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Hell of Unwanted Remakes Part 1: Welcome To FRIGHT NIGHT...Again!

Merrick here...
In John Carpenter's BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA, we're told "the Chinese have many hells" - The Hell of Boiling Water, The Hell of Being Cut to Pieces, etc. Not being particularly well versed in either Chinese culture or mysticism, I submit to you that perhaps one of these hells is The Hell of Unwanted Remakes. And, dear readers, the unending torrent of rehashes and reinventions we've been experiencing suggests we may all have been consigned to this place for quite some time. The newest piece of evidence to support this theory? DreamWorks is developing a remake of Tom Holland's 1985 horror comedy FRIGHT NIGHT. FRIGHT NIGHT was one of my favorite films when it first came out. I remember seeing it multiple times with both friends and family. It's also a favorite of Merrick's Woman. Merrick's Woman is often disinterested and cynical in her perception of movies - "favorites" are rarities at best, making FRIGHT NIGHT pretty special 'round here. For some reason which (frankly) eludes me now, I was really, really hooked on this song from the movie. It's called "Armies of the Night" by Sparks.

Reagrding the redux:
the updated version will keep the comedy-horror tone while modernizing the effects.
...says THIS HOLLYWOOD REPORTER missive. No matter how hard they try, they'll never find a better Peter Vincent than Roddy McDowall...

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  • May 14, 2009, 11:24 a.m. CST


    by DJEagles11

  • May 14, 2009, 11:24 a.m. CST


    by chrth

    Remake idea: stupid. But who knows, maybe they'll get lucky. Aarrggh.

  • May 14, 2009, 11:25 a.m. CST

    Now that, that's out of the way...

    by DJEagles11

    "Fright Night" is one of my favorite movies from my childhood. Why the need to rape yet another fine 80's movie? Jesus Christ there is nothing sacred?

  • May 14, 2009, 11:26 a.m. CST

    I suspect the Roddy Mcdowall character will be played

    by jim

    by Malcolm McDowell, or John Cleese, or maybe Stephen Fry.

  • May 14, 2009, 11:27 a.m. CST

    I can't say that I disagree with you

    by crazay

    That song is awesome, Manson should cover it and the movie really doesn't need to be redone. It's a timeless movie that takes me back to my childhood.

  • May 14, 2009, 11:28 a.m. CST

    Roddy McDowall was so good in this

    by Rumpel Tumskin

    Hell, he was good in almost anything he did...even.. groan....Overboard!

  • May 14, 2009, 11:33 a.m. CST


    by just pillow talk

    Why not just pick the first movie that came out in the 80's and move forward from there and remake ALL the 1980's movies. <p>Perhaps this can turn out okay, but that's not the point. Is that not one original fucking idea left out there?

  • May 14, 2009, 11:34 a.m. CST

    Fuck you Hollywood


    Fuck you in your dumb little collective heads. In fact, I want to get some sort of device and then clone each studio head.<p>I shall "remake" you, just as you seem intent on remaking all of my favourite movies.

  • May 14, 2009, 11:35 a.m. CST

    It's being made for a "New Generation" - not us;)

    by BillyMayesHere

    ... I'm with you Merrick, but this will make money.... I LOVED THIS MOVIE.

  • May 14, 2009, 11:37 a.m. CST

    Roddy McDowall's part goes to Ice Cube

    by BillyMayesHere

    That's how lame Hollywood can be at times.

  • May 14, 2009, 11:42 a.m. CST

    I was just thinking

    by Fortunesfool

    that Fright Night should be remade and shot entirely in shaky-cam closes with ADD editing. All that was sadly lacking in the original

  • May 14, 2009, 11:50 a.m. CST

    This is only happening because "Twilight" hit big.

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    Vampires are hot with the kids again. Instead of trying to come up with a new idea, they'll just borrow one they already know works. The only good that can come out of this is if some cool kids end up discovering the original which they may never have bothered to watch if not for the remake. I'm still trying to talk my 12 year old niece into watching "The Lost Boys" but she just isn't interested in "that old movie."

  • May 14, 2009, 11:51 a.m. CST

    The makers will suffer slooowlllly

    by Jugdish


  • May 14, 2009, 11:55 a.m. CST

    William Shatner as Peter Vincent!

    by Dragon Man


  • May 14, 2009, 11:59 a.m. CST

    Fuck off you cunts!

    by Charlie & Tex

    ..and take your poxy remakes with you, ya wankers. Rant over - for now.

  • May 14, 2009, 12:16 p.m. CST

    the effects are being updated???

    by Stan Arthur

    Fright Night's effects kicked ASS. It's the thing I love the most about that film! Just when so many seem to be going BACK to practical, mechanical effects, this description smacks of low-grade CG. Bah!

  • May 14, 2009, 12:20 p.m. CST

    If they have it R rated with lots of sex, it might work.

    by alucardvsdracula


  • May 14, 2009, 12:21 p.m. CST

    Even better...

    by alucardvsdracula

    DON'T REMAKE THE FUCKER, FUCKERS. If it ain't fucking broke...

  • May 14, 2009, 12:24 p.m. CST

    Re: Armies of the Night...

    by alucardvsdracula

    I snuck this onto a Halloween CD compilation I made last year and everyone loved it. The original has many memories for those who survived the 80's.

  • May 14, 2009, 12:24 p.m. CST

    Wow, so trailers showed movie endings in the '80s too, huh?

    by FilmCritic3000

    Did Robert Zemeckis cut that trailer? Anyway, I wholeheartedly agree - good luck finding someone as good as Roddy McDowall to play Peter Vincent. Someone else said that, since this is lined up at DreamWorks, watch them cast Shia LeBouf as Charlie.

  • May 14, 2009, 12:27 p.m. CST


    by GavinVanDraven

    just STOP. many of these movies that are being "remade" could simply benefit from SLIGHT cgi tweaking... but they don't need to be remade, at all. leave the original effect there, just add a layer or two of cgi to areas of the practical effect and blend it seamlessly. enhance the effects, dont replace them! then re-release the original movie. there, i just saved you millions in budget!

  • May 14, 2009, 12:36 p.m. CST

    Martin Landau as Bela Lugosi as Peter Vincent

    by MCVamp

    "Nobody gives two fucks for Peter!"

  • May 14, 2009, 12:37 p.m. CST

    Predict the plot

    by donkey_lasher

    Mine is this: <p> Shia Lebouf suspects his next door neigbour is a vamp, and his two friends (who are comic book geeks) will believe him and get him to contact Peter Vincent (played by Harvey Keitel) who says he is a fraid. Cue many chase shots and deaths with the BIG TWIST being that Vincent really IS a Badass Vampire killer,

  • May 14, 2009, 12:38 p.m. CST

    He also claims he is a fraud..

    by donkey_lasher

    ..damn absence of an edit

  • May 14, 2009, 12:50 p.m. CST


    by MCVamp

    I'm going to go out on a limb and say Danny McBride as Peter Vincent. And not because I want this movie made in any way, but because it feels like something an empty Hollywood spoof remake would do. (Anthony Stewart Head would make far more sense, of course.)

  • May 14, 2009, 12:57 p.m. CST

    This isn't.....

    by DrMorbius

    ....your fathers "Fright Night"!!!

  • May 14, 2009, 1:09 p.m. CST

    His dinner is in the oven!!!

    by Amazing Maurice

    Loved the original.<p>Fuck this shyte

  • May 14, 2009, 1:12 p.m. CST

    'Modernize' the effects? What for?

    by Sick Fixx

    There haven't been good special effects since the 80's anyway!!! CGI ruined special effects! I hold Fright Night up to this day as an example of one of the few horror movies with realistic, horrific effects. The Billy Cole melting scene, Evil Ed's death scene, Amy with her Baraka-like face at the end, Jerry Dandridge in giant bat form. You can't 'better' the special effects in this movie. You can only ruin them.

  • May 14, 2009, 1:14 p.m. CST

    That odd little guy

    by tensticks

    Stephen Geoffreys. Who did gay porn. Oh wait, that was his identical twin older brother/cousin. Fraternity Vacation rules.

  • May 14, 2009, 1:17 p.m. CST

    I like this movie.. I like it

    by ThePilgrim

    But damn it's gay. I mean Brewsters forgoing his first sexual encounter with his long time girlfriend so he can spy on the 2 guys living next door? Darcy's Gay in real life. Ed's Gay in real Life. McDowell was Bi. Brewster, I think in real life he's straight. Not sure...<P> Nightmare on Elm Street 2 and this are wicked gay. <P> I'm more pissed about the crappy script for the Nightmare remake. They didn't even try to do something original, creative and new with the character.

  • May 14, 2009, 1:32 p.m. CST

    Ian McKellen

    by Sailor Rip

    for Peter Vincent. Or even better, just don't make the fucking thing.

  • May 14, 2009, 1:36 p.m. CST

    I love the original

    by ltgalloway

    Its just good fun.

  • May 14, 2009, 1:42 p.m. CST

    The original was light entertainment, at best.

    by LoneGun

    It's hard to believe that film has become some kind of "untouchable" cult favorite. But...whatever.

  • May 14, 2009, 1:44 p.m. CST

    John Noble

    by Toonol

    (Walter from Fringe) as Peter Vincent. It's perfect.

  • May 14, 2009, 1:46 p.m. CST

    My Wife pleasures herself to Sarandon in Fright Night

    by Stuntcock Mike

    That's fucked. However, I usually have my cock out whilst enjoying Nigella Bites. Also fucked.

  • May 14, 2009, 1:57 p.m. CST


    by alucardvsdracula

    I'd love to see your dirty mrs doing herself in such a naughty way. Feel free to upload video and be sure to let me know the url.

  • May 14, 2009, 2 p.m. CST

    Fright Night : The Tribe

    by corporategohan616

    This remake is one of many not needed... way to ruin gems of 80's horror yet again...

  • May 14, 2009, 2 p.m. CST

    Nightmarte on Elm Street 2....

    by Judge Briggs

    Is the gayest horror movie of all time. It's the perfect "coming out of the closet" movie for all gay teenage youth. Remember that scene in which the S&M gym teacher is spanked to death? SOOOOOOOOO GAY.

  • May 14, 2009, 2:01 p.m. CST

    Hey now..

    by corporategohan616

    Don't diss the Kuato! His butt spanking is memorable!

  • May 14, 2009, 2:02 p.m. CST

    At least it might get rid of the dull emo vampires.

    by Mr Nicholas

  • May 14, 2009, 2:03 p.m. CST

    MODERNIZE the EFFECTS? Oh, you mean CGI, right?

    by uberman

    Cause everybody knows CGI is 100x better than traditional effects. The effects in the original were...GREAT! So, time to dum em down with some good ol' video game CGI.

  • May 14, 2009, 2:07 p.m. CST

    If DreamWorks is on this then it's a go -

    by Yeti

    I thought it was a great movie - my friend and I freaked ourselves out at night walking home afterwards (the suburbs are terror enducing to begin with - soccor moms)

  • like...bring sean connery out of retirement.

  • May 14, 2009, 2:24 p.m. CST

    These remakes are for the kiddies

    by Beezbo

    I can't believe anyone else goes to or even rents this crap.

  • May 14, 2009, 2:30 p.m. CST

    This movie was already remade......

    by theycallmemrtibbs


  • May 14, 2009, 2:33 p.m. CST

    eh nightmare 2 was still scary, i really don't really notice the


    when i watch it. clownhouse, now there's a gay movie.

  • May 14, 2009, 2:36 p.m. CST

    YES! Great Idea!

    by Continentalop

    I love this idea! I think every movie should be remade because old movies just are, like, old, you know? And since I only follow movies made in the last two or three years I don't know who any of these actors are anymore (Roddy Who? Doesn't ring a bell). <p> In fact, I say we remake the Godfather. Good for its time, but now just so dated. But the name recognition will definitely draw them into the theaters. I say cast John Travolta as the Don Corleone, and Shia Lebeouf as Michael.

  • May 14, 2009, 2:41 p.m. CST

    The original Fright Night sequel

    by Continentalop

    Now that I could see being remade. I always thought they blew that sequel - everyone knows the villain should have been Evil Ed! <p> Talk about a great follow up: Charley, Peter and Amy have to stop Evil Ed, who might not be as powerful Sarandon but he has one thing he doesn't - a shit load of other vampires because unlike Sarandon who didn't want the competition, Evil Ed is a lonely boy and is making a bunch of other kids his vampire buddies. We could have seen Peter Vincent, Vampire Hunter, taking out a dozen vampires in as many different ways as you could of thought of (tanning booth anyone?)

  • May 14, 2009, 2:45 p.m. CST

    Fuck you Dreamworks

    by kershner

    I hope this will bomb at the box office

  • May 14, 2009, 2:48 p.m. CST


    by Stuntcock Mike

    Dude, you'd hate it. The soundtrack is that gay "Come to Me" song from the dancing scene. Instant deflate.

  • May 14, 2009, 2:49 p.m. CST

    I agree with Judge Briggs......

    by theycallmemrtibbs

    Nightmare on Elm street 2, was queer as folks- NOT THAT THERE IS ANYTHING WRONG WITH IT!

  • May 14, 2009, 3:07 p.m. CST

    such a fucking great movie ... why fuck with it

    by JeanLuc Dickhard

    god damn i hate remakes ............

  • May 14, 2009, 3:16 p.m. CST


    by HerbWestAustin

    Horrible. everyone needs to boycott this. God I hate hollywood, so unoriginal.

  • May 14, 2009, 3:34 p.m. CST

    If you people are sick of these remakes

    by Darkartist

    Stop giving the studios money to fund this dreck. Don't watch any remake, whether it looks marginally entertaining or not, and encourage friends and family to stop doing it too. Don't rent them at Netflix or Blockbuster or anywhere. If you're in the mood for something awful and have to watch Fright Night remixed, then steal it online, lest you give some jerkoff producer cause to believe the public is interested in making a younger, hipper Cliffhanger reboot. Nothing says Stop! louder than diminishing returns. Treat these remakes like the entire world treated Watchmen and I promised they will go away.

  • May 14, 2009, 3:39 p.m. CST

    Just make it gay already!

    by skimn

    In honor of Amanda Bearce, have the mysterious neighbor be a lesbian vampire, who makes the moves on Charley's virginal girlfriend. It's like a suburban remake of '60s Hammer. There. Movie done.

  • May 14, 2009, 3:45 p.m. CST

    Does this mean we'll see a NightBreed sequal soon?

    by DOGSOUP


  • May 14, 2009, 4:04 p.m. CST

    This isn't some holy title, but...

    by Arteska

    ...they are actively killing their own business by making virtually everything they want to produce now utterly disposable and recycled time and time again in ever shorter windows. Who gets money for being this terrible at their jobs? Especially these days. Wretch.

  • May 14, 2009, 4:09 p.m. CST

    Are you seriously acting outraged at this?

    by Glory_Fades_ImMaxFischer

    Serioulsy..everyone on this talkback acting outraged over a Fright Night sequel is either A.) Full of shit and doing it to act cool and knowledgable or B.) Gay for Roddy Mcdowell..or the dyke from Married with Children...I'm curious about this one.

  • May 14, 2009, 4:12 p.m. CST

    Armies of the Night

    by TedKordLives

    Great song! In fact, this movie has a great soundtrack AND score. And William Ragsdale is from El Dorado, Arkansas. As an AR native I gotta say, "Is William Ragsdale really the biggest movie star to come out of Arkansas?" <P> "Or would that be Mary Steenbergen?"

  • May 14, 2009, 4:14 p.m. CST

    Hollywood is in the toilet

    by kwisatzhaderach

  • May 14, 2009, 4:15 p.m. CST

    FUCK PG-13!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by Brannagins Law

    Rape it back to a bloody disturbing place from which it came! Have you ever gone to a horror movie with a bunch of screaming and giggling 13 year olds sitting right behind you? I will not see them in the theater anymore! And fuck you Sam Rami for not making a proper "R" horror movie out of Drag Me to Hell. It should be called "Drag My Big Kiddie Going Money Making Movie to the Fucking Bank Laughing!" I got to see Fright Night with the entire cast and Mr. Holland and cast hung their heads at the mention of the remake.

  • May 14, 2009, 4:24 p.m. CST

    Ian McKellen should be Peter Vincent.

    by Orbots Commander

    It would add a touch of class to an otherwise likely forgettable remake.

  • May 14, 2009, 4:34 p.m. CST

    CGI vs Practical effects...

    by pdennett316

    I always wonder just how good practical effects could be nowadays if every asshole didn't immediately turn to CG for every little thing. Stuff like the Thing, Fright Night and AWIL were done on relatively tiny budgets and the effects are still damn impressive today. 20-odd years down the line we should have some ASTOUNDING practical effects to enjoy instead of ropey old CG, but no, Hollywood took it too far. Assholes.

  • May 14, 2009, 4:35 p.m. CST

    There's Still Time...

    by DeeJay

    ... to make this a near stand-alone sequel instead of a remake. It would likely generate more interest in the original 2 movies, and could add some of the original audience to the viewing audience. We've already discussed this here at AICN, with the notion that whatever story would be wrapped around Charlie Brewster as a parent and supporting character, with his son or daughter as the movie's primary character. Of course, I don't have the financial data to support the idea that doing so would be more "profitable," but I don't think the execs are controlling for the possibility of the genre audience being tired of remakes and reboots by the time this project reaches the screen...

  • May 14, 2009, 4:39 p.m. CST

    Have to say-

    by TedKordLives

    I'd totally watch a FN remake with Shia LeDouche and Danny McBride. <P> But only if McLovin played Evil Ed.

  • May 14, 2009, 4:39 p.m. CST

    Star Trek

    by zombie_buffet

    Is the recent Star Trek reboot part of this "hell"? Both fans and critics (it's currently the highest rated movie of the year on Metacritic) seem to like it. Are movies like "Fright Night" and "Cliffhanger" really considered untouchable classics? If so, you might want to raise your standards...

  • May 14, 2009, 4:41 p.m. CST

    Dear DeeJay

    by Brannagins Law

    The execs want Twilight money. That means a watered-down camp version of the original at best. I'm sure it will veer off the original story. You are setting yourself up for serious disappointment being so hopeful that they actually care about the original on the other end.

  • May 14, 2009, 4:49 p.m. CST


    by WilliamZabkaRox

    Fright Night is one of the best movies from the 80's. There is no need to remake this. It's not like horror remakes bring in buttloads of money. They have big openings and then drop off in week 2. Most pick up the most steam on dvd but before you know it are $5 at Wal-Mart. Fright Night is a 80's classic. No need to remake this. How about remaking the sequel? How about just making a 3rd movie? Leave the originals alone.

  • May 14, 2009, 4:53 p.m. CST

    Ok, here's a plate of shrimp.

    by TedKordLives

    As I hit return on that last post, my roommate/co-worker walks in to my 'office'/loading dock and says, appropos of nothing, "I am McLovin." OUT. OF. NOWHERE. Crazy. <P> But still, McLovin as Evil Ed? C'mon, that's pretty good, right?

  • May 14, 2009, 4:54 p.m. CST



    This is just another bad idea in a long history of bad ideas. C'mon Hollywood-act like you've got a pair and do something ORIGINAL for a change...or at least stop remaking movies that don't need to be remade.

  • May 14, 2009, 4:58 p.m. CST

    Although the guy is getting pretty grizzled

    by skimn

    looking, I've always liked to see David Warner..<p>Oh, and fuck this remake. Yes, this isn't a "classic", but it was a fun, scary flick for the time. And the cast played it just right, across the board. BTW, why does this get all the love and Vamp (with Grace Jones, design inspired by '80s art icon Keith Haring) gets nuttin'?

  • May 14, 2009, 5 p.m. CST

    Peter Vincent

    by Knox

    It would be hard to find someone with the presence to fill this role. It should be played by a horror icon, and sadly, most of them have passed on. I could see Christopher Lee owning the role.

  • May 14, 2009, 5:03 p.m. CST

    I see your Fright Night reboot and raise you Wuthering Heights..

    by PennsyDeux

    With Gossip Girl's ED FUCKING WESTWICK in the Lawrence Olivier role. I fuck you not:

  • May 14, 2009, 5:08 p.m. CST

    Fuckin a skimn!

    by TedKordLives

    David Warner has always been one of my genre faves. I loved his cameo in Scream 2, one of my favorite scenes in the film. Shit, where's he been? I fear 'Money Talks' may have killed his desire to act forever. <P> Side note-The TV station Charlie Sheen works at in Money Talks is KJLA!

  • May 14, 2009, 5:21 p.m. CST

    Re: David Warner

    by skimn

    was just in PBS' Mystery "Wallander" with Kenneth Branaugh this past Sunday...I don't know if he is in follow up epipsodes.

  • May 14, 2009, 5:32 p.m. CST


    by spud mcspud

    Is it wrong that I think Mary Steenburgen is as hot as fuck? I think WHAT'S EATING GILBERT GRAPE did that for me. The older-woman-who-awakens-you-sexually of choice for me...

  • May 14, 2009, 5:36 p.m. CST


    by spud mcspud

    Go back to making fucking Dreck sequels and stop bothering my childhood with your perverted ideas. Fucking childhood rapists.<P> This generation wouldn't get FRIGHT NIGHT anyway, because those ADD fuckers wouldn't appreciate the Gothic grandeur of the Hammer era, so fuck them in their attention-span-deprived heavily coiffured and celebrity-obssessed craniums. The only way I'd watch this remake is if we got to see Shia LeBouef as Evil Ed, getting fucked to death by a werewolf. Slowly. OH SO SLOOOOOOOOOWLLLLYYY!!!!!

  • May 14, 2009, 5:44 p.m. CST


    by loafroaster

  • May 14, 2009, 5:48 p.m. CST

    Im surprised no ones mentioned Bruce Campbell

    by Alfred_Packer

    A little too young I suppose, but I think he could pull off Peter Vincent nicely...

  • May 14, 2009, 5:53 p.m. CST

    Alice Cooper

    by Apple Octopus

    Alice plays a late night horror host in the remake, but he won't be named Peter Vincent. (Okay, sounds good to me!)

  • May 14, 2009, 6:02 p.m. CST

    Hell Yes

    by genesis495

    Bruce Campbell seconded

  • May 14, 2009, 6:04 p.m. CST

    Re: William Shatner as Peter Vincent

    by careyleefisher

    That sounds just crazy enough to work! Like your casting suggestion, DragonMan. However, I also think that Sailor Rip has the right idea in not remaking "Fright Night" in the first place.

  • May 14, 2009, 6:20 p.m. CST

    Joe Bob Briggs as Himself as the Peter Vincent character

    by TylerDurden3395

    Kid watches MonsterVision. It gets canceled. Kid hires Joe Bob to slay the vampires. Stake Fu. Baseball Bat Fu. Holy Water Fu. Sunlight Fu. My friends, that. Would. Be. Awesome.

  • May 14, 2009, 6:21 p.m. CST


    by frank cotton

  • May 14, 2009, 6:29 p.m. CST

    I need not say much.

    by Roketopunch

    I don't need to read the talkback posts for I can sense a very sobbing and collective face palm. I will never see this. I have banned giving Hollywood any money concerning remakes. Banned!

  • May 14, 2009, 6:30 p.m. CST

    really sad

    by The Duke of New York

    the original worked almost by accident. AND the last 40 mins is easily one of the best horror movies I have ever seen. good luck trying to re-create that.

  • May 14, 2009, 6:30 p.m. CST


    by SunTzu77

    Let's remake films that deserve to be remade... for instance, Star Wars Ep I,II,III.

  • May 14, 2009, 6:35 p.m. CST

    Someone mentioned a stand-alone sequel

    by Continentalop

    May I second that motion. <p> Hell, it actually could be a pretty good plot: Charlie Brewster is a 40-year-old man with a wife and kids, who finds himself having to face an evil from his past: Evil Ed, who is going after Brewster's kids. And the only one that can help is a retired, hammy ex-horror star now suffering from Alzheimer's. <p> And you don't even have to cast the same people. If they can make a prequel of an iconic show like Star Trek with an new cast, you can do a sequel of a cult classic with new actors as well (hell, they recast Katie Holmes part in a big blockbuster like the Batman franchise).

  • May 14, 2009, 6:43 p.m. CST

    Even better for the sequel

    by Sick Fixx

    Charlie is now the host of a weekend horror show, and a young man comes looking to HIM for help to slay a vampire, who turns out to be his old friend, Evil Ed.

  • May 14, 2009, 6:46 p.m. CST

    Dreamworks is remaking this

    by thound007

    But yet acquires the rights and then buries an actual honest to goodness original film such as Paranormal Activity? Dreamworks is like the Studio Nazi. "No Originality for you!" Speaking of by the way... when the FUCK is Warner Bros going to let Trick-r-Treat see the light of fucking day? After Saw 36?

  • May 14, 2009, 6:51 p.m. CST

    Last time I read....

    by SunTzu77

    the Weinsteins are remaking The Seven Samurai. What's next? Are they going to remake Lawrence of Arabia? If they do I'm thinking Johnny Depp and Ed Zwick or Ridley Scott. The studios are probably calling Morocco right now for filming locations. LOL

  • May 14, 2009, 6:53 p.m. CST


    by Demon Disco

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    by Demon Disco

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    by Demon Disco

  • May 14, 2009, 6:59 p.m. CST

    I see it already...

    by SunTzu77

    Peter Vincent - John Cleese, Will Ferrell, or an aged Jack Black; Charley - Michael Cera; Amy - Ellen Page

  • May 14, 2009, 7:01 p.m. CST

    Fright Night Part 3

    by Demon Disco

    Er, dunno what happened above there, cats and kittens. Was gonna say that my buddy and I wrote a Part 3 spec script that was bought back in the 90's when Roddy was still alive (bless 'im) that had Part 3 take place at a hotel during a 'Fright Night' fan convention like, say, a Fango-style Horror Con, with Peter and Charlie guests of honour when - guess what! - the vamps attack. It was our Gremlins 2 of the Fright Night movies with lots of in-jokes and genre cameos but, alas, it was stuck in development hell for an eternity and it was game over when poor ol' Rod bit the big one. And, yes, it's all true. The closest I ever got to a script of mine seeing the light of day. Oh, apart from sequels to Universal Soldier and Predator. But they are different stories...

  • May 14, 2009, 7:12 p.m. CST

    FUCK IT...

    by theycallmemrtibbs

    REMAKE---- LEGEND starring Shia lebouff (I hope I misspelled his name) THE DARK CRYSTAL Starring 50 CENT & Paris Hilton TOP GUN starring Will Smith HIGHLANDER starring Hugh JackmaN BACK TO THE FUTURE starring Will Smith Again!- I mean thats whats it about ---money right? Nothing original just remake movies from now on and put modern day actors (or cant act for shit) in the roles

  • May 14, 2009, 7:20 p.m. CST

    i think i will also

    by frank cotton

    boycott all remakes. period

  • May 14, 2009, 7:25 p.m. CST

    remake The Godfather!!!

    by johnnyangelheart

    with Zac Efron as Michael Corleone, Jack Black as Sonny Corleone, and William Shatner as Don Corleone!!! Pure gold. Oscars all around.

  • May 14, 2009, 7:26 p.m. CST


    by TedKordLives

    Fuck yeah Bruce Campbell for Peter Vincent! Bruce, Shia, and McLovin. Oh, and Audrana Partridge or whatever her fucking name is. In every single picture I've ever seen of her she has the EXACT same smile and look on her face, and I want to see if that translates when she's in motion.

  • May 14, 2009, 7:29 p.m. CST

    second the boycott...

    by Brannagins Law

    as long as we include foreign remakes. You know they're already working on an American version of Let the Right One In.... fucking Hollywood.

  • May 14, 2009, 7:29 p.m. CST

    I, uh,

    by TedKordLives

    I read the gossip mags at work each week. Just looking at the hot chicks, honestly. <P> But seriously, that'd be my cast if I were making this movie.

  • May 14, 2009, 7:32 p.m. CST

    if Chad Brannon was younger...

    by Brannagins Law

    he'd be the best Charlie.

  • May 14, 2009, 7:53 p.m. CST

    Brannagins Law

    by thound007

    "You know they're already working on an American version of Let the Right One In"<p> I hear ya! I think they're renaming it "Get the 13 year olds into the multiplexes"

  • May 14, 2009, 8:25 p.m. CST

    On a postive I heard...

    by Brannagins Law

    Micheal Dougherty's "Trick 'R Treat" is coming to bluray this October. I haven't been able to confirm it yet though. Does anyone know anything about this? I'd much rather see it again on the big screen, but at this point I'll take it on my home screen. By far the best horror movie in many years!

  • May 14, 2009, 8:32 p.m. CST

    Nevermind found it here...

    by Brannagins Law

    It says coming to Bluray in October at the end of this revised trailer. Can't wait!

  • May 14, 2009, 8:43 p.m. CST

    Let the Right One In - SPOILER WARNING!!!!

    by johnnyangelheart

    The Hollywood version will turn it into a love story with a happy ending. Boy gets Vampyre, boy loses Vampyre, boy gets Vampyre. It would have been nice if the original version had made it more clear that the little vampire was a boy, 'cause I totally missed that when I was watching the movie.

  • "You have to have faith...for that to work...Mister Vincent!" <br><br> But McLovin as Evil Ed? So help me God, I'd actually see this if that were to happen.

  • May 14, 2009, 8:51 p.m. CST

    ...fine delivery of the following...

    by Darkman

    (Title limits suck.)

  • May 14, 2009, 9:04 p.m. CST

    Is This a "Remake"...

    by DeeJay

    ...due to Sony still owning rights to the original 2 movies? Would there be concerns with the project being viewed as plagiarizing the originals? If so, I honestly think they should get the "Spiderman" lawyers in the mix, here. Just work out an agreement to tie the stories of all 3 movies together. Doing so might actually give Dreamworks the opportunity to stretch this series into a 4th and 5th installment. The ideas of vampires have "familiars," family vendettas and daytime jobs (as psychotherapists) give this project a pretty large playground to work with.

  • May 14, 2009, 9:06 p.m. CST

    Brannagins Law...

    by DeeJay

    ... you may be right.

  • May 14, 2009, 9:11 p.m. CST

    How Will This Work?

    by The Dreaded Rear Admiral

    Peter Vincent was the host of a low-budget late-night horror movie show, like Count Floyd. They don't even HAVE those anymore! How will they update this? There's no place for local TV hosts anymore! Tis a pity!

  • May 14, 2009, 9:15 p.m. CST

    Dreaded Admiral...

    by DeeJay

    ... they could make the character a webmaster for a horror film website, but this would still be so different from the original that advancing the story continues to make more sense than running with a sequel...

  • May 14, 2009, 9:17 p.m. CST


    by grendel69

    When will this remake bullshit end??!?!?!?!??!

  • May 14, 2009, 9:41 p.m. CST

    why was there a writer's strike again?

    by xenaman

    because there is not ONE original idea I have seen in a long time

  • May 14, 2009, 10:12 p.m. CST

    This was Rated R?!

    by slicer

    For what?! This would easily get a pg-13 rating today.

  • May 14, 2009, 10:16 p.m. CST

    Gay Porn Star!

    by slicer

    The guy who played Evil in this turned into a Gay porn star. Not sure if that's what he's still doing now. Can't seem to watch it quite the same way now knowing this!

  • May 15, 2009, 12:27 a.m. CST

    hollywood is bankrupt

    by bacci40

    morally and intellectually<P> anyone know offhand how many remakes were made from the 70s through the end of the century?<P> im sure it wasnt that many

  • May 15, 2009, 12:57 a.m. CST

    There is just no way

    by Deus X Meshuga

    They could ever improve on Amy's scary-ass vampire face in the original. That came out of absolutely nowhere and made me jump a fucking mile out of my seat when I first saw it in the show back in the day. Have another slice of triple layer fudge fail cake Hollywood.

  • May 15, 2009, 2:38 a.m. CST

    If the Gay sub-plot of Fright Night became, say, Lesbian?

    by alucardvsdracula

    But not in a shitty Lesbian Vampire Killers way. I might consider it. Actually while I think about it, I always thought Lost Boys 2 missed a golden opportunity (not the gay thing, although the film is pretty ghey) by having the sequel as Lost Girls. Think about it a young troubled teenage girl is let-in to a covern of cool vampire chicks (and we know what vampire chicks are like, yep, pussy hungry). So what have we learnt? A Fright Night remake (if PG13 will suck). A Fright Night remake(as a HARD FUCKING R rating with lots of VAMPIRE DYKES SUCKING EACH OTHERS TITITES AND VAGI'S will rule!). Note to self: Must clean up sticky stuff from keyboard.

  • May 15, 2009, 3:09 a.m. CST

    Chris Sarandon

    by deanbarry

    To play Peter Vincent.

  • May 15, 2009, 3:29 a.m. CST

    Anybody got a time machine?

    by jinste

    Coz if so, please go back in time to the 1950's and get the only actor who could play Peter Vincent,and play him even better than Roddy Mcdowall-ladies and gentlepeeps,I give you-Vincent Price !!!!!

  • May 15, 2009, 3:36 a.m. CST

    wanna bet the special effects...

    by The Amazing G

    will be better in the original?

  • May 15, 2009, 3:45 a.m. CST

    Let the Right One In...

    by SunTzu77

    That title has always sounded like a sex ed video.

  • May 15, 2009, 3:58 a.m. CST

    the only way to save the Hollywood vampire genre

    by The Amazing G

    is to make an NC-17 live action Hellsing movie, Nazi Vampires slaughtering all of London included

  • May 15, 2009, 4:34 a.m. CST

    Needless Remake...yet again.

    by Monkey_King

    When will numbnuts who work there and produce films...wise up and start making "original" films instead of the continuing trend of mining older film properties for material, re-making these films and tarnishing the fond memories of said films? Why don't they remake a crappy film and make it un-crappy? ISHTAR or TWILIGHT come to mind.

  • May 15, 2009, 6:06 a.m. CST


    by XPussyGaloreX


  • May 15, 2009, 6:07 a.m. CST

    IT's a sin

    by XPussyGaloreX

    like remaing the monster squad. Some movies could only have come from the 80s. Stop raping my childhood damn it!

  • May 15, 2009, 6:16 a.m. CST

    The SyFylis channel already

    by Dingbatty

    ripped off 'Fright Night' last year in 'Never Cry Werewolf' with Kevin Sorbo.

  • May 15, 2009, 6:41 a.m. CST

    AMY! KILL THEM....

    by classyfredblassy


  • May 15, 2009, 6:42 a.m. CST


    by classyfredblassy

    Dinner is the oven!

  • May 15, 2009, 6:44 a.m. CST

    Jason Biggs for tje role of Charlie

    by classyfredblassy

    Christian Slayter as the vampire. Tara Ried as the coke whore.

  • May 15, 2009, 7:34 a.m. CST

    Michael Cira for Evil Ed!

    by Yeti

    MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM! His dinner is in.. the OVEN!!!!

  • May 15, 2009, 7:48 a.m. CST

    Twilight had shit to do with vampires

    by Larry Sellers

    "Look at me! I'm disgusting!!!!" *diamond chest* What's going on here? Fright Night was excellent and I didn't see it for over a decade after it was made. Good, fun movie with traditional monster effects. Have ANY Hollywood execs acknowledged the adaptation/remake/reboot/sequel influx of the last decade? Have they? Because they need to at least be self-aware of the creative efforts being passed on in favor of making a quick buck. Fuckers.

  • May 15, 2009, 8:16 a.m. CST

    Larry Sellers...

    by DeeJay

    ... you've hit the nail on the head, fellow poster. At some point, a perception regarding "remakes" and the like could completely annihilate the economic models that currently support pursuing such projects. While the first cluser of remakes (each with significant budgets) that fail badly will come as no surprise to you or I, it will be a complete "black swan" to many of those execs who're already sitting on projects that would put a plethora of butts in seats. We could be wrong, but doesn't *every* trend either run its course or run in cycles?

  • May 15, 2009, 8:37 a.m. CST

    Agree with skimn

    by thegreatwhatzit

    David Warner definitely qualifies for the role of the TV host. Dramatic convictions notwthstanding, Warner kindles tongue in cheek panache (even in mediocre films like WAXWORK and NIGHTWING). You gotta love his bad guys (sample TRON, TIME BANDITS and his Jack the Ripper in TIME AFTER TIME). Besides, his track record includes a legion of horror movies (THE OMEN, FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE, et al). Criminally underrated.

  • May 15, 2009, 9:07 a.m. CST

    To hell with Fright Night.....

    by thelordofhell

    Herman's Head: The Movie

  • May 15, 2009, 9:20 a.m. CST

    For your consideration: More remake ideas

    by TheBloop

    80 horror movies that need to be remade: Deadly Spawn The Stuff The final terror Curtains Humongus

  • May 15, 2009, 9:36 a.m. CST

    A great date movie for the modern horror crowd...

    by SouthSide_2010

    That's all it was. But at the same time you cannot alienate the core fan base that LOVED the original to pieces. Keep it R-rated and thrown in a cameo from Amanda Bearse as "Charlie's Mom". Oh yeah, and get some wildly hysterical newcomer to play evil in this one. Not TOO on point, but someone who knows the character of evil that has his cackling laugh and scary overtones of "THE MASTER WILL KILL YOU FOR THIS!!". That's all we as movie fans ask.

  • May 15, 2009, 11:10 a.m. CST

    .....OR go the route of

    by skimn

    Joe Flaherty playing Count Floyd hosting the late night Horrorfest..."Oooooh scary kids..."<p>Then, of course, off stage having a smoke," Yeah kid, what tha fuck ya want?"

  • May 15, 2009, 12:01 p.m. CST

    Count Floyd rules

    by classyfredblassy

    I love the SCTV where he talked up some scary movie they were going to show, that won the 1957 "Fright award". Then a crew remember told the film didn't show up, and the only film they had ready to show starred the Rat Pack. "ooh frank sinatra, just standing there, oooh scary kids"

  • May 15, 2009, 2:41 p.m. CST


    by Mullah Omar

    Chris Sarandon is excellent at playing the asshole villain. The performance he gives in FRIGHT NIGHT is probably my favorite from him. I can think of nobody today who could play that role better than he already did. <br> <br> Also, good luck finding an actor who can top the guy who played Evil Ed for pure manic craziness.

  • May 15, 2009, 3:46 p.m. CST


    by TedKordLives

    The Stuff doesn't ever need to be remade. It's fucking perfect as is. Michael Moriarty fucking rules as hick Industrial Saboteur Mo Rutherford. "See that hole? It's getting bigger and bigger id'n it? So you better eat that or you're gonna eat this." <P> "No one is as dumb as I appear to be." <P> "Ya'll got any of THE STUFF?" <P> I could go on and on about that movie. Can't get enough of the Stuff!

  • May 15, 2009, 3:47 p.m. CST

    McLovin=Evil Ed

    by TedKordLives

    Search your scrotums, you know this to be true.

  • May 15, 2009, 6:51 p.m. CST

    The studios should get together and pick a year and remake the w

    by Margot Tenenbaum

    Remake the entire film slate of 1983 and release them on their original dates. Some could be re-imaginings, some could be the original cast redoing it over (Return of the Jedi, with old people), etc. If everything's going to be a remake from now on, get conceptual so us viewers don't get bored seeing the same movies over and over and over and over, but this time with Ryan Reynolds.

  • May 15, 2009, 6:52 p.m. CST

    ...hole year

    by Margot Tenenbaum


  • May 15, 2009, 7:32 p.m. CST


    by Larry Sellers

    I have a feeling this is just the middle of the cycle of remakes, etc. before the next overhaul of Hollywood innovation. If they're not already in theatres they're in production or being plucked from the collective unconscious. The worst part of this dearth of creativity (or at the very least some self-awareness of it) is that movies like Fright Night aren't meant to give the old films an "update". It's simply an excuse to not have to write an entirely new script with entirely new ideas. It's a lack of motivation on the industry's part to challenge themselves. It's insulting to anyone who can see that they're kind of pulling the same shit Dannon does with their yogurt containers with that huge dent in the bottom that cheats the consumer out of three spoonfuls of sweet deliciousness.

  • May 16, 2009, 1:04 a.m. CST

    The Stuff!

    by The Amazing G

    wow what a coyinkydink! I just watched that movie recently and thought it was pretty awesome, God Told Me To was a major disappointment however

  • May 16, 2009, 1:14 a.m. CST

    I am well versed in Chinese culture...

    by Seph_J

    ...well.. I like rice and the noodle. <p> And yes folks... thats about all there is in China which can be called culture. <p> As for mysticism... well... I refer you to 'My Name Is Bruce'. There is more real information about Chinese EVERYTHING in that movie, than 99.9% of REAL Chinese people know. <p> Not to slag the film off at all.... far from it. Ted RAIMI IS more Chinese than most Chinese people. Isn't that sad.

  • May 16, 2009, 1:15 a.m. CST

    and by the way...

    by Seph_J

    ...Fright Night is an awesome movie. Check out 'Come With Me' too... thats another good track from the movie. Roddy McDowall IS Peter Vincent.

  • May 16, 2009, 4:19 a.m. CST

    Nooooooooooooooooooo in gay vader voice

    by Broseph

  • May 17, 2009, 8:40 p.m. CST


    by Bjornegar

    We'll find out what kind of teenager Peter Vincent was and why he became a vampire hunter!<P>My guess is angsty.<P> Bale would be perfect!!<P>Hollywood, fuck right off.

  • May 24, 2009, 7:46 p.m. CST

    are we surprised really??

    by simondark

    seriously...the heads will remake anything.This particular remake is about as usefull as an extra taint,but hey what the fuck,h-wood needs the cash.