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MAD MEN Staffer Marti Noxon To Write DreamWorks' FRIGHT NIGHT Remake!

Beaks here...

This is why I'm glad the seemingly inevitable FRIGHT NIGHT remake is set up at DreamWorks instead of Screen Gems: at the latter, it would get farmed out to the uninspired, paycheck-cashing likes of Nelson McCormick and J.S. Cardone; at the former (particularly under the guidance of genre-respecting producer Michael De Luca), there will at least be an initial attempt to do right by the underrated original - in which a young man's passage into adulthood is rudely interrupted when he realizes a vampire (in the ultra-suave form of Chris Sarandon) has moved in next door. According to The Hollywood Reporter, MAD MEN writer-producer Marti Noxon has been brought in to take a crack at updating Tom Holland's 1985 horror classic. Why a MAD MEN writer? I'm glad I'm acting like you asked. Before earning a WGA Award for her contributions to Season Two of Matthew Weiner's brilliant show, Noxon served as a writer-producer on Joss Whedon's BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER. I don't know if she was one of the top talents on that much-respected staff (Herc?), but I do know that she took a "written by" credit on my second favorite episode of MAD MEN this season ("The Gypsy and the Hobo"). Sure beats the shit out of THE FORSAKEN. There's no director attached to FRIGHT NIGHT yet, so don't get too excited. But this is an encouraging development. Keep it up, DreamWorks. And while you're waiting for a proper Special Edition Blu-ray/DVD of Holland's FRIGHT NIGHT, be sure to check out these two excellent commentaries hosted exclusively by our pals at Icons of Fright. The second one is amazing.

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  • Nov. 11, 2009, 11:19 p.m. CST


    by NickKicksAssTomorrow

  • Nov. 11, 2009, 11:20 p.m. CST


    by Hint_of_Smegma

    DO NOT REMAKE FRIGHT NIGHT!!!!! It is abso-fucking-lutely perfect as it is!!!!! Greatest horror flick of the eighties, bar none. Pardon my French, Monsieur, but fuck this remake shit. You will not have my ticket money on principle.

  • Nov. 11, 2009, 11:20 p.m. CST


    by NickKicksAssTomorrow

    and marti noxon as writer sucked balls on buffy (her "written by" episodes where some of the slowest and forgettable episodes ever (season 5's premiere with dracula for example)

  • Nov. 11, 2009, 11:22 p.m. CST

    It's Getting Remade, HoS

    by mrbeaks

    Whether we like it or not. At least DreamWorks isn't bringing in hacks. Yet.

  • Nov. 11, 2009, 11:23 p.m. CST

    I'm goin to spit blood on every talkback this fucking remake gen

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    I swear by almighty McDowell, this will not stand, man. A pox on all involved in this heresy. Fuck, AICN, if ever there was a time you guys needed to deride a movie and use whatever momentum your site cam generate in the fan community to boycott a movie, this is that time.

  • Nov. 11, 2009, 11:25 p.m. CST

    You're so cool, Brewster!

    by Flim Springfield

  • Nov. 11, 2009, 11:29 p.m. CST

    Oh're so cool!

    by Powerring

    Evil Ed was a cool character, except he did go on to a career of sucking cock and taking it up the ass in gay porn. Weird...

  • Nov. 11, 2009, 11:32 p.m. CST

    if Hercules wrote this article

    by WhoDis

    it would have been Buffy/Angel's Marti Noxon. What's this Mad Men of which you speak?

  • Nov. 11, 2009, 11:33 p.m. CST

    Beaks. You know it and I know it.

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    This hasn't a hope of being anything but an insult to the original, so let's not pretend we have anything but a clenched anus when we think if this travesty. There's films that can be remade, and then there are classics that are untouchable. Fright Night isn't just about to be touched, it's about to be molested. I'm not one for overuse of negativity on these talkbacks but FFS, even a handsome and enormously well endowed chap like myself has a limit. This is it. Expect much bitching from myself over this. I mean come on Beaks. Tom Holland. Chris Sarandon. Roddy McDowell. Do you honestly, fucking honestly, have any belief this remake will in any way do anything but spit upon the original with glossy perfect model teens, contrived "hip" dialogue and crappy cgi? Fuck, thanks to that abomination Twilight I'll bet Dandridge twinkles. And now, due to mentioning Twilight in the same post as the holy original Fright Night, I have to punch myself in the balls. And I'm not going to be kind on myself and pull the punch. This is fucking sick.

  • Nov. 11, 2009, 11:36 p.m. CST

    Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuucking hell.

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    Ass is what this news is. Cool it ain't.

  • Nov. 11, 2009, 11:37 p.m. CST


    by F-18

    Fuck, are there any original ideas left?

  • Nov. 11, 2009, 11:38 p.m. CST

    The problem here is the modern Vampire vision

    by IndustryKiller!

    No good can come of this int he modern vampire climate. unless they are really willing to do a balls out, EVIL, walking undead Vampire. But int he post Underworld/Twilight world I seriously doubt it. The brand has been diluted into total toothless (no pun) garbage. I long for the days when vampires were extentions of Hell. Sexy and deadly and dangerous. How anyone finds any other iteration, whether it be the sparkling kind or vampirism-as-disease kind, I have no fucking idea. It's just flat out not as interesting. Thank God for Let the Right One In. By the way Fright Night is one of my favorite films of all time, it shot me into the realm of horror as a very small child catching it on TV, and I find this new repugnant.

  • Nov. 11, 2009, 11:39 p.m. CST

    I just looked up Noxon's work list on imdb.

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    She worked on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I fucking hate that shitty smug show. I'm even more depressed now than before.

  • Nov. 11, 2009, 11:43 p.m. CST

    Yes but who is James Marsters going to rape in the movie?!

    by Whedon

    I kid, I love buffy season 6. Good for Marti.

  • Nov. 11, 2009, 11:45 p.m. CST

    but instead of it being about vampires make it be about hippies


  • Nov. 11, 2009, 11:46 p.m. CST

    Whedon. The use of the word "good" in any form...

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    ...connected to this travesty is highly inappropriate.

  • Nov. 11, 2009, 11:48 p.m. CST

    The wacky thing is...

    by James Westfall

    ... that 'Fright Night' was made the first time so that other people wouldn't have to do it later.

  • Nov. 11, 2009, 11:49 p.m. CST

    Hint of Smegma....

    by MrNovember

    You had to look up her imdb profile to learn that? You didn't have the intelligence to read the article you are so furiously posting about? Lends credibility to your ranting.

  • Nov. 11, 2009, 11:49 p.m. CST

    I almost threw up

    by ackack

    This was supposed to dead. Fuck remakes. Fuck hollywood

  • Nov. 11, 2009, 11:49 p.m. CST

    Vampire movies

    by Powerring

    Have been destroyed by the new wave of superhero, romantic vampires. Ooh, scary.

  • Nov. 11, 2009, 11:50 p.m. CST

    No the wacky thing is they are remaking Fright Night.

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    It doesn't get wackier than that.

  • Nov. 11, 2009, 11:51 p.m. CST

    Mr November. Rage overtook me when I read "remake" and "Fright N

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    So lick my left one.

  • Nov. 11, 2009, 11:51 p.m. CST

    Can we get a remake of Gremlins?

    by lockesbrokenleg

    or a sequel?

  • Nov. 11, 2009, 11:57 p.m. CST

    ain't it BAD news...

    by frank cotton

    seriously, i just watched the original not more then 2 weeks ago. how much rewriting does the original script need? i guarantee BREWSTER'll be looking up shit on the internet, blogging, twittering; I THINK I'M GOING TO THROW UP! frank will be joining HINT_OF_SMEGMA in putting the pox on this. i can smell another ROLLERBALL coming on...

  • Nov. 12, 2009, 12:04 a.m. CST

    there are thousands of struggling writers in hollywierd

    by brabon300

    are the suits saying that so few have good scripts?<p> has hollywood hit the wall?<p> i truly feel sorry for this generation

  • Nov. 12, 2009, 12:19 a.m. CST

    no matter how much you hated season six ...

    by Hercules

    there's no getting around the fact that her 'written by" is on some of the best early "Buffys" as well.

  • Nov. 12, 2009, 12:29 a.m. CST


    by Henry Fool

    "I Only Have Eyes For You" was one of Marti's and its my favorite episode of Season Two.

  • Nov. 12, 2009, 12:31 a.m. CST


    by Henry Fool

    It'd be really cool if they could get Malcolm McDowell as Peter Vincent.

  • Nov. 12, 2009, 12:32 a.m. CST

    I bein' one of the biggiest fans of Mutant Enemy

    by glodene

    Enthusiastically approve the hiring of one Mr. Whedon's right hand associates...I'm sure, Marti is more than up to the task of bringin' some Mutant Enemy-like flavor to Fright Night. Btw, James Marsters would be perfect in the Roddy McDowell role.

  • Nov. 12, 2009, 12:46 a.m. CST

    No Roddy McDowell,

    by awardgiver

    no Fright Night. Period.

  • Nov. 12, 2009, 12:53 a.m. CST

    Fright Night Has Been Remade, It Is Called Disturbia

    by Media Messiah

    And remade by Dreamworks, no less--oh, the irony?

  • Nov. 12, 2009, 12:58 a.m. CST

    Season 6, The Season Of Sex, Right?

    by Media Messiah

    That was about Nixon's sexual experiences in college, and when Spike and Buffy got into it, that was stuff worthy of being on HBO's and Showtime's more adult unrated series. I loved it, and I praise Marti Nixon for her dark twisted vision--as it represented true sexuality, not the PC version of it!!! Bravo!!!!!

  • Nov. 12, 2009, 1:44 a.m. CST

    Brabon300 blame the audiences

    by IndustryKiller!

    They are the simpering masses who pay to see this dreck over and over and over again, blame them. Don't like it? Do what I do, vote with your wallet. I long ago stopped paying to see big budget Hollywood summer crap, I suggest youa ll do the same. I mean hell we were handed Wolverine ona silver platter with that leak (which I am PROUD to have watched on day one) and we still had some fucking idiots crying havok on absurd moral grounds. The only immoral thing about that is that that movie got made and EVERYONE didnt download it and show it tot heir friends.

  • Nov. 12, 2009, 2 a.m. CST

    She's great, but watch out, because...

    by Lenny Nero

    ...she also writes and produces for PRIVATE PRACTICE. Just warning some of the folks out there.

  • Nov. 12, 2009, 2:36 a.m. CST



    A great, great actor. He was one third of what made that movie so amazing.<p>I don't who would be an even adequate replacement for that man. Bill Nighy maybe. Actually, I can't think of anyone really.<p>Roddy McDowell forever!

  • Nov. 12, 2009, 2:56 a.m. CST

    Welcome to shite night...

    by bobbyperusteeth

    That is all.

  • Nov. 12, 2009, 3:06 a.m. CST

    Actually, Brian Cox....


    ..might be okay in the Roddy McDowell role. But then, I'm a Brian Cox fan and would like him to see him in most movies.

  • Nov. 12, 2009, 3:06 a.m. CST

    Once Bitten, Near Dark, Too Die For

    by damiz707

    American Werewolf, Howling.......FUUUUCK....When are these companies gonna learn? That Cirque Du Freak shit, $13mil=BBBOOOMB....Making dumb ass movies or good remakes of Vamp flicks and riding the coattails of the Twilight phenom, ain't workin. Get a fucking clue. Get some new ideas.. I'm happy as shit that all these weak ass remakes haven't been doing shit at the box office. Keep up the good work moviegoers. WE SHOW THEM SOME TRICK OR TWO.

  • Nov. 12, 2009, 3:22 a.m. CST


    by billyhitchcock

    ...i think the best way for AICN to combat this remake madness is to completely ignore any remake that is made. do not post one article about any remake ever and these shitty movies will be starved of exposure. most importantly i won't have to read about them and get angry about my childhood not only being raped but being spitroasted and beheaded by the movie equivalent of al-qaeda. fuck this money-grubbing scum. you have not got to me. i have not and will not spend any of my money on remakes. ever. unless 39 steps counts :-)

  • Nov. 12, 2009, 4:16 a.m. CST


    by spud mcspud

    For giving them ideas about Twilight - or even for MENTIONING Twilight - I would also like to punch you in the balls. Give yourself a good hard thwack from me, and finish off with a fingertip flick on the very end of your scrote. That is all.

  • Nov. 12, 2009, 4:28 a.m. CST


    by spud mcspud

    God I fucking HATE these fucking MORONS! How exactly can ANY remake of FRIGHT NIGHT improve on the original? For one thing, NO-FUCKING-BODY under 30 yrs old remembers Hammer Horror movies - and the whole POINT of Roddy McDowall in that movie is that he's essentially Peter Cushing's Van Helsing. Dandridge is pure Sir Christopher Lee's Dracula. And the joke is that this centuries-old style of vampire-vs-hunter conflict is brought rudely into the 20th century via Brewster who - lest we forget - is perving with his telescope, hoping to catch a neighbour undressing when he espies the Dandridge clan moving a body.<P> The style, the tone, the fucking VIBE of FRIGHT NIGHT just has NOTHING to do with this dumb-ass generation whatsoever. They WON'T FUCKING GET IT. And if it ain't the FRIGHT NIGHT we remember, why not just call it something else? did calling that fucking abomination of a remake THE FOG help to scare up box-office? Did the new THE HITCHER do better because it was a remake of an older, better movie? NO! Because if a movie is shit, then it doesn't matter how fucking deluded the fans of the original are - word will get around that it is shit, and the numbers will bomb after opening weekend.<P> You can make a turd sparkle, but it's still a turd. And any remake of FRIGHT NIGHT will just be a turd, basking in the magnificence of the original, but never, ever coming close to being as good. Fucking give up now, and go rip off TWILIGHT instead. You couldn't POSSIBLY remake that and make it any worse. (Well, without the words SHIA involved, anyway...)

  • Nov. 12, 2009, 4:30 a.m. CST

    Marti Noxon also made POINT PLEASANT

    by spud mcspud

    And turned a promising inversion of the anitChrist tale (it's a GIRL this time!) into a by-the-number THE OC rip-off. And BUFFY was a very, very long time ago.

  • Nov. 12, 2009, 4:43 a.m. CST


    by hst666

    Can you read? The article already identified Noxon as a writer for Buffy.

  • Nov. 12, 2009, 5:07 a.m. CST

    Terrible Idea

    by MrPoop

    I'm not against all remakes, but this one is just stupid. Just write a new Vampire comedy. I think the local TV Station weekly late night horror movie show with it's own host doesn't exist anymore. We used to have one were I lived growing up in the 80s, but it was off the air by 88 or 89. That for me makes Fright Night a film for the time period and it should not be updated.

  • Nov. 12, 2009, 5:12 a.m. CST

    They remade Fright Night last year

    by Billy Goat

    It was on the Sci Fi Channel, and it was called "Never Cry Werewolf". Kevin Sorbo played Roddy McDowell's role.

  • Nov. 12, 2009, 6:25 a.m. CST

    Maybe they can remake Fright Night 2 instead?

    by Spifftacular Squirrel Girl

    Never seen it but I've heard it's all sorts of not-good.

  • Nov. 12, 2009, 6:54 a.m. CST

    Oh, Smeggy

    by Sodomy_Joe_Shitpants

    I knew you'd be in here dry-heaving. I feel for ya. For me, it'd be equivalent to Lucas "reworking" Raiders of the Lost Ark the way he did Star Wars. I would squeeze his goiter until his eyes popped out. FUCK THIS REMAKE.

  • Nov. 12, 2009, 6:56 a.m. CST

    Media Messiah

    by Sodomy_Joe_Shitpants

    Disturbia was a remake of Rear Window, I believe.

  • Nov. 12, 2009, 7:12 a.m. CST

    As for star wars

    by AnUsulDarkley

    Lucas is currently remaking episodes 3-6 for 3d release. Rumor has it that Shia Labouff has the Han Solo lead.

  • Nov. 12, 2009, 7:15 a.m. CST

    And if you buy that

    by AnUsulDarkley

    I have some nice desert land in Canada to sell you.

  • Nov. 12, 2009, 7:23 a.m. CST

    Why "Fright Night" worked....

    by Son_of_Kamala

    The trick to doing horror comedy right is not to have the villain be part of the joke. How could a fucking clown joking around be scary? Fright Night, and to a lesser extent, the Lost Boys work because the vampires were scary, and mean, and all kinds of violent. The humor came from some of the human background characters. But in the second half of both films, when the shit hits the fan, the horror element takes over and pushes most of the humor out the door. What makes “Fright Night” stand out from other similar films was the great performance by Chris Sarandon and and Rody, and some small, oddly touching parts. The vampire talking to Evil Ed about what it is like to be different and picked on, Peter Vincent telling Charlie his terrified, and nothing but fraud, etc... I guess if you are going to remake Fright Night in this day and age, you would be taking your shots at the “Twilight” type movies and tv shows, not Hammer horror films. But if that is the case, why indeed keep the name “Fright Night”?

  • Nov. 12, 2009, 7:24 a.m. CST

    Spifftacular Squirrel Girl

    by Son_of_Kamala

    Fright Night 2 really is not that bad. There are waaaaay worse sequels out there, trust me.

  • Nov. 12, 2009, 7:40 a.m. CST

    Fright Night is extremely dated...

    by AngrySnowMonkey

    it was an 80's cheesefest. Fun but not memorable. The update will be hard pressed to escape this. This also applies to the A-Team--minus the fun part.

  • Nov. 12, 2009, 7:53 a.m. CST

    by Hint_of_Smegma

  • Nov. 12, 2009, 7:58 a.m. CST

    Angrysnowmonkey. Go out and buy some taste.

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    And Sodomy Joe, as I know you to be a culture hound like moiself, I'm sure there will be much railing from both of us at future articles on this abomination. It's good to see the majority of posts so far are in the same vein. The idea of Fright Night being remade at all is awful. The idea of it being remade by one of the muppets involved in Buffy is fucking sacriledge.

  • Nov. 12, 2009, 8:16 a.m. CST

    The Nox rules

    by hebrokeaway

    Anyone saying different must be a jealous bitch.

  • Nov. 12, 2009, 8:32 a.m. CST

    For sale holllywood credibility

    by Gazzault

    More remakes, more lame vampire movies, modern vampires arnt cool, they arnt scary, and their powers suck. Hollywood is slowly destroying the movie industry with it's pointless remakes, and obssetion with vampires. For sale Hollywood credibility

  • Nov. 12, 2009, 8:58 a.m. CST

    It doesn't matter who the writers are

    by BigSteve03

    I hate the way AICN has capitulated to all these remakes. Acting like its a good idea just because they hired decent writers is like saying its okay to get ass raped as long as the rapist uses lube and a condom. If any place was going to take a stand to Hollywood's lack of creativity and call for an all out boycott on all remakes it should be this one. Its sad how once the industry finally started taking this site seriously it sold out and lost all of its teeth.

  • Nov. 12, 2009, 9:26 a.m. CST

    A woman writer?! That's fucking great , just great

    by daniel_larussos_gonna_fight

    Thanks Cody..this is gonna suck now

  • Nov. 12, 2009, 9:30 a.m. CST

    Daniel Larusso

    by Jawa 007

    Womens caint rite! Gimme meetlofe!

  • Nov. 12, 2009, 9:35 a.m. CST

    I have nothing against remakes as a concept....

    by cuthbert84

    ....some of my favorite movies are remakes: John Carpenter's The Thing being a primary example. But this blase acceptance of remakes troubles me. That they'll do it "whether we like it or not." If a talented filmmaker is really trying to do something different, that's one thing, but it's obvious most of the remakes of the past decade (usually of films from the 80's) are made because studios are lazy. Remake a known commodity (Friday the 13th, Fame, etc) and you have a built in audience. Here's a thought: Don't go. Don't go see it out of curiosity. Don't "give it a chance" so you can at least say you saw it and don't like it. Just don't go. Speak with your dollar. Then when these pieces of crap (and they mostly are awful) actually tank and lose money for the studios, they'll be forced to try and make original films and create new franchises rather than re-invent old ones and failing. Crazy, I know.

  • Nov. 12, 2009, 9:44 a.m. CST


    by Sodomy_Joe_Shitpants

    Of course, I'll stand with you in solidarity against this shitpiece. I already hate remakes with a passion, and naturally when they tread on precious ground, I get really upset. I'm just generally sore with Hollywood. The industry has really lost its way. I can't think of a more pathetic time for films than right now.

  • Nov. 12, 2009, 9:46 a.m. CST


    by Sodomy_Joe_Shitpants

    Completely agree. I wish it were that easy to convince the masses to not go see this shit, but people's morbid curiosity gets the better of them. Even if these turds have a mildly successful open and tank the following weekend, that's usually enough to spawn more of them. Remakes are the cancer of Hollywood.

  • Nov. 12, 2009, 9:50 a.m. CST

    Anyone of you calling Noxon a decent writer..

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    ....has issues. Buffy was excrement of the highest order, contrived, cliched shit and I will never, never to my dying day understand why any of you around here rate it in any way beyond the fact you were watching it in the hopes that Sarah Michelle Gellar would suddenly go topless or have a graphic lesbo scene with Eliza Dushku. I hated that show with a passion. The fact hardly anyone noticed it was a bad rip-off of SheWolf of London always has me scratching my head too - fuck, that show barely made two seasons and it was a thousand times better than that fucking Buffy show. To know anyone involved on Buffy, however tenuously, has their disgusting paws on a project that will insult Fright Night is, to me, what a shaft of sunlight was to Jerry Dandridge. And spud Mcspud, don't worry. For mentioning Twilight and FN in the same post I did indeed punish myself. I smacked little Hint like he owed me money.

  • Nov. 12, 2009, 9:56 a.m. CST

    Jawa - Harry failed to mention she was fired from Mad Men

    by daniel_larussos_gonna_fight

    this is gonna blow

  • Nov. 12, 2009, 10:07 a.m. CST


    by lprothro

    ..or will it be the usual leather-wearing, brooding, pseudo-teen, conflicted angst-ridden vampire? If it's the latter than no thank you. Anyone else remember when vamps were scary, blood sucking corpses instead of clinically depressed, love-sick superheroes? <p> Geez.

  • Nov. 12, 2009, 10:14 a.m. CST

    Cuthbert is bang on.

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    But 'good' remakes like The Thing are a rarity in the last 20 years, with only minor blips of high quality here and there (Snyders Dawn remake being the last decent remake I can think of). There is no hope this is going to be anything but a paint by numbers, toothless and badly written piece of shit. I hate this current remakeitis that's going on. It's bad enough they've fucked up Freddy Krueger, now they're going after Jerry with a stake of blandness. Sodomy....past all of this rage I have for this project, I wouldn't agree that overall we're in a bad time for movies. We're in a better time for TV, granted, in the last decade we've had BSG, Deadwood, Rome, The Shield, Carnivale etc - shows better than most anything on the big screen. But we've also had a lot of great movies - and genre fans haven't done so badly. In a year when we got Watchmen, Moon, District 9, well I can't say as a general genre fan I think we're doing too badly. As a horror fan though we're getting shat upon from a great height. And the idea of Noxon banking money for this as she squeezes out and pinches off this loaf of evil is fucking annoying.

  • Nov. 12, 2009, 10:15 a.m. CST

    At least, the vampires won't be sparkling.....

    by Jamie McBain

    Or something like that.

  • Nov. 12, 2009, 10:22 a.m. CST


    by lprothro

    Getting really sick of the term "eighties cheese-fest" by all these teenagers on here. It's like the default phrase for anything made prior to the mid-nineties. I'm convinced half the people using that term don't even know what that means.

  • Nov. 12, 2009, 10:22 a.m. CST

    The vampires in the new FRIGT NIGT will be...

    by Margot Tenenbaum

    ...Brand Vampires. They stalk the Hollywood night in their nice suits searching for properties that have even the smallest amount of audience goodwill. Once a victim is found, they start to feed then let their wives and minions finish them off. <p>Sometimes the properties become vampires themselves but most often they are cancelled or shelved leaving behind soulles, shambling Zombie Brands. <p>AIEEE.

  • Nov. 12, 2009, 10:22 a.m. CST

    Get a life...

    by MrNovember

    Seriously, does another generic remake truly effect your life this much? The silly and often feigned rage that pops up in every one of these remake talkbacks (or any other internet site) is pathetic and laughable. It doesn't erase the originals, nobody is going to force you to watch it, and its NOT A NEW CONCEPT IN HOLLYWOOD.

  • Nov. 12, 2009, 10:23 a.m. CST


    by Sodomy_Joe_Shitpants

    Right there with you, Smegs, on the TV thing. The state of television in recent years has been pretty outstanding. Shows take a lot more risk than they used to, and the production values are cinematic in a lot of cases. But I really feel like movies have sacrificed storytelling, character and plot for effects and flashy eye candy. I just can't feel engaged by all that. I want good old fashioned stunts back. No wires, no CGI. I want to know that somebody risked their neck in a car chase or in some ballsy jump between buildings. Everything feels like a cartoon now. Or a remake of a cartoon, really.

  • Nov. 12, 2009, 10:25 a.m. CST

    Needs more Amanda Bearse tits.

    by Nice Marmot

    Used to want to motor-boat 'em so bad.

  • Nov. 12, 2009, 10:26 a.m. CST

    Fright Night Needs An Update?

    by Oprah_Duke

    I respectfully disagree.<p> Production is closed now right?

  • Nov. 12, 2009, 10:53 a.m. CST

    Mr November. Thanks for the advice.

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    Mainly thanks to your intervention, I'm now packing up my feigned rage and am heading off into the sunset, eagerly anticipating all the adventures I'll have in the real world. And it's all thanks to you. You're my hero. I love you.

  • Nov. 12, 2009, 11:03 a.m. CST

    Sodomy Joe.

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    Yeah, I hear you. CGI is best in small doses, cleaning up images, adding details to practical devices etc like the faces on the creatures in Wild Things. When it becomes an entire character, or worse a la the prequels the entire fucking film, it pulls me out of the film worse than even bad practical effects. I'm sure we can expect a lot of bad CGI in this fucking awful travesty of Fright Night. Also, Jerry Dandridge will be a pasty-faced 22 year old with large eyebrows who looks constipated a lot to convey the deep horror of being an ageless vampire, Amy will be played by Miley Cyrus. Jerry's backstory will be added in in flashbacks involving animal torture and white horses. You know, for symbolism. The horror, indeed. They might as well hand the directors duties to Eli Hack Roth or Uwe fucking Boll at this point. Or worse, Rob Zombie. I mean FFS, if we're having to have Noxon as a writer we may as well go the whole hog and crew the damn thing with the very worst Hollywood has to offer.

  • Nov. 12, 2009, 12:07 p.m. CST


    by Wrecks

    Ass clowns.

  • Nov. 12, 2009, 12:16 p.m. CST

    Why not just re-release originals theatres? Stop the remakes!

    by Topher4801

    OK, all these remakes are just getting stupid. They're just ruining classics by "90210ing" them. Like Red Dawn. Making the sisters CHEERLEADERS!!!!! Why don't the studios just re-release these movies into the theatres, maybe with some touch ups to video quality and sound to match todays theatres? Will I go see a Fright Night or Red Dawn remakes? NO WAY! Would I go see a re-release of the original movies in HD and surround sound on a huge screens? HELL YES! So, someone tell me, why don't they just re-release the original movies in the theatre instead of spending all that money on movies that will most like bomb?

  • Nov. 12, 2009, 12:19 p.m. CST

    i'm going to do a remake

    by TheBaxter

    of this talkback. it will be AWESOME.

  • Nov. 12, 2009, 12:53 p.m. CST

    Never Cry Werewolf

    by Lang The Cat

    Billy Goat is right. I saw this POS and knew immediately it was ripped off from Fright Night (not a huge challenge). Lionsgate would have been embrassed to release this stinker. John Shepard has the nerve to claim to have written this. This reguratative hack has worked on formulated TV shows and then steals Mr. Holland's work claiming it as his own. Why the WGA hasn't strapped this walking pimple to a slab and slit him open, roast him and feed the pieces to Alan Smithee is beyond me. Nothing Marti Noxon could do would be anywhere near as bad as this serving of Tripe ala Plagarism.

  • Nov. 12, 2009, 1:14 p.m. CST

    Replace Roddy wit Malcolm

    by SavageJuicebox

    Mcdowell. Same last name, both British, GO. It's the only way I will see this movie.

  • Nov. 12, 2009, 1:27 p.m. CST

    She was showrunner

    by punto

    for what people call the wort season of the show. I think she'll be fine, as long as the script doesn't require any humor, only dark, soul emptying depression.

  • Nov. 12, 2009, 1:53 p.m. CST

    This has and will always be the "Everybodies Gay" movie

    by U_Banned_Me_Down_The_Stairs

    Charley is gay, his girlfriend Amy is gay, Evil Ed is gay, Dandrige is gay, Billy Cole is gay, Peter Vincent is gay. Charley and Amy are the only ones trying to hide it. I used to like it as a kid, but know it's just the "Everyones Secretly Gay" movie to me. I don't get it. People love this flick but they trash A Nightmare On Elm Street 2 for being too gay.

  • Nov. 12, 2009, 2:38 p.m. CST

    Hmmm. Interesting theory, U_Banned.....

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    ...not sure I see it though. I'm wondering if there's something on your mind? Something tucked away at the the closet maybe....??

  • Nov. 12, 2009, 2:38 p.m. CST

    So it's being written by a woman

    by SithMenace

    in the age of twilight and the vampire diaries. I have very little hope for this movie.<p>I think the original is a very well made vampire film, and it's still one of my favorite selections for our annual Halloween horrothon.

  • Nov. 12, 2009, 3:19 p.m. CST

    Keep fucking that chicken

    by U_Banned_Me_Down_The_Stairs

  • Nov. 12, 2009, 3:23 p.m. CST

    Hey, whatever works for you babe.

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    Interesting your mind goes to chicken molesting. So you're obsessed by bumfucking and chicken molesting, eh? Well, takes all sorts, U-Banned. we won't judge you.

  • Nov. 12, 2009, 3:26 p.m. CST

    I don't care if they remake FN...

    by cheyne_stoking_DMS

    as long as no one touches Near Dark.

  • Nov. 12, 2009, 3:34 p.m. CST

    Oh, they're halfway there Cheyne.

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    They already gave it's DVD cover the Twilight treatment. A full remake can't be far behind. And tears will fall from genre fans everywhere...

  • Nov. 12, 2009, 3:49 p.m. CST

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  • Nov. 12, 2009, 4 p.m. CST

    didn't the kid in this movie...

    by cheyne_stoking_DMS

    go on to become a gay pornstar or some shit

  • Nov. 12, 2009, 4:46 p.m. CST


    by skimn

    I think he was referring to the cast being gay, or closeted at least.<p>I still say do this with Joe Flarerty from SCTV as Count Floyd in the McDowell role.."Oooohhh kids thats really scary..."

  • Nov. 12, 2009, 6:31 p.m. CST

    Aw Smegs, own up already

    by spud mcspud

    U_Banned_Me has a point. Dandridge is kinda fruity, Billy Cole - submissive! Charley spends more time watching the guy next door, instead of his hot GF, his friend Evil Ed ended up IRL doing gay porn, Amy ended up IRL marrying a woman, and we KNOW that Peter Vincent IRL was gay...<P> Yeah, FRIGHT NIGHT is definitely tending toward our Friends of Dorothy. Still a great, great, GREAT 80s horror movie - if not THE best of 'em.<P> There's no subtext in ELM ST 2, though. That gay shit is just out there, loud and proud. Much as it is in TOP GUN in the volleyball scene...

  • Nov. 12, 2009, 6:34 p.m. CST

    Smegs - that fucking NEAR DARK cover!!

    by spud mcspud

    It's in this month's EMPIRE - and its a motherfucking travesty! AAAARGGHHHH!!!<P> The only consolation I can get from this is the thought of some Edward-struck tweenie dumbass expecting some vampire lovefest... and seeing Henriksen and Paxton lay waste to that bar full of bikers. Man, I would LOVE to see some Twihards sit through that hardcore gorefest...

  • Nov. 12, 2009, 6:34 p.m. CST

    Spud, ya got me.

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    on everything except Dandridge. That guy was cool as ice and manly as all get out. I imagine they modelled him on me.

  • Nov. 12, 2009, 6:50 p.m. CST

    Spud....yeah that gives me a chuckle too....

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    ......but overall, whoever the marketing dickhead was who made that tactical decision to make Near Dark appeal to tweenie twilight schmucks, well, they've forever claimed the title of Asshole.

  • Nov. 12, 2009, 7:59 p.m. CST

    Damn, people really like Fright Night

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Me, I thought it was worthless shit.

  • Nov. 12, 2009, 8:05 p.m. CST

    I had my kids watch

    by Toonol

    Ages 14 and 18, I had them watch Fright Night a few months ago. They have a pretty good taste in cinema; I've exposed them to lots of classics, lots of foreign films. They both thought Fright Night was pretty lame. I loved the movie, but there are some things in it that just don't quite hold up now.

  • Nov. 12, 2009, 8:08 p.m. CST


    by cheyne_stoking_DMS

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    by cheyne_stoking_DMS

  • Nov. 12, 2009, 9:16 p.m. CST

    Still waiting for PHANTASM remake

    by PinkFloyd7

    I saw Fright Night when I was a 13 year old kid and loved it. I watch it now and it hasn't aged well at all. It screams "80's" I see no problem with a remake.

  • Nov. 12, 2009, 9:43 p.m. CST

    It was worthless shit

    by AngrySnowMonkey

    and this will be worthless shit with CW stars in it.

  • Nov. 13, 2009, 8:44 a.m. CST

    Welcome to FRIGHT NIGHT.. for REAL.

    by spud mcspud

    Fo' REAL, y'all!!<P> "FRIGHT NIGHT" in this shitmake is gonna be a fucking urban horror webisode series, probably hosted by Snoop Doggy Dogg or some shit. You KNOW I'm right.

  • Nov. 13, 2009, 10:19 a.m. CST

    Yes, Angrysnowmonkey. It was worthless shit.

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    That'd be why so many people are here professing their love for it and outrage that it'd be remade. And that does make you an angry, spiteful little monkey doesn't it?

  • Nov. 13, 2009, 5:51 p.m. CST

    Further to the FRIGHT NIGHT gay agenda thing...

    by spud mcspud

    Jerry Dandridge CAN'T be "cool as ice and manly as all get out" - he spends most of his time in the movie sucking on young mens' necks! Or trying to. Granted, he enjoyed sucking on Amy's neck too, but then she turned into a lesbian IRL, so...<P> Draw your own conclusions, Smeg me owd mate, but I think you'd have to conclude that FRIGHT NIGHT, though a magnificent 80s horror, is teh gayness.<P> And that Angrysnowmonkey wouldn't know a decent movie if it sat on his face and shat in his mouth. He's right about the CW stars... but oh so wrong about the rest.

  • Nov. 13, 2009, 7:34 p.m. CST

    Well, I agree about Snowmonkey. But still can't on Dandridge.

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    He spends the whole movie making hot prostitutes and willing college girls take their tops off before biting them. He only bites one guy and that's to use as a weapon......shortly after he shows Amy the time of her life. Can't see the gay there frankly. He is teh man. Chuck Norris is a screaming bender by comparison.

  • Nov. 13, 2009, 8:25 p.m. CST

    Will it have a soundtrack by Brad Fiedel?

    by Gozu

    No? Then fuck it. It's between "Fright Night," "Lost Boys," and "Let the Right One In" as for best vampire movie of all time. "Fright Night" is product of its time but even so is spectacular and features some surprisingly effective make-up and optical effects.

  • Nov. 14, 2009, 5:42 a.m. CST

    Dammit I said I would kill myself if this day ever came

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    and now I feel like a gutless yella pie-slinger...<p> This is the worst news of my culture loving life.

  • Nov. 14, 2009, 1:43 p.m. CST

    Just watched Fright Night

    by gravybits

    Nothing really distinctive about it, other than Chris Sarandon's solid performance and good effects. Story was severely lacking. It was basically a comedy version of Salem's Lot.

  • Nov. 14, 2009, 8:10 p.m. CST

    Gravybits. Good joke.

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    So, nothing distinctive apart from the two things you mentioned. Oh and the fact it's remembered by many as one of the best horrors of the eighties. And it has one if Roddy McDowels best performances. Plus one of the best soundtracks to any horror, ever. You're right, nothing distinctive at all.