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UPDATE!! This FRIGHT NIGHT Spot Finally Brings Us A Glimpse Of David Tennant As Peter Vincent!!

Merrick again...ActionJackson wrote in - he has seen the film. He says that Tennant's role is "pretty big" and expressed surprise that the actor/role has not been featured more prominently in the movie's trailers. ActionJackson also says that Tennant is "easily one of the funniest things about the film" and that he enjoyed the picture quite a bit. ----- original article follows ----


Merrick here...

This slipped through the cracks yesterday, but since many of us were wondering why the hell David Tennant hadn't appeared in any of the trailers and little of the promotional material for the FRIGHT NIGHT remake to date, I thought you'd like to take a look at this all the same. 

This new promo for the film aired during the MTV Movie Awards and, at long last, we get a glimpse of Mr. Tennant as Peter Vincent - the role brilliantly originated by Roddy McDowall in Tom Holland's 1985 original

I have a strong (and wholly unsubstantiated) hunch that Peter Vincent's role may be disappointingly small in this picture...that The Powers That Be underestimated Mr. Tennant's Geek draw...that we may not see as much of him in the film as many of us would like...and that his casting may emerge as a tremendous missed opportunity.  This is just a hunch and I hope I'm wrong, so don't take what I'm saying to the bank just yet.  

Here's the new promo...

Thanks to Matthew and Manflayer for calling this to our attention. 


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  • June 8, 2011, 12:40 p.m. CST

    First! Fright night looks cool...

    by Tank Williams

  • June 8, 2011, 12:45 p.m. CST

    Not only underestimated Tennant...

    by zacdilone

    ...but if it's true that Peter Vincent's role is substantially reduced, then it means they underestimated the role itself. The fun of the original Fright Night was watching Roddy McDowall's character deal with the reality of the situation. They've already altered that part drastically by making Vincent a Criss Angel wannabe. My guess is they have watered down everything that made the original unique and fun in favor of stylized generic crap. But I'd love to be wrong.

  • June 8, 2011, 12:46 p.m. CST

    Let's kill something -

    by john


  • June 8, 2011, 12:51 p.m. CST

    OOFT, David Tennant

    by marlasinger

    You sexy thing.

  • many say he's the best doctor yet. Me? I have my favorites.

  • June 8, 2011, 12:52 p.m. CST

    Original SUCKED BTW.

    by Nick

  • June 8, 2011, 12:52 p.m. CST

    Original SUCKED BTW.

    by Nick

  • June 8, 2011, 12:55 p.m. CST

    Tennant's "geek draw"?

    by ShiftyEyedDog

    Yeah, playing up Tennant would've have had negligible (or zero) impact on this movie's success or box office. Glad you guys love him, but don't pretend he'd be a big marketing asset.

  • June 8, 2011, 12:57 p.m. CST

    They've essentially turned it into DISTURBIA with a vampire

    by ShiftyEyedDog

    While I dont give a crap either way about David Tennant, I will agree that Vincent's role whould not have been reduced (assuming it was). As it is now, the film looks exactly like Disturbia, excpet that the neighbor is now a vampire instead of just a murderer. (..and yes, I know Disturbia was not "original". But it did not try to hide the fact that it was Rear Window for a new generation. )

  • June 8, 2011, 12:58 p.m. CST

    I vote "yes".

    by Royston Lodge

    That trailer really makes me want to see it. Also, I'm wondering how long before we get a remake of The Lost Boys...

  • June 8, 2011, 1:05 p.m. CST

    Tennant isn't fit to suck Roddy McDowall's corpsely asshole

    by LargoJr

    The idea of seeing his fantastic portrayal of a man forced to admit he was never much of anything, replaced with some kind of Criss Angel/Mindfreak assclown sickens me to no end. Don't get me wrong.. I like Anton just fine.. he does a good job with what he's given in most cases... but this is going to be a huge let-down if Tennant gets more then a pittance of screen time, which then would make the entire last act terribly empty :(

  • June 8, 2011, 1:21 p.m. CST

    Why? and How?

    by captzeep

    "Fright Night" is memorable, if not great, because it was different from the typical formulaic horror movie. (Not that there's anything wrong with formulaic horror movie- as with a sonnet, complying with the form is part of the art.) The problem is the media world of "Fright Night"- the locally hosted old gothic/horror movie show- was disappearing even in 1985. This movie doesn't seem to follow the plot of the original much, so why call it "Fright Night"? "Disturbia with vampires" seems about right.

  • June 8, 2011, 1:23 p.m. CST

    Got to say

    by DannyOcean01

    Liking the look of this film with each new bit of footage. Seems to be striking the same tone as the original, and judging by the number of times you see Tennant I think there's enough of a role there to get excited.

  • June 8, 2011, 1:25 p.m. CST

    OK, I'm sorry but...

    by Pawprint

    Some ropey CGI aside, that actually looks pretty entertaining! I find myself somewhat amused how impressed I was by that. Even got a little 80s vibe in places there!

  • June 8, 2011, 1:25 p.m. CST

    No one takes anything said at AICN "to the the bank" anymore.

    by Ironhelix

    Sorry, but those days are gone.

  • June 8, 2011, 1:29 p.m. CST

    The original wasn't epically awesome to begin with.

    by sweeneydave

    It was spooky, wacky, vampire fun. I'm not sold on sticking exactly to the mythology of the original. I just expect spooky, wacky, vampire fun out of my Fright Night flick and it looks like that's what this one is giving us. Thumbs up on the trailer. (It WAS exciting to imagine Tennant in the McDowall roll, but whatev.)

  • June 8, 2011, 1:30 p.m. CST

    I thought the whole joke with Tenant's Vincent...

    by TheMarineBiologist

    ...was the fact that his hair/goatee was fake, thus making a hilarious little joke when he took it off.<p> That was my own justification as to why he hadn't seen anything yet regarding his part... But it looks like MTV's trailer is going to spoil it anyway...<p> I still think he'll get a substantial part though...

  • June 8, 2011, 1:31 p.m. CST

    Silly vampires... you can't kill David Tennant...

    by TheMarineBiologist

    He just comes back as Matt Smith.

  • June 8, 2011, 1:41 p.m. CST

    Make a mobile app or web version of this site AICN

    by Dkev00 Get it done!

  • June 8, 2011, 1:44 p.m. CST

    The "geek draw" isn't really that big

    by rev_skarekroe

    It's easy to think that when you go to sci-fi cons and surround yourself with people who have all the same knowledge base you do. But most folks don't know or care who David Tennant or Nathan Fillion or whoever are.

  • June 8, 2011, 1:50 p.m. CST

    well skarekroe fuck them... Geeks are better than most people

    by Andrew Coleman

  • June 8, 2011, 1:51 p.m. CST

    Disturbia 2: This bites... Actually doesn't look that bad.

    by Andrew Coleman

    Colin Ferrel looks good in this. Might check it out.

  • June 8, 2011, 2:06 p.m. CST

    Seeing these clips may have reversed my opinion on this..

    by steverogers5

    One thing that had put me off this was the still of David Tennant looking like Russel Brand. Can't stand that overated arrogant fucker, and even a lookalike reminder of him would annoy me. And I couldn't for the life of me imagine why you'd cast David Tennant as that.. So seeing this trailer is a tremendous relief, discovering that that is just his stage look/persona. Because I can actually imagine David Tennant doing a pretty decent Roddy McDowall style Peter Vincent. As he's got that whole kind of scrawny, twerpish, slightly snobbish and not of this age britishness about him, that would be well served for this character. And I mean no disrespect by that as not only am I British, (Or Scottish to be precise..) but I loved Roddy McDowall in everything that he did, (Right down to his cameo in Quantum Leap.) I could see David Tennant pulling off a nice homage to him, if the script allows it.

  • June 8, 2011, 2:13 p.m. CST

    My hunch...

    by slappy magoo

    ...once Toni Collette was cast as the mom (a character who was more of an impediment to Brewster in the original than a flesh-n-blood person who did anything to further the plot), rewrites made that part bigger at the expense of the Brewster/Vincent dynamic that made the first movie as fun as it was (or as fun as I remember it). It also looks like the Evil Ed character gets the short shrift as well, as most of the vampire hunting seems to be done by Brewster, his GF and his mom.

  • June 8, 2011, 2:15 p.m. CST

    the original sucked?

    by john

    original was original idiots

  • June 8, 2011, 2:22 p.m. CST

    Peter Vincent...

    by cushing1967

    In the original is not in the film THAT much - I mean he's important as Hell and Roddy McDowell nails the part so well (in fact he plays the character so well that he makes Fright Night II worthwhile) but in terms of screen time - he's in it for say about a third of the movie. I don't see any evidence that Tennant will have any less screen time to be honest. In fact the only scene that I didn't see with a corresponding snippet represented in the new trailer that was in the original is the 'fake' vampire testing scene where he uses 'holy' water etc to prove that Dandridge is not a vampire. I dunno, I might be wrong but I think the whole 'Peter Vincent is hardly in it hunch thing' has shades of the sky is falling. I hope I'm right because Peter Vincent is the one character than makes Fright Night different enough from the rest of the 80's vamp films. The remake actually looks good and hopefully will result in some love for the original including a blu-ray and a soundtrack score album.

  • June 8, 2011, 2:23 p.m. CST


    by steverogers5

    I suppose though if they ever have David Tennant dressing up in tweed and funny old fashioned ties at any point, it's going to invite a lot of ironic comparisons to Matt Smith's Doctor Who.. Would be kind of funny though..

  • June 8, 2011, 2:24 p.m. CST

    Maybe I'm just in a good mood today...

    by JonJonB9

    but this film doesn't actually seem like the astounding pile of shit I thought it would be when I first heard the idea. The fact that Tennant's look is just a stage "costume" now seems so blindingly obvious I can't believe I didn't think of it before, it's so perfectly in keeping with the original character when you think of it (i.e he's a great big phony). I guess maybe I'll see this after all.

  • June 8, 2011, 2:26 p.m. CST

    Harry, studios don't care about the geek draw...

    by moto

    ... very small demographic in the scheme of things.

  • June 8, 2011, 2:29 p.m. CST


    by slappy magoo

    I think your memory of how much RM is in Fright Night may be faulty (though it could be me). But nonetheless, even if the character of Peter Vincent isn't in the original Fright Night that much, his presence is, if that makes sense. From the opening, when you see his late night monster show on Brewster's TV, to Ed and Brewster talking about him, Brewster trying to recruit him, Ed & Amy going to talk to Peter on Charley's behalf, and so on throughout the movie, he's an important element to both the plot and the learning-n-growing element of the characters' arcs. Now the trailer almost makes it seem like Peter's a "deus ex machina," telling Brewster how to kill a vampire, and then showing up to help. But then again, we always bitch about trailers that show too much, maybe this is a misdirect to give us impressions about what the movie will be like that will then defy expectations. Won't say that's so, but hey, maybe this time we get lucky...

  • June 8, 2011, 2:32 p.m. CST

    he was in the first trailer, no one pays attention...

    by Daniel

    when colin ferral is like on the ceiling or something david tennant is below him and doesnt know hes above him and he has his shorter brown hair like doctor who, leading me to believe his criss angel persona is just for show and the long hair is a wig that comes off when shit gets serious... ohp, wrote that while this new clip was loading, so im right, go back and watch the first trailer, hes in it, the exact scene is in this new clip, also, dave franco, hilarious FUCK OFF WITH THE TWILIGHT NAME DROPPING, EVERY VAMPIRE RELATED MOVIE NOW MUST HAVE IT IN THE MOVIE OR IN THE TRAILER EVEN WHEN IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH IT OR WILL BE BETTER THEN THAT SHIT BY MILES

  • June 8, 2011, 2:34 p.m. CST


    by cushing1967

    I may be wrong - I haven't seen it in a while but while I know that he is 'in' the film a lot as a presence - I think I was trying to say that rather ham fistedly in my post but I can only think of a rather small-ish handful of scenes - important ones - that he was in. He gets fired from Fright Night / Charlie meets him Charlie explains the vampire situation - Peter Vincent mocks and the pretends to believe The scene I mentioned above with the vampire test The scene where he is packing to leave town and Evil attacks him His place in the finale And that's all I can remember - maybe bar one or two other smaller bits.

  • June 8, 2011, 2:35 p.m. CST


    by cushing1967

    Sorry - and the one you mentioned with Amy and Evil talking to him.

  • June 8, 2011, 2:38 p.m. CST

    There Was a Fright Night II?


    I missed a lot of entertainment stuff in college. I suppose because I was having an awesome time, and life was incredible and wonderful, and I didn't want to anesthetize myself by drowning my sorrows in geek culture, like I do now. I still have no desire to see it, despite Roddy McDowell.

  • June 8, 2011, 2:40 p.m. CST

    David T.

    by the_box_drone

    Looked like plenty of Tennant to me, and it looked like his role was pretty major, being the mentor and all.

  • June 8, 2011, 2:43 p.m. CST

    I dunno...kind of like what I'm seeing so far.

    by Ninja Nerd

    I really liked the original film, but this actually looks like it might be better.

  • June 8, 2011, 2:47 p.m. CST

    by cushing1967

    You're not missing much to be honest When I said RM makes it worthwhile, probably better saying tolerable Same story only difference being that Peter Vincent believes now but Brewster has been convinced by psychiatric sessions that the original was a psychotic episode and Dandridge was nothing more than a human serial killer. And the vampire is a woman. It's not a good movie

  • June 8, 2011, 2:47 p.m. CST

    I have fright night somewhere on VHS

    by disfigurehead

    I don't know where because now it's not that great.

  • June 8, 2011, 3:15 p.m. CST

    Imogen Poots

    by timesfool

    Interesting they've cast this actress as the girlfriend; she is exactly who I would have cast as young River Song for Dr. Who. Scratch that idea now I guess. Too bad.

  • June 8, 2011, 3:16 p.m. CST

    Don't need an invitation if there's no house

    by Rex Carsalot

    What a great line.

  • June 8, 2011, 4 p.m. CST


    by adml_shake

    I'm probably going to see this movie. I like what I see so far.

  • June 8, 2011, 4:01 p.m. CST

    Boy they turned the "blue" filter up big time for this movie.

    by skycrapper

    We get it. It's "moodier" than the original. "Oh you're so cooool Brewster!"

  • And Roddy McDowall was the only good thing in the original.

  • June 8, 2011, 4:34 p.m. CST

    slappy magoo right about Toni Collete(sp?)

    by HollywoodHellraiser

    Once she was cast it was more than likely the "mom" role would be bigger. Thus destroying some part of this remake for me. Hopefully everything else stays intact.

  • June 8, 2011, 4:36 p.m. CST

    If he's funny, then that's why they're avoiding showing him.

    by Chewtoy

    Teenagers these days don't seem to "get" funny horror. You have to sell it to them as straight scares or they get all confused and don't show up.

  • June 8, 2011, 4:53 p.m. CST

    Tennant was in the previous trailers

    by smackfu

    This has been pointed out to AICN contributors time and time again...

  • June 8, 2011, 5 p.m. CST

    RIP cocknasty_buttstank

    by marineboy

    First celebs, then their stalkers...what a tragic week in Hollywood ;)

  • June 8, 2011, 5:13 p.m. CST

    re: themarinebiologist

    by maelstrom_ZERO

    That was a bloody hilarious comment you made there. I salute you.

  • June 8, 2011, 5:16 p.m. CST

    Nice Gun

    by puto tenax

    Those look to be at least 80mm shells in that round. Otherwise, I hope this movie has a tribute to Roddy in some form or fashion. I loved the original, and his performance in it.

  • June 8, 2011, 5:16 p.m. CST

    Good one Marine Boy !

    by MRJONZ72

  • suck on that cheese sticks

  • June 8, 2011, 5:28 p.m. CST

    J. Geils Band cameo or GTFO (nt)

    by Triple_J_72

  • June 8, 2011, 5:28 p.m. CST

    This remake misses the point

    by daggor

    Fright Night isn't about badass vampires with dicks your girlfriend would be OK with touching.

  • June 8, 2011, 5:28 p.m. CST

    by Professor_Monster

    much much better

  • June 8, 2011, 5:41 p.m. CST

    if this makes more people catch the original

    by misnomer

    then it can't be too bad a thing...

  • June 8, 2011, 5:59 p.m. CST

    So now they're remaking mediocre movies?

    by Mel

    Its weird...its usually great movies that get remade. you'd think theyd remake awful movies so they should actually make them better.

  • June 8, 2011, 5:59 p.m. CST

    hasseldrunk is not dead

    by john

    stupid rumor

  • June 8, 2011, 6:20 p.m. CST

    melgibsoncalledmethenword - why the fuck aren't you banned yet?

    by Rex Carsalot

  • June 8, 2011, 6:23 p.m. CST

    Looking better and better!

    by Shpadoinkle

    No harm having two versions of Fright Night, looks to be just about different enough to merit a remake. I look forward to HintOfSmegma's inevitable hyperbolic outrage.

  • June 8, 2011, 6:26 p.m. CST

    Compared to the original, this looks like total SHIT.

    by Yamato

  • June 8, 2011, 6:32 p.m. CST

    Peter Vincent a name conglomeration of two of the best

    by wuher da brewer

    Gothic horror actors... PETER Cushing and VINCENT Price? Just curious. I imagine so.

  • June 8, 2011, 6:53 p.m. CST --

    by MooseMalloy

    "I missed a lot of entertainment stuff in college. I suppose because I was having an awesome time, and life was incredible and wonderful..." I can safely assume that you were not a Film Major then, haha!

  • -- has to do with some executive douchebags thinking that poor dumb audiences would think that Chris Angel was actually in the movie.

  • June 8, 2011, 7:01 p.m. CST

    Looks like a smart update

    by jimmy_009

    I like some of the modern updates they've made. Hope the effects are a little more polished by the time it's out though.

  • June 8, 2011, 7:06 p.m. CST

    moosemalloy, re:low Peter Vincent footage.

    by TheMarineBiologist

    That's exactly what I think is going on, unfortunately.

  • June 8, 2011, 7:28 p.m. CST

    A glimpse of David Tennant?!

    by ObiBen

    Oh, that makes it so much more worthwhile, then.

  • June 8, 2011, 7:58 p.m. CST

    McLovin AND Doctor Who in the same movie? Sign me up!

    by Tim

    Add Michael J. Fox and I'll go twice haha.

  • June 8, 2011, 8:40 p.m. CST

    Saw an early test print..

    by andrew

    I think Tennant did a wonderful job in a smaller role than I would have liked. Ultimately his screen time was well used if sparse.

  • hjytuyty

  • June 8, 2011, 9:46 p.m. CST

    Underwhelmed and unimpressed

    by VonThunderballs

    So, when is the ADH screening the original Fright Night?

  • June 8, 2011, 9:48 p.m. CST

    With or without Tennant this remake was still a bad idea

    by MaxDembo1

    I hate how they seem to have turned the whole thing into some kind of generic action film. Jerry Dandridge is now the Terminator? He blows up houses? Hate the look of the CGI vampires as well. Everything has been altered to appeal to a demographic that doesn't like horror films to begin with. I am still unsure why you would remake "Fright Night" only to change or remove everything that people liked about the original. Does the fucking title mean anything to Generation Y? Half the people on these message boards seem like studio plants to me. You can tell these jokers by their ridiculous pop culture afterthought names. If you are seriously liking the look of this film then you have not seen the original or your taste is in you ass!

  • June 8, 2011, 10:40 p.m. CST

    wtf is this crap?

    by doom master

    fright night is a cult classic. the actors in it made it what it is. all i see these days are several of their costars acting bit parts in CSI episodes, etc... WTF remake this? Hollywood is clearly stupid.

  • June 8, 2011, 10:49 p.m. CST

    Roddy McDowall is unreplaceable

    by RoarsLoudly

    Can't think of any actor working today that could take that role to another level or at least do it justice!

  • June 8, 2011, 10:54 p.m. CST

    I guess I'm the odd man out...but...

    by wacko3205

    I think that this is one remake that's gonna actually pull its own ass outta the proverbial fire & be a smoker instead of a stinker.

  • June 8, 2011, 11:02 p.m. CST

    That shit color tone is ruining so many movies

    by NuckyThompson

    80% of movies these days come in that orange green blue tone in ALL scenes, it is just disgusting It's like editors/color-correctionists just use a preset and walk off home. I want that job.

  • June 8, 2011, 11:37 p.m. CST

    Still not sold on the magician thing.

    by JuanSanchez

  • June 9, 2011, 2:31 a.m. CST

    Colin Farrel doesn't look like Jerry Dandrige, but

    by Lourdes Galan

    Billy Cole's gay son

  • June 9, 2011, 5:07 a.m. CST


    by Norman Colson

    i knew they'd have to have the vampire hunter somwhere in the

  • June 9, 2011, 6:23 a.m. CST

    Colin Farrell...

    by The_Skook

    ...looks too much like Kevin Webster from Coronation Street for me to even begin taking this seriously.

  • June 9, 2011, 7:23 a.m. CST

    Er guys.......

    by mastes360

    Has everyone missed the ending of the trailer wher its says "rated R"!. I don't know, maybe i missed an article where it was already said to be R but i thought that was one of the main problems people had about the remake, people thinking they would puss out and make it PG13.

  • June 9, 2011, 8:37 a.m. CST

    I don't get all the David Tennant worship around here..

    by cerberus

    Just because you have an european accent doesn't mean your a great actor.

  • June 9, 2011, 8:42 a.m. CST

    Screw Peter Vincent, where's the zombified man servant?

    by skycrapper

    And who's playing that part?

  • June 9, 2011, 9:01 a.m. CST

    Okay, that's it, I've had enough of this . . .

    by AlyFox

    I read AICN, I see a story, I form an opinion, I intend to comment, but I lose heart about halfway down these stupid posts and I give up. Usually. Okay, here's the deal on FRIGHT NIGHT: I worked in a video store in the '80s, and we all know FRIGHT NIGHT is a rental staple. You have to ask yourself, WHY is it a staple? Was it the vampire-next-door plot line? In part, yes. But what made it interesting is that when no one else would help the teen hero, who does he turn to? A television, late-night horror movie host, a la Peter Cushing-Vincent Price, right? THAT was the hook, holy shit, FRIGHT NIGHT wasn't the name of the movie by accident, IT WAS THE NAME OF THE SHOW THE HERO WATCHED! Doesn't anyone remember that fact? So, the reason that Tennant is getting attention here isn't so much the Dr. Who stuff, it's that he is supposed to be a major part of the movie, and thus far the footage we've seen barely acknowledges the character's presence. That said and off my chest, I will ALSO say that when FRIGHT NIGHT debuted on DVD, I bought it right away, but didn't watch it right away. When I did, I was saddened by how it failed to hold up that well. The plot is still solid as hell, but the execution and effects are a bit lacking. I for one am looking forward to the remake, but am steeling myself for the let down of them focusing more on the kid by himself than on Peter Vincent. Discuss.

  • June 9, 2011, 10:04 a.m. CST

    Not much Tennant understandable

    by Robert

    Well obviously Farrell will be the main draw for the cinema audience, so he will feature a lot more, and the Kris Angel thing, Vincent was a TV character in the original one as well,costume and all, wasn't he?

  • June 9, 2011, 10:21 a.m. CST


    by Ken Shaw

    ....whuzzat...another remake?

  • June 9, 2011, 11:01 a.m. CST

    Shouldn't this "Peter Vincent's" name be more like...

    by JustinSane

    ... "Siegfried Jillette"?

  • June 9, 2011, 11:49 a.m. CST

    McLovin will kill this just like he kills everything he's in

    by sunwukong86

    the guy ruined Kick Ass for me

  • June 9, 2011, 1:04 p.m. CST

    Oops! They forgot the fun!

    by Miss 45

    No...."You're so cool Brewster!", No..."Knock it off Evil!"....

  • June 9, 2011, 3:09 p.m. CST

    The Bro-Ratio is too high in this trailer

    by Knuckleface

    These remakes always make me depressed because they draw extra attention to how low our culture has gone. I can't wait for Armageddon.

  • and im not impressed with what i have seen in the trailers or clips three movies were made during the 80s, which deconstructed the vampire mythos fright night, lost boys and near dark the first two had a great mix of horror and comedy is fright night a great movie? no...its a b pic, with great, iconic characters what the current trailer shows me, at least the way they are marketing it, is that all the fun of the original, has basically been (excuse the pun) sucked out

  • June 9, 2011, 3:53 p.m. CST

    Disturbia was Frightnight without the vampires

    by Antz

  • June 9, 2011, 3:56 p.m. CST

    Saw the original in the theater too

    by Antz

    Twice actually

  • June 9, 2011, 10:17 p.m. CST

    .... so sick of remakes.

    by sns

    Where the hell are the writers!?

  • Anyhow this movie looks too much like Twilight. No spirit of it's own.