When it was first announced that DreamWorks was working on a remake of the ’80s horror comedy Fright Night, it seemed pretty obvious that it was only trying to cash in on the Twilight craze. It didn’t seem likely that this would actually end up being a decent film in its own right. Now that the first trailer has debuted online over at IGN, I find myself becoming a little more open-minded. I’m still not expecting a vampire remake on par with Let Me In, but this appears to be bringing something new to the table.
For the uninitiated, the story revolves around a teenager named Charley, who starts to suspect that his neighbor is actually a vampire. Yes, they’ve modernized things a bit (he now uses an iPhone to investigate his neighbor’s house), but the story is pretty much the same. Anton Yelchin seems well-suited for the lead role, and the same goes for Christopher Mintz-Plasse as his buddy Evil Ed. I’m still undecided on Colin Farrell as the vampire though. I kinda like that the action and special effects seem to be amped up, I just hope they haven’t removed the humour entirely. It’s hard to believe this is directed by the same guy who did Lars and the Real Girl. Fright Night hits theatres on August 19th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.