a rollercoaster horror and thrills, with bits of humor and fun!" Chris Sarandon jumps in and says, " with characters you can identify with." "Fright Night" hits theaters on August 9, 2011 so go out and enjoy yourself and watch it, it's just pure entertainment.

SYNOPSIS: Senior Charlie Brewster (Anton Yelchin) finally has it all. He's part of the in-crowd and dating the most wanted and beautiful girl (Imogen Poots) at his high school. In fact he is too cool to hang out with his best friend 'Evil' Ed Thompson (Christopher Mintz-Plasse). But trouble soon begins when Jerry Dandridge (Colin Farrell) moves in next door. He appears to be an awesome guy at first, but there is something not quite right about him. Everyone including his mom (Toni Collette) doesn't notice. After seeing some peculiar activity Charlie comes to an unmistakable conclusion. His new neighbor Jerry is indeed a vampire preying on his neighborhood. Charlie is unable to convince anyone of his suspicions but he is determined to find a way get rid of the monster himself.

Director: Craig Gillespie
Writer: Marti Noxon
Screenplay Writer of story & film: Tom Holland
Producers: Michael De Luca, Micahel J. Gaeta & Alison R. Rosenberg
Executive Producers: Ray Angelic, Josh Bratman, Lloyd Ivan Miller
Producer 3D Tech: Keith Melton

Colin Farrell: Jerry Dandridge
David Tennant: Peter Vincent
Anton Yelchin: Charlie Brewster
Christopher Mintz Plasse: "Evil" Ed Thompson
Imogen Poots: Amy Peterson
Toni Collette: Jane Brewster


  1. Wow I thought it looked good, but now. I am even more excited to see this! Thanks for a lot of great background stuff! Way cool!

  2. your welcome jason, im glad u liked the article. i guess my edumacation paid off huh? lol


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