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FRIGHT NIGHT Remake Finds Its Charley Brewster! You're So Cool, Yelchin!

Published at: April 6, 2010, 9:24 p.m. CST by mrbeaks

Beaks here...

Looks like the new Pavel Chekov is the new Charley Brewster. According to The Hollywood Reporter's Borys Kit, Anton Yelchin is in negotiations to take the Sir William Ragsdale role in DreamWorks' remake of Tom Holland's 1985 horror-comedy classic FRIGHT NIGHT. Yelchin will play the suspicious young man who's convinced his new next door neighbor is a vampire. There's no word yet on who's playing suave bloodsucker Jerry Dandrige, and I wish director Craig Gillespie luck on finding someone half as iconic as Chris Sarandon (ditto replacing Roddy McDowell as Peter Vincent). I've heard some odd rumors regarding Marti Noxon's screenplay, but I still trust that the veteran TV writer with credits on MAD MEN and BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER will do right by Holland's original. Casting Yelchin is an encouraging development, and I've no problem with Gillespie as director (my issues with LARS AND THE REAL GIRL were completely script-related). I just hope they strike the right tone. Again, good luck with that. Somewhat related, I really wish Brad Fiedel would come out of retirement.

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  • April 6, 2010, 9:26 p.m. CST

    Me Likey

    by BumLove

    Anton Yelchin is a good choice so far....not the usual Hollywood pretty boy...the kid can act...lets hope the rest of the players are equal in talent.

  • April 6, 2010, 9:26 p.m. CST

    I have no problem with this casting.

    by thesinofthesky

    But I'll still always love the originals. First?

  • April 6, 2010, 9:34 p.m. CST

    You Know Who Should Get the McDowell role?

    by OutsideChance

    Shatner. Seriously. Make Peter Vincent a washed up Shakespearean actor stuck doing a horror show. Have Shat play him early on as Denny Crane and then, when it's time to man up and kill some vampires, have him find his inner Kirk and start playing it straight (or what passes for straight on TOS).

  • April 6, 2010, 9:35 p.m. CST

    I say Alan Rickman

    by ShiftyEyedDog2

    It'd be nice to see him back in a juicy villain role, and he'd be perfect. but I'm guessing they'll cast younger.

  • April 6, 2010, 9:39 p.m. CST

    BILLY ZANE as Jerry Dandridge <.<;;

    by El Post-Modern Anchor-Baby

    No, seriously!

  • April 6, 2010, 9:44 p.m. CST

    Yelchin is a great choice!

    by Sacredfun

    He's been really consistently good in things I've seen him in. And hmm... What about Jeremy Northam as Jerry Dandridge? He's older than Sarandon was at the time, but I think he could work the right suave charm/menace. And he's still hot. And do we know if they're going with the same EXACT concept? I would be curious what would happen if they made the mentor figure a woman... like some former Elvira type who used to do exploitation horror. I do LOVE the original, but maybe they need to change it up to distance it from the original? I know, I know, let the hating commence...

  • April 6, 2010, 9:48 p.m. CST

    Please keep the CGI to an absolute minimum

    by BumLove

    Fright Night is a classic, and one of the great things about it were the creature effects. If this one is riddled with CGI images....then don't even bother making it...pack it in right now....

  • April 6, 2010, 9:52 p.m. CST

    Yelchin is fantastic.

    by Lenny Nero

    Even aside from his strong film work (check indie films more than the mainstream stuff), his performances on "Huff" and probably the best episode of "Criminal Minds" solidifies him in my mind as a supremely talented individual.

  • April 6, 2010, 9:53 p.m. CST

    It'll be hard...

    by JonQuixote

    ...to get the Vincent role wrong. OutsideChance was fantastic with his pick of Shatner. SED2 makes another great choice with Rickman. I'd love to see Brian Cox, personally. But there are so many great options. Anyway, this is a good remake - the premise carries the first movie. Beyond that, it's pretty meh. Maybe this will be great.

  • April 6, 2010, 9:55 p.m. CST

    God, I love the original!

    by Lance Rocke

    Alamo needs to screen this classic soon

  • April 6, 2010, 9:56 p.m. CST

    He's the new Clumsy Smurf, too

    by Chief Joseph

    But I guess that isn't cool news.

  • April 6, 2010, 10:03 p.m. CST

    Mark Strong as Jerry Dandridge and...

    by M Bison

    Christopher Walken as Peter Vincent.

  • April 6, 2010, 10:19 p.m. CST

    Michael Caine as Vincent

    by Sumatran_Rat_Monkey

    would be my first choice, but I dig on the idea of Shat in the roll as well. Dandridge is a little harder.

  • April 6, 2010, 10:21 p.m. CST

    Shat is Perfect!

    by freerangecelt

    Great idea!

  • April 6, 2010, 10:21 p.m. CST

    William Shatner would be cool

    by BumLove

    If not him, Ian Mckellan (Gandalf) would be good. Or even Martin Landau (Vincent Price)....but definitely not Micheal Caine...yes, he's a good actor...but a bit too much of a fartbag, and not suited to this role.

  • April 6, 2010, 10:25 p.m. CST

    I cant believe that BumLove was first post....

    by I_am_Torgo

    ...Stephen Geoffreys! Anyone, anyone? Oh the irony of it all.

  • April 6, 2010, 10:30 p.m. CST

    BumLove

    by Sumatran_Rat_Monkey

    True, he's a fartbag, but he has the range and the comedy background to pull off a good Peter Vincent. Now Mckellan, I could definitely go for int he roll...

  • April 6, 2010, 10:36 p.m. CST

    Anyone read the script?

    by NippleEffect

    they going campy? Or is this a darker, scarier take one the story?

  • April 6, 2010, 10:36 p.m. CST

    You know, Sumatran, you're right

    by BumLove

    I'm not totally opposed to him in the role...he could do great things with it.

  • April 6, 2010, 10:43 p.m. CST

    John Hurt, Jeremy Irons, Hugh Laurie, Patrick Stewart

    by JuanSanchez

    Hurt might be too close to McDowell, though.

  • April 6, 2010, 10:43 p.m. CST

    Fanboy fantasy - Lance Henricksen

    by JuanSanchez

  • April 6, 2010, 10:44 p.m. CST

    Gary Oldman would be good too

    by JuanSanchez

  • April 6, 2010, 10:55 p.m. CST

    Colin Farrell as Dandridge

    by Quartermass-87

    Hey Colin could so the sinister and seduction Dandridge needs to have. As for Peter Vincent yeah Shatner could work but Peter Vincent should be a little more bumbling and timid like Roddy's was of course until he kicked vamp ass. Hugh Laurie could maybe do it....he's lanky and tall and could bumble I'm sure. No who would play Evil is a bigger and just as important question...let the ideas come forth.

  • April 6, 2010, 11:09 p.m. CST

    William Ragsdale's career...

    by Fremen

    I hope this doesn't strike the death knell for Yelchin's career like it did for Ragsdale.

  • April 6, 2010, 11:11 p.m. CST

    Ian McKellan (Gandalf)...

    by akiraclass

    That cracks me up--you're on AICN! "Who is this 'Ian McKellan' guy?" That's like saying, Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) or Harrison Ford (Indiana Jones).

  • April 6, 2010, 11:12 p.m. CST

    Oh my god I LOVE the Billy Zane suggestion

    by IndustryKiller!

    It will never happen, but his performance in Demon Knight is still one of the great unheralded horror performances of all time. In fact that whole movie, especially William Sadler, one of the best character actors we have, is just criminally underrated.

  • April 6, 2010, 11:30 p.m. CST

    I really don't like him....

    by REVENGE_of_FETT

    But I have to admit he's pretty much perfect for the role.

  • April 6, 2010, 11:35 p.m. CST

    Julian McMahon for Dandridge

    by REVENGE_of_FETT

    Oh fuck you, you know he's perfect.</p><p>Crispin Glover for Peter Vincent.</p><p>You're welcome. Now where's my fucking movie check?

  • April 6, 2010, 11:35 p.m. CST

    I hope this means

    by Neil Ofsteel

    they release the originals on Blu-Ray or AT LEAST re-release number 2 on DVD.

  • April 6, 2010, 11:37 p.m. CST

    Fright Night 2 has been on DVD for 7 years

    by REVENGE_of_FETT

    Out of print now of course. It's damn good for a sequel.

  • April 6, 2010, 11:39 p.m. CST

    Oh, are you saying BECCAUSE it's OOP?

    by REVENGE_of_FETT

    Ok, gotcha. Read that too fast I guess. Yes I want them both on Blu-ray.

  • April 6, 2010, 11:43 p.m. CST

    Look, the real question is this...

    by smallerdemon

    Who can replace the J. Geils Band for the title song? NO ONE! NO ONE! YOU JUST KEEP REMINDING YOURSELF OF THAT! ...NO! ...ONE! <P> J. GEILS OUT OF RETIREMENT FOR THE NEW FRIGHT NIGHT!

  • April 6, 2010, 11:45 p.m. CST

    Nathan Fillion as Dandridge

    by wackybantha

    Why not?

  • April 6, 2010, 11:57 p.m. CST

    decent choice...

    by Human_Bean_Juice_

    and this is one of those stories that could make a great remake.

  • April 7, 2010, 12:01 a.m. CST

    How about Jeffrey Dean Morgan

    by Human_Bean_Juice_

    that guy's got charisma by the bucket load, and some serious menace about him.

  • April 7, 2010, 12:10 a.m. CST

    John Hamm as Dandridge

    by thevision

    and John Hannah from the Mummy movies and "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" as Peter Vincent or Gary Oldman.

  • April 7, 2010, 12:11 a.m. CST

    industrykiller: DEMON KNIGHT IS THE SHIT!!

    by RedHorseVector

    so glad to see there's someone else who adores the ever-loving-shit out of that movie.

  • April 7, 2010, 12:13 a.m. CST

    bordello of blood? not so much...

    by RedHorseVector

    although the way they tried to tie it into the mythology of the first movie was kind of interesting, and it may have been corey feldman's last role in a theatrical feature. now that i think of it, i need that piece of garbage on dvd!

  • April 7, 2010, 12:19 a.m. CST

    perfect...

    by pepino

    billy zane or julian mcmahon as jerry,what about malcom mcdowell for peter vicent???

  • April 7, 2010, 12:19 a.m. CST

    The Great Peter Vincent should be.....

    by Jakeroo72

    Ian Mckellen. How kick butt would that be?? I would love getting to see him be more comedic. I would also love CGI de-aging him like in X-Men 3 so we could see him kill vampires in old movies!!!!

  • April 7, 2010, 12:35 a.m. CST

    Did Bruce Dickinson produce that song?

    by Anti-fanboy

    "I'm tellin' ya, fellas, you're gonna want that whipcrack."

  • April 7, 2010, 12:36 a.m. CST

    yep

    by theycallmemrtibbs

  • April 7, 2010, 1:16 a.m. CST

    Alan Rickman in the McDowell role!

    by daggor

    He can do comedy!

  • April 7, 2010, 1:16 a.m. CST

    Forget Shatner....

    by Shakeshift

    ... Switch it up and get Cassandra Peterson/Elvira for the role of the aging movie actor gone to seed. It'd be nice to see the role handled by a wisecracking comedienne down on her luck and meeting REAL monsters.

  • April 7, 2010, 1:23 a.m. CST

    yep

    by theycallmemrtibbs

  • April 7, 2010, 2:09 a.m. CST

    alan rickman is an inspired choice for any role.

    by RedHorseVector

  • April 7, 2010, 2:13 a.m. CST

    Yelchin is sweet in this role. A casting they got right.

    by The Founder

    For a change.

  • April 7, 2010, 2:15 a.m. CST

    Rickman or Irons would be awesome for Vincent.

    by The Founder

    Lets hope Hollywood hears us.

  • April 7, 2010, 2:17 a.m. CST

    Sean Connery comes out of retirement for Peter Vincent!

    by Mike_D

    it could happen

  • April 7, 2010, 2:21 a.m. CST

    Sweet! George Clooney as Gerry. Bill Nighy as Peter.

    by Mr Nicholas

  • April 7, 2010, 2:33 a.m. CST

    Sarah Michelle Gellar in the McDowell role

    by Professor_Monster

    Would be so great to show her as a washed up actress who hosts vampire marathons and rests back on her Buffy days (course you couldn't use Buffy - but something close)

  • April 7, 2010, 2:48 a.m. CST

    Yelchin had me ta..

    by Denty420

  • April 7, 2010, 2:49 a.m. CST

    Fuck the typo, Yelchin had me at...

    by Denty420

    ... 'assist in ewacuations from Wulcan'

  • April 7, 2010, 3:25 a.m. CST

    Yelchin was shit

    by kwisatzhaderach

    in both Star Trek and Turdinator: Salvation. Why is this guy getting cast?

  • April 7, 2010, 3:45 a.m. CST

    Val Kilmer anybody?

    by alan_poon

    And Ian McKellen for Peter Vincent.

  • April 7, 2010, 3:58 a.m. CST

    Yelchin would be better for "Evil" rather than Brewster

    by masteryoda007

    Check out the pictures of "Evil" and then compare with Yelchin.

  • April 7, 2010, 4:49 a.m. CST

    Hmmm...

    by Bruce Leroy

    Anton Yelchin is not a bad choice actually. For a minute there I thought they were going for one of those "Pretty boy" Disney channel teens. Complete with a weird, hip haircut. No, Yelchin is great casting. I'd love to see Josh Brolin or Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Dandridge. As another poster pointed out Bill Nighy would be excellent as Mr. Vincent. Anyone seen Never cry werewolf? Movie sucked hard and a blatant Fright Night rip-off. Replace the vampire with a werewolf and voila, we have a movie!

  • April 7, 2010, 5:18 a.m. CST

    Tired of the remakes...

    by SunTzu77

    It's time for someone to ruin the classics "Near Dark" or "Dreamscape." <br> <br> Anyway, about this remake... if I were casting... my choices would have been... Charlie Brewster - Jay Baruchel; Jerry Dandrige - Robert Downey Jr.; Amy Peterson - Ellen Page; Peter Vincent - Steve Carell; "Evil" Ed Thompson - Clark Duke. The thing about the original... was the mix of camp/comedy and horror... Yelchin just seems like an odd choice. Oh, and I'd hire Rick Baker for this too.

  • April 7, 2010, 5:29 a.m. CST

    Sam Worthington

    by cowbellfever

    Better get the Dandrige role, or else (as I keep saying!) Gillespie will wake up with a horse's head in his bed. Trust me, I know something most don't!

  • April 7, 2010, 5:43 a.m. CST

    Waiting for the upcoming announcement....

    by BacardiRocky

    for the remake to the Jim Carrey classic "Once Bitten."

  • April 7, 2010, 6:30 a.m. CST

    Christopher Mintz-Plasse as "Evil"

    by Cobb05

    If he could pull it off, it could really show his range as an actor. Could you imagine McLovin' as a vampire with a cross burnt into his head. I think it could be awesome.

  • April 7, 2010, 6:39 a.m. CST

    I like the idea of Rickman as Peter vincent

    by mojoman69

    Jonathan Rhys-Meyers as Dandridge. Dakota Fanning as Amy. Platz as Evil.

  • April 7, 2010, 6:46 a.m. CST

    Back in 1996, Evil would have been played by...

    by spud mcspud

    Timothy Olyphant. But he's an old fuck now, so it must be...<P> Go with me, here...<P> I KNOW he's a shit actor. The original Evil Ed wasn't THAT great...<P> Seriously...<P> HAYDEN CHRISTENSEN. Yeah, I said it.

  • April 7, 2010, 6:48 a.m. CST

    JONATHAN RHYS-MEYERS???

    by spud mcspud

    Jonathan Fucking Rhys Fucking Meyers as a sexy yet menacing vampire??<P> Hey, he could play the stake they fucking kill Dandridge WITH, but Jerry Dandridge??<P> I want what you're smoking/snorting/drinking, mister.

  • April 7, 2010, 6:49 a.m. CST

    SunTzu77 - Stop giving them IDEAS!!

    by spud mcspud

    NOBODY gets to remake DREAMSCAPE!! It's fucking perfect as it is!!

  • April 7, 2010, 6:51 a.m. CST

    YELCHIN IS PERFECT!!

    by spud mcspud

    You know why Yelchin rocks? Forget the Walter Koenig and Michael Biehn impressions the kids does so well. One reason why I love Yelchin in the movies:<P> CHARLIE BARTLETT.<P> He's PERFECT as a Ferris Bueller for this fucking selfish generation. And Kat Dennings is so hot in that movie. Like, Winona Ryder in HEATHERS hot. CHARLIE BARTLETT might be the most criminally under-rated movie of the Noughties (or whatever the fuck we're now calling last decade).

  • April 7, 2010, 6:53 a.m. CST

    Liking the Sarah Michelle Gellar idea...

    by spud mcspud

    ...Especially if they do actually use BUFFY re-runs as the progs she presents, and as long as we get the BUFFY theme towards the end when she attempts to fight Dandridge. Before he, you know, kicks her ass six ways from Sunday.<P> Joss, throw Marti a bone. She needs a hit after that shitfest POINT PLEASANT, y'know.

  • April 7, 2010, 6:56 a.m. CST

    Brad Fiedel...

    by ianlegend

    was a great goalkeeper. Rate him highly. Didn't realise he'd retired. Thought he was still at Villa.

  • April 7, 2010, 6:57 a.m. CST

    Christopher Lee as Peter Vincent.

    by OgreYouAsshole

  • April 7, 2010, 7:11 a.m. CST

    Could be worse I guess. Still pointless though.

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    The original is for me, simply, the greatest vampire flick ever made. Unless they go the route of some kid in real life seeking Chris Sarandon's help after they find a 'real' vampire, I won't be watching as it in no way can ever hope to be as good as the original, let alone better. Ergo, WTF is the point in bothering.

  • April 7, 2010, 7:17 a.m. CST

    Both Fright Night movies are solid

    by SoylentMean

    Roddy McDowell as Peter Vincent is one of my favortie Horror supporting roles. I have a lot of love for the originals. I'm not entirely opposed to this remake as long as a few parameters are met:<P> It must be an "R" rated film<P> It has to be funny without resorting to outright camp<P> The Peter Vincent role needs to be somebody that people love<P> The character of Evil needs to have an annoying, yet memorable voice, preferably like an ashmatic that's been huffing helium.

  • April 7, 2010, 7:27 a.m. CST

    Haha akiraclass....good point

    by BumLove

    I guess I'm just used to having to point out who certain actors are when discussing movies with friends and co-workers...'cause they totally wouldn't know who Ian McKellan is....

  • April 7, 2010, 7:29 a.m. CST

    What Hint_of_Smegma said . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . Don't remake it. Go the route of having the kid go to Chris Sarandon, as a fan of the first Fright Night movie, seeking assistance in destroying a vampire. When I first saw Fright Night as a kid, I had no idea who Roddy was. I didn't rely on a big name as Peter Vincent . . .

  • April 7, 2010, 7:31 a.m. CST

    I watched Fright Night a few weeks ago

    by DangerDave

    Schlocky fun. Chris Sarandon was soild and Roddy was Perfect. Strange that both of Charlie's friend's were really gay. <P> Everyone knows that Evil went on to do gay porn right?

  • April 7, 2010, 7:32 a.m. CST

    the other Mcdowell

    by 22b

    How about Malcom Mcdowell reprising his brothers role?

  • April 7, 2010, 7:34 a.m. CST

    Christopher Lee as Peter Vincent

    by DangerDave

    MAKE IT FUCKING SO.

  • April 7, 2010, 8:11 a.m. CST

    William Ragsdale & Stephen Geofreys are coming to

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    Fright Night Film Fest in Louisville this Summer. I'll be working that fest, so maybe we'll get an interview. I agree with DangerDave, if there's any way possible, they should get Christopher Lee to play Peter Vincent. It would be an awesome career capper and tribute to his friend Peter Cushing.

  • April 7, 2010, 8:15 a.m. CST

    Mark Strong is perfect!

    by lukasman

    for Dandrige...good call Bison!

  • April 7, 2010, 8:18 a.m. CST

    I don'

    by lovecraftian

  • April 7, 2010, 8:23 a.m. CST

    Damnit!--I don't care who they cast--

    by lovecraftian

    I don't want to see this movie remade. It was perfect the way it was. I'm getting really exhausted with people retreading this ground with the EXACT same story. Not PREMISE, mind you. STORY: characters, plot, setting, and even dialogue. The whole damned thing. Not to mention it only hurts young writers that might have something fresh to contribute. I know that we live in a post-modern era where nothing is truly original. But come on! Do we really have to just REMAKE everything?

  • April 7, 2010, 8:23 a.m. CST

    Javier Bardem as Dandridge!

    by Nice Marmot

  • April 7, 2010, 8:29 a.m. CST

    Derek Jacobi as Peter Vincent

    by palimpsest

    David Tennant as Jerry Dandridge.

  • April 7, 2010, 8:43 a.m. CST

    Yes, lovecraftian. EVERYTHING . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    Just read on Joblo that they're remaking Real Genius as well. WTF????

  • April 7, 2010, 8:47 a.m. CST

    Lovecraftian

    by HapaPapa72

    Yes, it certainly seems that way. And then pay double or triple the amount we previously paid to see the exact same story thanks to the inevitable 3-D version. But Fright Night I'm okay with, oddly enough.

  • April 7, 2010, 8:48 a.m. CST

    Christoph Waltz as Dandridge

    by Cobb05

    John Hurt as Peter Vincent Emma Watson as Amy Jeffrey Dovovan as Billy Cole.

  • April 7, 2010, 8:49 a.m. CST

    Marmot...it's genuinely the only way I can see it working.

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    Unlike so many of the other remakes source material, this is a perfect film. Perfect. The casting was unbeatable - everyone was perfect for the role they had. The direction was brilliant, Fiedel's score was incredible and gave the film a fantastic mood. The 'setpiece' scenes, such as the attack in Billy's room and the club seduction/abduction were so well done, no other so-called 'horror' film has come close for me. The effects are still brilliant today and beat the shit out of any CGI as far as I'm concerned. It's perfect. It can't be remade better. The only way to make a film that can be positively regarded is to take the concept and move it into the 'real' world, have Sarandon pulled back in as himself....it'd bring added weight to the original in hindsight and could make his "Welcome to Fright Night....for real" line a setpiece in the new movie. I don't dislike the idea of Yelchin in the new movie, but the fact he's been cast as Charlie shows they've thrown out the real world/Sarandon idea and are simply remaking the original. Based on that, it'll fail. It'll make decent box office I've no doubt, but compared to the original it's going to be heartbreaking. You can't catch lightning in a bottle twice. It'll be a moderate success moneywise, but it'll be a complete failure as a movie. You can't improve upon perfection.

  • April 7, 2010, 8:56 a.m. CST

    This is Aintitshitnews right??? Though I'm not surprised.

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    As a story hook, it's sooo fuckin solid. A horror movie fan who has a vampire move next door is like the greatest, most obvious setup ever. <p> Still, whilst the original nailed it, this will probably suck ass..... Much like Stephen Geoffreys now. <p> 'larf larf chortle chortle'

  • April 7, 2010, 9:01 a.m. CST

    Yeah... What Hint_of_Smegma said.

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    However Smegma. He might not have the chops for it compared to Sarandon, but I was thinking the same shit but with Ragsdale. Imagine his weariness. It's been years since Hermans Head. His only flame of fame is Fright Night Fests and at one a crazy ass kid shows up. The next day the kids girlfriend and best mate rock up with some cash and a sweet, easy gig. <p> I guess it's best to point out that I'm quite drunk and have an intense love for Fright Night. Even(to a lesser extent) part 2.

  • April 7, 2010, 9:09 a.m. CST

    It's interesting that Stephen Geoffrey's became a gay pornstar

    by BumLove

    In the film Fright Night, it's hinted that Evil is picked on, and that's what Dandridge says when he lures him into his fold before biting him on the neck, that they won't pick on him anymore for being "different". We are never shown him picked on, but you get the feeling that there's something unspoken going on with Evil that he's being picked on for. Because he seems like a scrappy little dude who wouldn't get picked on as much as Charlie...but Dandridge almost seems to seduce him. Lots of gay undertones.

  • April 7, 2010, 9:11 a.m. CST

    McLovin' for the role of Evil

    by BumLove

    I could see it.

  • April 7, 2010, 9:14 a.m. CST

    This is a great talkback

    by Sparhawk38

    Great casting suggestions throughout. The original is a classic even, but the kind of classic the is perfect for a remake. This really could be great.

  • April 7, 2010, 9:15 a.m. CST

    Sarah Michelle Geller

    by freerangecelt

    would be inspired casting...and make a statement on how Hollywood is obsessed by age. She's a washed up horror actress at age...33? I'd like to see it.

  • April 7, 2010, 9:16 a.m. CST

    Thank you, spud!

    by Darkman

    Everything you said about CHARLIE BARTLETT...absolutely true. <br><br> And while I think we should keep him off the typecasting wagon, it's nice to see that people share my idea of McLovin as Evil Ed.

  • April 7, 2010, 9:17 a.m. CST

    Nomoredirty.......you're right.

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    It's a variation on the theme that'd definately fit, and work really well - Ragsdale is actually a very good actor when he's given the chance to shine. To be fair to him he put in a much better performance in FN2 than he did in the first....so yeah, he's no Chris Sarandon but at the same time, I'd be over the moon if he was the focus of the new film. It's desperately sad they're just remaking it after all. I've no hope for it, no enthusiasm, only sad resignation that the one good idea that could have had this film standing alongside the original has been thrown out. It's a massive missed opportunity to create a great film, and something for us vamp fans to look forward to in this age of twinkling fop fangless wonders. Props to you for showing love to Fright Night 2, as well. It wasn't as good as the original, but it was fantastic in it's own way - seeing Charlie and Peter together again was wonderful even then. Both those movies get played at my house 5 or 6 times a year. Love them completely. I really do hate the constant negativity in talkbacks - I'm guilty of it too from time to time, but we do go overboard on the shitcalling on this site - but in this instance, I'll jump in feet first. If this is a remake and not a 'real world' sequel, then FUCK THIS FILM.

  • April 7, 2010, 9:24 a.m. CST

    I agree the movie shouldn't be remade,

    by Cobb05

    But it's happening. The wheels are in motion, so there's nothing we can do. So we can only hope for the best. I love the original movie. I do think there are some things that can be improved upon. I think the character of Amy could've been written better and I would've liked to have seen a little more vampire "Evil". Also i think they could've done a little more with Billy Cole. So there is a chance this can be a good movie. But it really all hangs on the casting of Dandridge and Peter Vincent. I'm sure they'll get good people though.

  • April 7, 2010, 9:27 a.m. CST

    And maybe instead of Charley's mom

    by freerangecelt

    he's living with his dad, who is played by Bruce Campbell. The whole movie could be peppered by cameos of horror/B movie actors.

  • April 7, 2010, 9:32 a.m. CST

    Not to hate on other people's casting ideas.....

    by BumLove

    ....but stuffing the film full of actors like Sarah Michelle Gellar and Bruce Campbell would be too much of a distraction for my liking, and would make it an entirely different type of movie. Those actors already have so much history with their own genres and characters that it would take the film in too many different directions and not be a Fright Night movie. The remake itself may not even be a Fright Night movie and just be another awful bastardization....but if Hollywood attempts remakes, they should craft them right in terms of story, characters, and casting...instead of filling the screen with as much crowd-pleasing demographic bait as possible.

  • April 7, 2010, 9:47 a.m. CST

    Jamie Lee Curtis as Vincent

    by A_Banned_Apart

    --although I love Christopher Lee and Shatner as possibilities as well.

  • April 7, 2010, 9:48 a.m. CST

    Sarah Michelle Gellar is too old

    by Cobb05

    Anton Yelchin would not be dating Sarah Michelle Gellar. They's want someone in her late teens/early 20's. She's almost mid 30's. And the only role Bruce could maybe play is Billy Cole. And I don't think he's be right. And someone talked about Charlie's mom becoming a dad. You need him to live with his mom cause she would fall for Dandridge's charm. A father would ge suspicious. Also the scene where he might be killing the mom in her bedroom would not work with a father. Well, not as well.

  • April 7, 2010, 9:52 a.m. CST

    If SMG gets involved in anyway....

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    ...or for that matter any 'actor' (and I use that word in it's lossest fucking form) from Buffy the Vampire Layer gets involved in anything that bears the name Fright Night, I swear I'll work night and day, I'll retrain in nuclear physics, gain degrees in all sorts of applied sciences - and when I'm done, when I've all the knowledge I need, I'll construct a total annihalation device and destroy the world. I shit you not. If anyone from that fucking awful, irredeemably stupid show is in anyway associated with the name Fright Night - even a watered down bastard version of Fright Night as this will be - you're all doomed. All of you.

  • April 7, 2010, 9:54 a.m. CST

    lossest?? Loosest. That's the rage getting to me.

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    See what this news is doing to me? Shitty remake of the greatest vampire flick ever and Hint is fuming. Mention Sarah Michelle Gellar alongside it and I want to kill something. I'll have to settle for eating a biscuit and having a nice cup of tea, I suppose.

  • April 7, 2010, 10:01 a.m. CST

    Hint of Smegma....thank you for saying it

    by BumLove

    I was trying to be polite. But yes, Buffy fans should petition Whedon to give them a Buffy movie...but I'd rather not have her infiltrate other movies.

  • April 7, 2010, 10:02 a.m. CST

    the only problem with a Fright Night remake..

    by Knox

    you have to have faith to make it work.

  • April 7, 2010, 10:06 a.m. CST

    Lucas Black as Evil Ed.

    by OgreYouAsshole

  • April 7, 2010, 10:08 a.m. CST

    Bumlove...you're welcome.

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    But don't worry about being polite to Whedon fans - you have to be as direct as possible. They're only capable of processing any information if its banged over their head in as obvious and repetitive a way as possible. Hence their love for Whedon's pathetic writing. It fucking sickens me that we're even having to be reminded of that abomination of a show in a Fright Night talkback. Even a talkback about a creatively bankrupt remake of the original. And Knox, my faith for this left me when I read the words "Anton Yelchin cast as CHARLIE BREWSTER". There's no hope now friend, no hope at all.

  • April 7, 2010, 10:35 a.m. CST

    shat would be good as vincent

    by FleshMachine

    good call...great film.

  • April 7, 2010, 10:36 a.m. CST

    SAM WORTHINGTON AS JERRY DANDRIGE!

    by MANNZILLA

    SAM WORTHINGTON AS PETER VINCENT IN A DUEL ROLE!!! SAM WORTHINGTON AS EVERY ROLE FROM NOW ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • April 7, 2010, 10:38 a.m. CST

    Christoph Waltz ..yeah.

    by FleshMachine

    cool choice but he would have to do a different accent than he did in IB

  • April 7, 2010, 10:43 a.m. CST

    To add to the Chris Sarandon / real world route

    by Nice Marmot

    They could first show him at a convention. There could be a million douches in line yelling "Humperdink, Humperdink, Humperdink!" He'd be sitting there w/ this defeated rock bottom look on his face. And then the NEW kid approaches him about a big problem he's having . . .

  • April 7, 2010, 10:45 a.m. CST

    Ben Foster as Evil Ed

    by dancetothebeatofthelivingdead

    He's such a good actor that he'd be believable on both sides of the character arc. Also, it would force the movie to go a little bit darker than the original and beef up Ed's role; the only point that I thought the original didn't deliver on.

  • April 7, 2010, 10:46 a.m. CST

    Yelchin? That puts my ass in a seat right there.

    by SmokingRobot

    He's an awesome actor.

  • April 7, 2010, 10:54 a.m. CST

    casting suggestions

    by El Cimarron

    I agree with Lucas Black as Evil Ed. <p> Christopher Waltz as Vincent <p> Billy Zane as Jerry <p> Ellen Page as Amy <p> who's up for the role of Jerry's lap dog?

  • April 7, 2010, 11:07 a.m. CST

    Just curious...

    by rutgersjaffo

    Has anyone pointed out that the guy who played the role of his buddy Evil in the original left Hollywood to make tranny porn? True story... http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0313267/

  • April 7, 2010, 11:16 a.m. CST

    Every casting suggestion so far has been like..

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    ...a vicious stab to my heart. ELLEN PAGE??? BEN FOSTER???? Why not go the whole hog and simply use stop-motion turds to cast the whole thing, Savage Steve Holland style. How utterly depressing. No Will Ragsdale or Chris Sarandon, no fucking movie as far as I'm concerned. And yes, I am going to rant about this one a lot. So you all know.

  • April 7, 2010, 11:21 a.m. CST

    Ian Holm as Peter Vincent

    by jawsfan

    .... and Joel Gretsch as Jerry Dandridge. Or maybe Jeremy Renner. Or Sam Rockwell.

  • April 7, 2010, 11:25 a.m. CST

    How about a female Jerry Dandridge? Krista Allen, anyone?

    by jawsfan

    Dandridge could still seduce a young lesbian girl like in the original....!!

  • April 7, 2010, 11:36 a.m. CST

    i can see the ending now...

    by Bouncy X

    the good guys prevail and destroy the vampire and his zombie buddy. then the kid and his girlfriend are making out and it turns out she was turned and she bites and kills him, fade to black. sure i'm sorta stealing from Bordello of Blood but i can so see them doing that.

  • April 7, 2010, 11:51 a.m. CST

    Krista Allen

    by A_Banned_Apart

    I'm a, er, fan of her "work", but I think her playing Dandridge would come off a bit too "Bordello Of Blood" for my tastes.

  • April 7, 2010, 12:04 p.m. CST

    Krista Allen

    by jawsfan

    Her "work" aside, the whole point would be for the lesbian seduction scene. I don't have Cinemax anymore, so I gotta look elsewhere.

  • April 7, 2010, 12:05 p.m. CST

    Bill Nighy and Colin Firth

    by Turd Furgeson

    Make it happen! Let firth flex his muscles as the wise cracking bad guy for a change.. But I like almost any of the above suggestions.

  • April 7, 2010, 12:16 p.m. CST

    Billy Zane and Dandridge??

    by grendel69

    I hate this movie is being remade but have to say I like that choice. Peter Vincent. Shatner, Rickman... how about Michael Beihn(getting up there in age),Michael Caine, Jeff Bridges,Geoffrey Rush,John Hurt,Willem Dafoe... so many choices, its hard to screw this one up. As a 14 year old, I loved the FX in this movie. I agree a old school approach to this would be cool. Maybe mix it with CGI instead of solely relying on it. Im sure they will fuck this movie up royally.

  • April 7, 2010, 12:16 p.m. CST

    Nathan Fillion as Dandridge

    by Amazing Maurice

    Fucking AWESOME choice there wackybantha.<p>In other talkback, someone mentioned Anthony Head as Peter Vincent. That would be great too. Or maybe Patrick Stewart.

  • April 7, 2010, 12:19 p.m. CST

    Sam Worthington in all roles!

    by jarjarmessiah

    A tour De Force!

  • April 7, 2010, 12:21 p.m. CST

    And another thing. Fright Night's movie poster?

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    Best movie poster ever. When I saw it as a late teen hung at my cinema, I absolutely HAD to see the movie. At the time it was beautiful and terrifying at the same time...evoked an atmosphere of deep love for the movie even before I'd seen it. Can't say I've ever felt that from an advertising poster before or since. And listen to that Brad Fiedel score....oh fuck that's incredible stuff. Just listen to it....couldn't be more perfect. AND THEY THROW MARTI NOXON AT THE REMAKE!!!!!! How totally inappropriate - my excrement could write a better script. Jeez I'm getting more and more angry the more I hear about this remake.

  • April 7, 2010, 12:36 p.m. CST

    Still looking for the original's soundtrack.

    by OgreYouAsshole

    More difficult to find than Donnie Darko's.

  • April 7, 2010, 12:39 p.m. CST

    Middled aged lady-killer? No one has said Jon Hamm yet?

    by skimn

    He definately can play humorous-menacing.

  • April 7, 2010, 12:50 p.m. CST

    Christopher Waltz as Vincent

    by Riff_Randell

    Um, FOR THE LAT TIME... it's CHRISTOPH Waltz, not Christopher. People, get it right.

  • April 7, 2010, 12:54 p.m. CST

    Dandridge, I've said it before..David Warner

    by skimn

    But Alan Rickman in full Galaxy Quest smarm would work perhaps even better. Virginal-ish girlfriend? The girl on Community and Mad Men...Alison Brie. Find a cameo for Christopher Lee and Dick Miller just for the Joe Dante fun of it.

  • April 7, 2010, 12:56 p.m. CST

    Dandridge..I mean Peter Vincent

    by skimn

    ..duh..

  • April 7, 2010, 12:56 p.m. CST

    Oh Yeah Smegma.Best Poster Ever!!!

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    I had a 6 foot high Cardboard Standup. In a housefire, it was one of my greatest personal losses...

  • April 7, 2010, 12:58 p.m. CST

    Dick Miller's gotta say,

    by skimn

    "Vampires!..They're like goddamn cocka-roaches, you can never get rid of them..."

  • April 7, 2010, 1:01 p.m. CST

    skimn....Alison Brie is a great choice

    by BumLove

    Nice.

  • April 7, 2010, 1:09 p.m. CST

    Ageed: billy zane as Jerry Also

    by joker40

    seth green as evil ed..

  • April 7, 2010, 1:12 p.m. CST

    Nomoredirty.....condolences man. That must've hurt.

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    Would have loved one if those, sorry you lost it. I've got a 5' tall poster of it in my cinema room, the colour on it is a bit off though. Still, the guy that designed that? Minor god. At least.

  • April 7, 2010, 1:17 p.m. CST

    Ogreyouasshole....soundtrack

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    If you want it post your email. Have had it for years and can solve your problem - no fees involved. Hate not being able to get hold of a movie soundtrack, had the same problem for years with the 1988 The Blob soundtrack (desperately wanted the end credits Brave New Love by Alien). Solved that little problem via the interweb, glorious thing that it is. Can solve yours too.

  • April 7, 2010, 1:26 p.m. CST

    Joe Dante should direct this fucker

    by palimpsest

    Another thought for Peter Vincent: Stephen Fry. Mind you, now CHARLIE BARTLETT's been invoked, why not get Robert Downey Jr for Dandridge? If they an afford him these days....

  • April 7, 2010, 1:30 p.m. CST

    Remember how shit FRIGHT NIGHT PART II was?

    by palimpsest

    Just saying...

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  • April 7, 2010, 1:53 p.m. CST

    Billy Cole??

    by skimn

    I know he's a bit too old for the role, but I can only see Gary Cole playing him...

  • April 7, 2010, 2:37 p.m. CST

    I never watched the sequel.

    by Nice Marmot

    Based on the previews alone. Sounds like I chose wisely.

  • April 7, 2010, 2:55 p.m. CST

    Ignore the naysayers, Marmot.

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    The sequel was a lot of fun. It couldn't be as good as the original, but it's a damn site better than this remake will be, I can tell you that now.

  • April 7, 2010, 3:26 p.m. CST

    People missing the point on S M Gellar...

    by spud mcspud

    The idea is that she is a FEMALE Peter Vincent figure - so instead of Vincent, we have Sarah Michelle Gellar playing herself as a washed-up star for whom the last big thing she did onscreen was CRUEL INTENTIONS. She'd be a bitter late-night TV host (or, more likely, a web series host) riffing off her BUFFY past to keep her dwindling bunch of viewers watching. I'm not saying its perfect - hell, this generation won't fucking get what made FRIGHT NIGHT so good since they're all too fucking young to remember Hammer Horror, which Roddy's Peter Vincent is obviously affectionately linked with (I like to think they cast Roddy McDowell because Peter Cushing was already dead) - but if you must lose that awesome link with 70s vampire movies, and make this shit-awful remake for today's audience, the nearest comparison to Peter Vincent being a Hammer Horror star is to have Gellar as a 90s TV star. <P> Or just not make the fucking thing, which would be MY personal preference...

  • April 7, 2010, 3:30 p.m. CST

    No-one's missing the point, Spud.

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    She's just terrible though, and it makes me physically sick even thinking she has ever watched Fright Night, let alone could be involved in a remake so thank fuck it's just fantasy casting. There's a reason she's washed up, and I can do without the irony of that plot point if it means we get a credible actor in the role instead of a hack only famous because horny guys wanted to see her tits fall out while she was doing karate.

  • April 7, 2010, 3:32 p.m. CST

    Billy Zane?

    by SunTzu77

    LOL. I guess they could alter the mirror sequence... make it so Billy Zane doesn't cast a reflection off his own bald head.

  • April 7, 2010, 3:33 p.m. CST

    Mrs Spud-To-Be called the right Amy!!

    by spud mcspud

    AMBER HEARD!!<P> I am sold on that.

  • April 7, 2010, 3:39 p.m. CST

    palimpsest

    by spud mcspud

    FRIGHT NIGHT 2 was the first movie I ever saw at the cinema under-age. That's like calling a man's first girlfriend ugly!<P> Watch yourself, mister. FRIGHT NIGHT 2 was the SHIT back in the day! What do we have these days??<P> TWILIGHT. Yep, emo bitches that twinkle in sunlight, for fuck's sake...

  • April 7, 2010, 3:45 p.m. CST

    Smegma - you see my point, though...

    by spud mcspud

    This generation is way too young to get the whole connection between Peter Vincent and his 70s Hammer Horror past and Charlie's love for contemporary horror gradually understanding Peter and HIS past by living through having, in effect, a 70s Hammer Horror vampire move in next door. The generation this movie is being remade for won't have even HEARD of Hammer Horror. And they REALLY won't get that the name Peter Vincent is a combination of Peter Cushing and Vincent Price, two of the most prolific Hammer actors of the time.<P> Yes, the SMG idea is shit... but the closest, I think, that this generation would get to the same comparison in the original.<P> To be honest, if they ARE going with the Hammer Horror comparison anyway, you could do worse than David Warner. And I LOVED the Shatner idea. But what about... JEFFREY COMBS AS PETER VINCENT??<P> JEFFREY fucking COMBS. That ROCKS...

  • April 7, 2010, 3:51 p.m. CST

    Here's something out there....

    by spud mcspud

    ...Kiefer Sutherland as Dandridge?<P> Doesn't have the eyes to drown in, but DOES have an exceptionally cool voice, WAS also one of the most iconic 80s vampires in one of the best vampire movies of the 80s, AND can act. Kiefer Sutherland!!

  • April 7, 2010, 3:54 p.m. CST

    Mrs Spud-To-Be calles me on it again...

    by spud mcspud

    Scrap Sutherland - JASON FUCKING PATRIC for Jerry Dandridge.<P> We're getting there...

  • April 7, 2010, 3:54 p.m. CST

    ALISON LOHMAN as AMY

    by El Post-Modern Anchor-Baby

    aaaaand Aaron Yoo as "Evil" Ed. Katey Sagal as Charlie's Mom. ??? as Peter Vincent >___<

  • April 7, 2010, 3:55 p.m. CST

    Spud....Jeffrey Combs is indeed fantastic, but not right for thi

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    Weyoun, amongst his other work, was a genius villain. However I just can't see him in Fright Night. And yes, I do of course see where you're coming from with the SMG thing, I just can't bear to think of anyone who acted in friggin' Buffy being involved with the Fright Night name. I mean, how disrespectful. Fucking awful.

  • April 7, 2010, 4:03 p.m. CST

    Spud's FRIGHT NIGHT fantasy cast:

    by spud mcspud

    Charlie Brewster: Anton Yelchin. They at least got THAT right.<P> Amy: Amber Heard. Drab her down initially, vamp her up for the climax. And she loves making horror movies.<P> Evil Ed: Will have to get back to you on that. But NOT fucking McLovin', that IS for sure.<P> Peter Vincent: Jeffrey Fucking Combs. The MAN in 80s schlock horror.<P> Jerry Dandridge: Jason Patric.<P> Billy Cole: Ron Perlman. Mute.

  • April 7, 2010, 4:07 p.m. CST

    Smegma - THE FRIGHTENERS made me think of Combs...

    by spud mcspud

    If he could carry off the scaredy-cat side of things, he'd be great, I think. But I see your point - he's more known for the villains he's played. Though I maintain Dr Herbert West is merely misunderstood...<P> But yeah, I too shudder at a Buffy connection. I'm hoping they just don't bother making it...

  • April 7, 2010, 4:09 p.m. CST

    Alison Lohman? Hmm.

    by spud mcspud

    Amber Heard is definitely hotter, though. And if she can play Seth Rogen's - Seth fucking Fozzie Bear Rogen's!! - girlfriend, she'd DEFINITELY play Yelchin's.

  • April 7, 2010, 4:10 p.m. CST

    Billy Zane?

    by BumLove

    Yikes. It's apparently by some of the really awful casting choices made here...this might defy the odds and be good...or a really, really awful remake to join the heap. Casting alone might be the deciding factor...with so many other factors to help sink the ship.

  • April 7, 2010, 4:11 p.m. CST

    Jason Patric? Sarah Michelle?

    by BumLove

    Some of you are picking out trash from the garbage dump of washed up actors.

  • April 7, 2010, 4:13 p.m. CST

    Kiefer Sutherland has only one thing in common....

    by BumLove

    ....with Jerry Dandridge. They both need to stay out of the sun....he's starting to look like leatherface. But no....hell no...not Sutherland. You might as well go with Charlie Sheen, then.

  • April 7, 2010, 4:15 p.m. CST

    BumLove - Have you even seen NARC?

    by spud mcspud

    Jason Patric may be many things - private, off the radar, not exactly prolific - but a washed-up actor he is not. Arguably, he's one of the best of his generation. Try again.<P> Agreed on SMG, though. She'd be cast manily for the Buffy baggage above any actual acting talent she allegedly possessed...

  • April 7, 2010, 4:20 p.m. CST

    AMY isn't supposed to be "Hot."

    by El Post-Modern Anchor-Baby

    She's supposed to be cute but ultimately boring and vulnerable, that is until Dandridge gives her some of his vampire-stds and BECOMES a "hot" version of herself. Alison Lohman has the potential to be both.

  • April 7, 2010, 4:20 p.m. CST

    I don't know...I know everybody loves this guy but...

    by Darth Macchio

    ..this guy is one of those actors who never enunciates their speech with an actual pause between words. Not CapnKirk or Chris Walken pauses mind you but Yelchin just opens his mouth and enunciates a string of sounds that make up words but he basically connects every spoken word with a thread of sound. Brewster (Ragsdale) didn't sound like that at all unless he was scared in FN.<p>Yes, this is reaching or minutia bullshit and I'm sure this guy will be ok or I hope...but the remake-plague is creeping ever closer to the movies most near and dear to my (our?) hearts and I just question the need to remake or prequelize/sequalize things like FrightNight, The Thing, Big Trouble, EFNY, Blade Runner, Alien/s, Terminator, etc, etc....<p>Even to the point of the speech patterns of the actors chosen to play key roles in those wonderful films of our memory/youth/whatever.<p>Point of fact, I think if Yelchin could pull off geeky excitement, he could easily be Evil Ed but I think someone less "laid back" seeming needs to be Charlie Brewster...someone more 'spazzy' or more hyper than Yelchin has acted in all the roles I've seen him perform.<p>Is Paul Dano too old? He'd probably be perfect if no one else...

  • April 7, 2010, 4:22 p.m. CST

    Narc came out in 2002

    by BumLove

    Where is he now? He's very old...and he looks very weathered. He doesn't have the look of an ageless vampire...he looks like a balding husband of five kids. Just because he has that vampire connection with Lost Boys doesn't make him a good fit. <p> He might have some acting talent....I just disagree with the fit for this role.

  • April 7, 2010, 4:29 p.m. CST

    So we're casting are we...?

    by Darth Macchio

    Charlie Brewster: Paul Dano<p> Amy: Allison Lohman<p> Evil Ed: Anton Yelchin<p> Peter Vincent: Frank Langella (can you imagine?)<p> Jerry Dandridge: Mark Strong or maybe even George Clooney is he's capable of character acting (which he's probably not)..Strong is tho and he'd be excellent.<p> Billy Cole: Paul Bettany? Maybe Patrick Wilson?

  • April 7, 2010, 4:32 p.m. CST

    Frank Langella? MAGNIFICENT!

    by spud mcspud

    One of the best onscreen DRACULAs EVER.

  • April 7, 2010, 4:41 p.m. CST

    Ray Romano as Jerry Dandridge

    by BumLove

    And Kevin James as Billy Cole. <p> I give up.

  • April 7, 2010, 5:08 p.m. CST

    Isn't there a handsome, middle-aged actor . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . who can bring the menace, that ISN'T a big name? Like an up and comer who's on the verge? Wasn't Sarandon a no name when he played Dandridge? I've only seen him in 2 other movies, 'Dog Day Afternoon' and 'Princess Bride.' I think you'd only need a good veteran thesp to play Peter Vincent.

  • April 7, 2010, 5:12 p.m. CST

    I so want the kid seeking out Sarandon's help

    by Nice Marmot

    That idea just gets me going and a plain old remake just does NOTHING for me. I'm also liking a female vampire this time. I'm thinking a comeback for Michelle Pfeiffer. I swear, pleasing a modern audience AND die hard fans as well wouldn't take rocket surgery.

  • April 7, 2010, 5:28 p.m. CST

    Marmot....female vamp won't work.

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    They did that as good as they could in FN2, and in Vamp. They're just not as threatening. Sarandon had it all, best onscreen vamp ever. No-one will ever top that. The only hope this film had was the kid seeking out Sarandon or Ragsdale idea, it's the only way this movie would have stood on it's own and had the potential to be a bad-ass vampire film - something seriously hardcore and yet respectful of the original. This remake will be watered down, with too many fucking winks to the camera and post-Whedon oh-so-smart-ass dialogue - think Jennifer's Body with a vampire. The more we find out about this movie as it's time gets near, the more a bit of me will die inside. Fuck this film.

  • April 7, 2010, 5:34 p.m. CST

    Peter Cushing as Peter Vincent

    by PinkFloyd7

    Ok, he's dead, so what? That's what CGI is for.

  • April 7, 2010, 5:57 p.m. CST

    Alec Baldwin as Peter Vincent, Jude law as Dandridge...

    by TOJO4042

    Then you add Josh Hartnett as the zombie/guard dude...

  • April 7, 2010, 6:53 p.m. CST

    Nice Marmot

    by skimn

    Thats why I mentioned Jon Hamm. He's in his mid to upper '30s, handsome, can wear clothes well, can play menacing and humorous, and outside of Mad Men fans and AICN, is not well known.

  • April 7, 2010, 7:04 p.m. CST

    ROBERT ENGLUND as PETER VINCENT

    by El Post-Modern Anchor-Baby

    Keeping in mind Spud McSpud's "This generation is way too young to get the whole connection between Peter Vincent and his 70s Hammer Horror past" theory,(which is true btw) i wanna take it a bit further and say that the remake should pay homage to '80s Horror, the same way the original payed homage to '70s Hammer films. Hence my choice of Robert Englund for Peter Vincent.

  • April 7, 2010, 7:23 p.m. CST

    Yet another classic for Hollywood to rape.

    by Violator90

    It shouldn’t be rehashed. The original is a classic fun horror movie. But sadly it’s getting made. But it does have the potential of being a great movie—IF! And it’s a big IF it’s handled with respect, which I really hope they do. But they got Brewster already so it’s no stopping it now. It’s a safe bet that it’s going to end up just like all the other rehashed version of classic horror movies. . . a steaming pile of shit. I’m really tired of all these “remake/re-imagine” shit! There ARE some good ideas floating around, it’s just that the fucking studios are too chicken shit to take a risk. <p> But just imagining of a remake with people that would actually fit the roles and do some justice to the original is actually fun. Something that we haven’t been actually able to do with the majority of these craptastic rehashes. So here are my 2 cents: <p> I think Crispin Glover or Bill Nighy for Peter Vincent would actually be great. But the idea of making the mentor a woman is probably the best idea. Getting some one to fill the shoes of Roddy is really going to be the problem. So changing Peter Vincent into Pamela Vincent is awesome. The spirit of Roddy’s performance would be maintained but with a twist. Sarah Michelle Gellar or Charisma Carpenter would be nice, but some one mentioned the real Queen of Horror (and how I forgot about her is a sin but) Elvira as the mentor. NOW that would guarantee me at the theater! It wound just be cake to see Elvira back on the big sceen. But having Jamie Lee Curtis would be joygasmic. Billy Zane as Jerry Dandridge. Perfect. IndustryKiller, I was thinking the same thing. DEMON KNIGHTS was one of Zane’s best performance. Every one in that move was awesome! Plus we got to see a pre-Smith Jada Pikett in her undies! And McLovin as Evil Ed. . . Brilliant. I can totally see him as Evil Ed.

  • April 7, 2010, 7:27 p.m. CST

    Come to me is nice

    by Gozu

    but it's got nothing on "Good Man in a Bad Time."

  • April 7, 2010, 7:42 p.m. CST

    Clooney only works as Dandridge if...

    by palimpsest

    Tarantino plays Evil Ed and Harvey Keitel is Peter Vincent. There's a part for all the FROM DUSK TILL DAWN gang in there somewhere.

  • April 7, 2010, 7:44 p.m. CST

    If we're doing ex-Draculas: LOUIS JOURDAN

    by palimpsest

    An awesome Drac.

  • April 7, 2010, 8:23 p.m. CST

    Jeffrey Combs

    by Geekgasm

    as Peter Vincent works for me like a Mexican. And Billy Zane always makes me throbby in the pants. I approve. Who cares who plays the chick. Women are inferior.

  • April 7, 2010, 8:27 p.m. CST

    'Good Man in a Bad Time':

    by TedKordLives

    Greatest song ever recorded?

  • April 7, 2010, 8:27 p.m. CST

    I'll tossing and turning tonight thinking about the casting of C

    by OgreYouAsshole

    Pivotal, pivotal, pivotal.

  • April 7, 2010, 8:28 p.m. CST

    ... Charlie's Mom

    by OgreYouAsshole

  • April 7, 2010, 8:31 p.m. CST

    @ spud mcspud

    by Geekgasm

    For the record, Vincent Price was not in Hammer films. He is 60s/70s horror movies were American International Pictures (AIP). THe two Hammer biggies were Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. Who, sadly, are too dead and too old (respectively) to play Peter Vincent, but either would be awesome. And so would Vincent Price. If he weren't also dead.

  • April 7, 2010, 8:35 p.m. CST

    Tom Atkins as Peter Vincent

    by OgreYouAsshole

    Shit, why didn't I think of him earlier? Seems so obvious now. Good job Ogre.

  • April 7, 2010, 8:39 p.m. CST

    Charlie's Mom WAS great in the first one.

    by TedKordLives

    She brought way more to the role than was required, and I'd like to thank her for that right now. <P> Thanks, Charlie's Mom.

  • April 7, 2010, 9:21 p.m. CST

    Nice try tho, Xen11.

    by TedKordLives

  • April 7, 2010, 9:25 p.m. CST

    Ok, here it is.

    by OgreYouAsshole

    Tom Atkins - Peter Vincent Lucas Black - Evil Ed Daniel Day Lewis - Jerry Dandridge Jessica Alba - Amy Frank Stallone - Charlie's mom

  • April 7, 2010, 10 p.m. CST

    Is Ed Norton too old to play Evil Ed?

    by BumLove

    How about Ed Norton for Billy Cole, then?

  • April 7, 2010, 10:04 p.m. CST

    My two cents...

    by Cadillac Jones

    Jerry Dandridge - Julian McMahon Evil Ed - Ben Foster Amy - Ellen Page Peter Vincent - Pete Postlethwaite BAM!

  • April 7, 2010, 10:17 p.m. CST

    Okay, here's my list based on the best of this talkback:

    by BumLove

    Evil Ed: Lucas Black has the look...he'll do...though I would love a younger Ed Norton in that role.... <p> Peter Vincent: Ian McKellan <p> Amy: Alison Brie <p> Jerry Dandridge: Christoph Waltz <p> Billy Cole: Ed Norton, Crispin Glover, Keanu Reeves....surprise me. A bit of stunt casting for the Billy role wouldn't hurt as long as they are willing to downplay and give the same understated performance of the original Billy. Even Kevin Spacey would be a trip as Billy Cole.

  • April 7, 2010, 10:44 p.m. CST

    And play some old RaTT on the soundtrack

    by BumLove

  • April 7, 2010, 11:56 p.m. CST

    Yelchin fucking sucks!

    by Horace Cox

    This kid is awful in everything. True story.

  • April 8, 2010, 5:15 a.m. CST

    Actually...I must admit....

    by BumLove

    ...I do like the idea mentioned by some of you to have Christopher Lee as Peter Vincent. At first it didn't sit well because I'm used to seeing him as the villain, but then that's what would be so great...is to see him pull off Peter Vincent and root for him as the vampire killer....it would be something.

  • April 8, 2010, 6:36 a.m. CST

    NO PETER VINCENT CHARACTER IN RE-MAKE

    by TobenTheDwarf

    Instead, it's a really cheesy Criss Angel style magician. I wish I were kidding. It's horrible.

  • April 8, 2010, 6:43 a.m. CST

    Eddie Murphy should play all of the roles.

    by OgreYouAsshole

  • April 8, 2010, 7:52 a.m. CST

    Why do they have to rape my childhood

    by templar

    Why is it that every schmuck in Hollywood (nowdays) HAS to remake EVERY MOVIE that came out in the 80's Whatever happened to the ORIGINAL IDEA. And John Hamm as Jerry Dandridge

  • April 8, 2010, 7:56 a.m. CST

    Did anyone notice

    by templar

    That when Chris Sarandon had those fangs in, he spluttered every word that came out of his mouth. He sounded like a stroke victim (and no offence to stroke victims) Aimeeeeee, Umm yore maasterrrr Aimee (coughblechsplittle) Loved the movie though

  • April 8, 2010, 8:02 a.m. CST

    Haha templar....It was like Sylvester the Cat

    by BumLove

    "You havth thoo havth faith...thoo make that workth.....Mistherrrrr Vincenthhhhhhhhh.....thuffering thukethashhhhhhhhh"

  • April 8, 2010, 8:28 a.m. CST

    Geoffrey Rush could be good as Peter too.

    by Mr Nicholas

  • April 8, 2010, 8:59 a.m. CST

    This talk back has turned into...

    by SunTzu77

    ...a casting hell hole. The thing is this remake can't take itself seriously... that's why my choices were... Charlie Brewster - Jay Baruchel (great with deadpan delivery and comedy)... or better yet... I like Nicholas D'Agosto and Jesse Bradford as well; Jerry Dandrige - Robert Downey Jr. (great with comedies and great with line delivery... ala sherlock... iron man... and tropic thunder); Amy Peterson - Ellen Page (great with deadpan delivery and comedy); Peter Vincent needs to be a fraidy cat... like the original... a bit of a klutz as well... I can personally picture Steve Carell with grey hair... or Christoph Waltz. Ian McKellan and Frank Langella are too high brow. "Evil" Ed Thompson is hard for me... maybe Clark Duke could be obnoxious... I don't know. I picture the character being obnoxious like Stifler from American Pie... I can't think of an actor atm who can pull that off.

  • April 8, 2010, 10:25 a.m. CST

    I don't know what to think of Anton Yelchin

    by AsimovLives

    All the movies i have seen him were two terrible movies in which the poor guy was very poorly direct, TERMINATOR SALVATION and FRAUD TREK. I really can't tell if he's some special talented new guy to watch for or if he's just another over-hyped anoying young IT boy.

  • April 8, 2010, 11:13 a.m. CST

    Fraud Trek? Give me a break, Asimov.

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    I've been a massive Trek fan since I was a kid, with the exception of Voyager naturally. If ever the moniker Fraud Trek could be hung on something, that'd be the genuine candidate, not a pretty terrific Star Trek film that knocks the shit out of every Trek movie since the original cast hung up their uniforms. As to Yelchin, I think he's good and he did a good job as both Pavel and Kyle. He's not a problem inthe cast as far as I'm concerned, they just shouldn't have him as Charlie - have him as a 'real life' fan of Fright Night seeking Sarandon or Ragsdale because he's run into a 'real' vampire. That's the only way I can accept any of this.

  • April 8, 2010, 11:21 a.m. CST

    Hint_of_Smegma

    by AsimovLives

    Give ME a break!

  • April 8, 2010, 11:30 a.m. CST

    Can't do that, Asimov. It's for your own good.

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    Out of genuine curiosity, what was it you didn't like about the new trek movie?

  • April 8, 2010, 11:43 a.m. CST

    AsimovLives

    by skimn

    Tell me the truth. man. Did you once go by the screen name of Memories-Of-Murder? You write in a very similar style, and your quote that Bryce Howard was the only good thing Ron Howard produced is almost a direct quote of Memories.

  • April 8, 2010, 12:21 p.m. CST

    I loved the original and its sequel

    by ominus

    and i am not going to love this remake.

  • April 8, 2010, 12:25 p.m. CST

    Martin Landau should do Vincent

    by ominus

    since he did Lugosi in Ed Wood.i believe he would have been perfect for the role,unless he is too old now for this shit.

  • April 8, 2010, 1:52 p.m. CST

    The essence of the Peter Vincent character

    by gun_will_travel

    is a former B-film monster killer, 20 years past his prime, with questionable acting skills. How about filling the role with a 70s/80s actor like: Michael Douglas Roger Moore John Saxon Marc Singer Or if you wanted a guy who is really Roddy-like, I'd say Ian Holm.

  • April 10, 2010, 11:40 p.m. CST

    Xen11

    by Horace Cox

    Whatsa matter, I insult your little butt buddy?

  • April 16, 2010, 3:38 p.m. CST

    There's no such thing as monsters...

    by Master Bruce

    well, monster movie horror-fests on TV being hosted by d-list actors anyway. Sadly, they went out w/the 80s. So how in hell are they going to make Peter Vincent work for today's audience anyway?

  • April 25, 2010, 1:53 a.m. CST

    Felix Ryan as "EVIL ED"!!!!!

    by AnnaBanana

    Felix Ryan should totally play Evil Ed!!! He has the look definitely, very versatile and is a great actor!! Crazzzzyyyyy!! I <333 him and he was a great person to work with!!!

  • May 10, 2010, 9:48 p.m. CST

    COLIN FARREL CAST AS DANDRIDGE

    by ShiftyEyedDog2

    Quartermass called it first - confirmed now by Nikki at deadline.com