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A Clip From The FRIGHT NIGHT Remake!! Still No David Tennant??

Merrick here...

As part of its ramp-up to the 2011 MTV Movie Awards, MTV is featuring clips from a few anticipated (upcoming) movies.

They've brought a scene from the FRIGHT NIGHT remake online, featuring Colin Farrell's Jerry the Vampire mindfucking Anton Yelchin.

While I'm not particularly enthused about the concept of this remake on the whole, Farrell does look like he might work nicely in this role. But what I wanna know is: where the hell is David Tennant?


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  • May 31, 2011, 3:02 p.m. CST


    by Nick

  • May 31, 2011, 3:04 p.m. CST

    No Tennant in the trailer playing in theaters either

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    There's plenty of Farrell and Yelchin, and blowing up gas stoves and such. But not one frame of Tennant. The Peter Vincent character was intregal to the original. Is this now Disturbia with vampires?

  • May 31, 2011, 3:07 p.m. CST

    In fact the Horrible Bosses trailer followed soon after

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    the trailer for Fright Night, and seeing Farrell in his comb-over glory after his slick Jerry the vampire, made it that much more funny.

  • May 31, 2011, 3:10 p.m. CST

    I hope the keep the "nice gay couple" joke from the original.

    by cookylamoo

    It's what you'd think today about Dracula and Renfield living together.

  • May 31, 2011, 3:13 p.m. CST

    MERRICK - Farrell looks like he might work nicely??

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    Have you been seeing some clips we haven't? He looks bloody awful in this clip - one that's been out a while btw - it's virtually a parody of the mental chess Sarandon's Dandridge played with Charlie in the original. Good grief, nothing about this remake says it has any hope of even being watchable let alone "working nicely". And you want to know whay Tennant hasn't been shown yet? Because as usual he will be mind-bendingly awful and the producers are keeping the full horror of his performance hidden as much as possible before they get people into the theatres on opening weekend.

  • May 31, 2011, 3:13 p.m. CST

    I like Colin Farrel

    by Sardonic

    He's a pretty good actor that doesn't get his talents utilized by many directors.

  • May 31, 2011, 3:17 p.m. CST

    what is this obsession with David Tennant

    by D o o d

    he's the hammiest actor out there right now. Off course I'm only basing this on his Dr Who performance so it'll be good to see what he can do with a big movie role!

  • May 31, 2011, 3:17 p.m. CST

    tennant was in the trailer i saw before the hangover 2

    by knifetotheeye

    he was in the trailer i saw for a split second coverd in dirt and colin farrell was on the ceiling above him.

  • May 31, 2011, 3:21 p.m. CST

    D o o d -

    by john

    Saw Tennant in Hamlet, best night of my life. The guy has serious acting chops. Hope he gets the screen time he and Peter Vincent deserve.

  • May 31, 2011, 3:21 p.m. CST

    2:10 into the trailer is david tennant

    by knifetotheeye

  • May 31, 2011, 3:24 p.m. CST

    I hate it...... when actors... sound... like.... they're...

    by Robert79797979

    forgetting... their...lines. They could have just hired Brandon Routh, and it would have been natural.

  • May 31, 2011, 3:26 p.m. CST

    Yeah, Roddy McDowell pretty much MADE the original for me...

    by Blanket-Man

    Chris Sarandon made a cool vampire, and the Married With Children lesbian was kinda hot, but William Ragsdale was a bland Everykid. His buddy Evil Ed was by far the more interesting of that duo. But McDowell (as usual) rose above the material and turned a standard horror flick into a semi-classic. He goes from pompous and dismissive to cowering and cowardly to brave and heroic, and RM is convincing in each step. Tennant's absence from the trailers is a big ol' red flag for me - either the powers that be aren't confident in his place in the story to show it as a selling point, or the movie-makers themselves scaled back the involvement of Peter Vincent in the actual script. Either is bad news...

  • May 31, 2011, 3:41 p.m. CST

    by Arthur Canning

    I loves the comic book stuff I does, but Fright Night... ..can't wait.

  • May 31, 2011, 3:41 p.m. CST

    by Arthur Canning

    I loves the comic book stuff I does, but Fright Night... ..can't wait.

  • May 31, 2011, 3:42 p.m. CST

    Fright Night Remake

    by Arthur Canning

    I loves the comic book stuff I does, but Fright Night... ..can't wait.

  • May 31, 2011, 3:44 p.m. CST

    Tenant is in the trailer

    by Larry Frantzen

    I saw Tenant the first time I saw the trailer. He's not in his Peter Vincent get up but he's there.

  • May 31, 2011, 3:44 p.m. CST

    Fright Night Remake

    by Arthur Canning

    Farrell looks awesome..

  • May 31, 2011, 3:51 p.m. CST

    Colin Ferrell kicks ass.

    by Rev. Slappy

    In Bruges put me firmly on Team Colin.


  • May 31, 2011, 4:06 p.m. CST

    looks awesome

    by warrenE33

    recently went through the apple trailers page, making sure I'd caught up on everything. This Fright Night remake was the only thing that seemed like fun. ... If it bombs: then anton yelchin is cursed.?

  • May 31, 2011, 4:09 p.m. CST

    Any of you who thinks this shit looks awesome..

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    ...just stop watching movies. Seriously.

  • for Farrell, that scene looked pretty damn Sarandon-ish. He might do a good job after all - although nothing will beat the original.

  • Aside from Cynthia McFaddden on Nightline.

  • May 31, 2011, 4:24 p.m. CST

    Me too, rev. slappy. Colin made me a believer in In Bruges.

    by schizoschizo

    Before In Bruges, I only knew him as a "competent" actor in his Hollywood movies. He clearly did a good American accent, but he unfortunately starred in crap (Alexander the Great and Daredevil) to meh movies (Phone Booth), and I was not acquainted his performance in the movie that the critics had raved about (Tigerland). Then I saw him in In Bruges. Awesome film. And great acting from Mr. Farrell. Guy's fucking awesome.

  • May 31, 2011, 4:30 p.m. CST

    Yeah, He was great in "In Bruges"

    by cookylamoo

    But he's just jerked around in everything else.

  • May 31, 2011, 4:47 p.m. CST

    Roddy gave the original all the things it needed

    by Knobules

    Dont see how they can replace him. But who knows

  • May 31, 2011, 4:47 p.m. CST

    Still eating apples

    by Scarecrow237

    I recently introduced my wife to the original. She is a huge fan of Tennant so I know she wants to see the remake. I didn't notice the first time around but in the original vampire Jerry is constantly eating apples. My wife noticed and then pointed out to me that in this remake they show vampire Jerry still eating apples. I like little homages like this.

  • May 31, 2011, 4:48 p.m. CST

    alot of people say..

    by Han_Hit_Period

    they wont see a movie for this reason or that, but ultimately end up going anyway.. I will *NOT* pay one dime to see this movie is David Tennant doesnt have a substantial role/amount of screen time in this movie as Peter Vincent.

  • May 31, 2011, 4:50 p.m. CST


    by Han_Hit_Period

    I miss Joe Bob Briggs hosting Monstervision

  • May 31, 2011, 4:50 p.m. CST

    Late night horror host?

    by HollywoodHellraiser

    I believe Elvira and anyone on your local acess channels still does it.

  • May 31, 2011, 4:53 p.m. CST

    Not a horror host.

    by Scarecrow237

    From what I've read (here and elsewhere) Tennent's character is not a horror movie on tv host, but a Criss Angle style stage magician. Having grown up watching the Creature Double Feature on Saturday mornings hosted by Svenghoolie, I must say that I miss this sort of programming.

  • May 31, 2011, 5:04 p.m. CST

    I say someone should bring back the late-night horror hosts.

    by Mike_D

    that would be in dire need of rebooting I'd say.

  • May 31, 2011, 5:09 p.m. CST

    In Buffalo we had "the Ghoul."

    by cookylamoo

    He didn't talk. He just did creepy things. The real host, you never saw, except for his hands when he drove a stake though the ghoul's heart to put him to rest for another week. I think he may have been Mike Marion, of "I'd rather fight than switch" fame.

  • May 31, 2011, 5:19 p.m. CST

    Criss Angle? Magical Geometry or something?

    by JonRD463

  • May 31, 2011, 5:27 p.m. CST

    Tenant is in the trailer, retards

    by smackfu

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  • May 31, 2011, 5:39 p.m. CST

    pure shite

    by john

    which is why its getting an august release

  • May 31, 2011, 5:41 p.m. CST


    by Jack

    No. They just made Farrell look like some twat shopping in GAP. Too short. Get John Cusack on line 2 please.

  • May 31, 2011, 5:46 p.m. CST


    by DigitalBeachWar

    some awful line reading....

  • May 31, 2011, 6:45 p.m. CST

    Yelchin looks like he's balding.


  • May 31, 2011, 7:08 p.m. CST

    hey restyles...

    by schizoschizo

    ...yeah, it's being released in the SUMMER, so it must be shite. In other words, you're a dumbass.

  • May 31, 2011, 7:18 p.m. CST

    Love Farrell

    by RobFromBackEast

    He was the best thing about The Way Back as well. In Bruges is pure fucking brilliance, and Ondine had its moments too. And fuck you all, I liked Daredevil.

  • May 31, 2011, 7:19 p.m. CST

    Forgetting everything you know of movie trailers

    by thedarklingthrush

    Surely Tennant lights up the message boards/internet people counters here, since you all constantly make mention of him it must be true, but people who have heard of Tennant are a drop in the bucket compared to the number of people the studio has to get to see this movie to make its investment back.

  • May 31, 2011, 8:58 p.m. CST

    How the FUCK do you try to sell "Fright Night" without Peter Vincent? And why?

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    Sorry about the profanity. I'm just mystified by this. Is the studio embarrassed by Tennant's performance? Has his role been seriously reduced? Or is there some specific plan to keep his character mysteriously under wraps in order to reveal it at some point in the marketing? So far, I feel they've done a bang up job of completely fucking up the sale of this movie. Worst marketing job I've ever seen.

  • May 31, 2011, 9:24 p.m. CST

    Meh! Season 4 of True Blood rules

    by Andy Pandy

  • May 31, 2011, 9:26 p.m. CST

    I think I know why there's no Peter Vincent...

    by Green these trailers. Because, very simply, this isn't FRIGHT NIGHT. Yeah, it's got the title and some of the basic plot points and characters from the original; however, based on the trailers, it seems this is a completely different animal (that or they're selling it as a completely different animal).

  • May 31, 2011, 9:38 p.m. CST


    by TDH1138

    Tenant is in the Trailer TWICE. Has a line of dialogue and they show him in another part. Quickly, but still.

  • May 31, 2011, 9:56 p.m. CST

    In Philly we had an Elvira knock-off...

    by cockdiesel

    named Stella. She hosted "Saturday Night Dead" after Saturday Night Live was over. Same uhh...assets that Elvira had.

  • May 31, 2011, 10:22 p.m. CST

    You have to have faith in order for that trailer to work on me.

    by Tikidonkeypunch

  • May 31, 2011, 10:32 p.m. CST

    watch Day of the Beast for a better take on the 'horror host'

    by seabiscuits

    as well as saving the world from ending from the supernatural

  • May 31, 2011, 10:53 p.m. CST

    Re-makes are made mostly for the new generation.

    by wackybantha

    The opinions of the older generation that loved the originals don't really matter as much as we'd like to think. :'( That's just the facts of life. Right, Mrs. Garrett?

  • May 31, 2011, 11:29 p.m. CST

    Wow, that was fucking stupid

    by VonThunderballs

    I can't wait for ADH to screen the original instead.

  • June 1, 2011, 1:28 a.m. CST

    David Tennant is NOT a ham.

    by Sepulchrave

    Doctor Who is one of the most DELIBERATELY over-acted shows on TV. Every plays HUGE broad-brush characters: it's a CHILDREN'S show: a live action cartoon: over-coloured, over-scored and filled with big shouty emotions and thunderous developments. David Tennant just acted up to the show.

  • June 1, 2011, 1:43 a.m. CST

    Late Night Horror Host

    by Munro Kelly

    In Chicago, there's Son of Svengoolie.

  • June 1, 2011, 2:43 a.m. CST

    Looks like they are making it a lot darker than the original.

    by alan_poon

    Don't understand the love for David Tennant on here. Good but not great actor.

  • June 1, 2011, 3:10 a.m. CST

    There are TONS of horror hosts out there

    by Lord Elric

    Mostly on local television station, the internet or public access. Penny Dreadful, Count Gore (10 years on the net and over 20 on television) Jebediah Buzzard, Monster Madhouse, Dr. Gangrene. And on and on and on...That this escaped the makers of this remake surprises me, as an internet search on horror hosts will produce many entries and even a site or two devoted to them. Hell, Elvira is back! Personally, I find the Vegas angle tacky, but we'll see. It's done, so no fixing anything that might or might not be broke at this point. Looks interesting, if the effects hold up like in the original.

  • June 1, 2011, 4:23 a.m. CST

    See Tennant in trailer HERE

    by Mister McClane

    A handy snapshot, clearly showing the 10th Doctor.

  • June 1, 2011, 7:10 a.m. CST

    My guess as to why...

    by Phimseto

    Looking at the clips, I see a whole lot of big sequences without Peter Vincent and a lot with the main character and some girls. Makes me wonder if Peter Vincent isn't a big "shock" death partway into the film to throw off fans of the original. Very lame, but there you go.

  • June 1, 2011, 7:34 a.m. CST

    Farrell's coming off great

    by DannyOcean01

    More dialled down than I feared and a lot of menace which surprised me. Problem with Tennant's character is unless you show him being heroic, as he is later in the film, the early camp might cause tonal problems in the trailer. Do people really want a retread of Sarandon's performance? I'm not expecting the film to be a massive departure from the original, but reinterpretation over remake has got to be a good thing, no?

  • June 1, 2011, 7:52 a.m. CST

    Looks cool

    by Shpadoinkle

    It might actually sit well alongside the original on my shelf, I just hope it has enough difference to it for that to matter or it's all for nothing. At least Farrell looks the part...less charmingly cool but more menacing than Sarandon. Not a big Tennant fan but think Peter Vincent is my favourite ingredient in the original so i'm hoping to see him worked into promotions. Please do not be a diminished role...fuck star power.

  • Seriously, Farrell is looking all over the place, it looks like the big, bad vampire can't keep eye contact with a kid. As scores of others have said, Tennant is in the trailer. From the brief glimpse of him I got a mad-professor Peter Cushing vibe from him, which seems a valid direction to go with Peter Vincent. He could be good in the part as long as he doesn't go Jim Carrey all the time like he did when he was ruining Doctor Who.

  • June 1, 2011, 8:52 a.m. CST

    "He's in the trailer" -- REALLY?

    by Dursman2000

    For a half-second? Does he have any dialogue? Any signs that his character is important to this film whatsoever? It's very strange -- very -- that one of the main characters of the original story isn't given more than a blink-or-you'll-miss-it glance in a 2:30 trailer. IMO the character probably doesn't even factor into this remake and has been scaled back. Either way the movie looks like utter shit.

  • June 1, 2011, 9:08 a.m. CST

    Farrell comes off just fine

    by D.Vader

    Just enough bravado and menace. A sexual predator, as Dandridge should be.

  • June 1, 2011, 9:35 a.m. CST

    I think Farrell comes off fantastic as a vampire.

    by Royston Lodge

    I also think he's totally underrated, and I hope to see him in way more movies.

  • June 1, 2011, 9:40 a.m. CST

    Anyone else get Saturday Fright Special?

    by D.Vader

    They show it either on local public access or the UNC Charlotte's university channel; I forget which. But I think its locally produced up north in Delaware or Connecticut or something. Anyway, the host is Scarewolf, a werewolf in a 19th century suit, cape, and top-hat similar to what Mr. Hyde wore.

  • June 1, 2011, 11:33 a.m. CST

    Yes... and No...

    by TDH1138

    The trailer on iTunes, he doesn't appear but for a glimpse, but the one I saw on TV last week, he's sitting in a chair, drinking and has a line about killing Vampires.

  • June 1, 2011, 11:34 a.m. CST

    And I'm not a Horror guy...

    by TDH1138

    At least i haven't been since the early 90's. Horro movies lost their fun IMHO, but this, this looks great. Possibly a worthy remake to a film I remember enjoying as a kid.

  • June 1, 2011, 12:09 p.m. CST

    Thought the same about Yelchin's hairline, Choppah

    by theBigE

    Kid's got a big forehead - not that baldness never happens with high school kids, but it makes him look older than he's playing.

  • June 1, 2011, 12:32 p.m. CST

    I miss Sammy Terry and his pet spider, George

    by Volstaff

    Lot of fun times when I was a little kid in Indianapolis. The old guy who played him still makes the occasional charity appearance and what not. What I remember most about that show was at the end of the credits there was always this creepy, blood curdling scream that would send chills down your spine. Always wondered who they hired for that. I guess in todays world of torture porn, a host like that wouldn't make sense.Horror movies today, for the most part, don't have much of a sense of fun about them.

  • June 1, 2011, 1:03 p.m. CST


    by Asaraiel

    1. He held his own going toe to toe with Patrick Stewart in the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of HAMLET recently. Playing Hamlet. Go find it and watch it. I love Doctor Who, but trying to judge anyone's range off of one show is just ignorant. 2. He's not as well known in the states. I'm pretty sure the suits just think Farrell is more marketable in the states to get the kids in seats. And they'd be right. I don't think its anything to worry about.

  • June 1, 2011, 1:58 p.m. CST

    He's in a Trailer, & yes he has "a" line.

    by Jawsh Murdock

    I saw him in the the trailer that aired during the Timberlake/GaGa SNL. Looked like a lot like the 10th doctor covered in dirt. Nothing like the odd long haired poster that came out awhile back.

  • June 2, 2011, 1:08 p.m. CST

    Horror Host article

    by ProfGriffin

    That's an excellent idea Merrick. I know some guys who could help... LOL Professor Griffin Fangoria TV

  • June 4, 2011, 12:32 p.m. CST

    Looks like shit.

    by SunTzu77

    The reason the original "Fright Night" worked so well was because of its charm. It was a homage to the Hammer Film Productions.... with Peter Vincent being a caricature of Peter Cushing and his various roles. This remake just feels like "Disturbia" with a vampire that has absolutely no charm - a complete douche.