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By Phil Plait | June 14, 2010 2:30 pm


First, there’s going to be a remake of "Fright Night", an actually pretty good vampire flick from the 1980s. I’m generally opposed to most remakes, but I think that this isn’t such an awful idea, since the premise itself is a good one. However, the remake’s director is the same guy who did "Lars and the Real Girl", which was… well, I’ll just say I didn’t like it and leave it at that.


Guess Who they tapped for the part of Vincent, the fey late-night movie host who winds up becoming a real vampire hunter? David Tennant!

Oh yeah. I’ll watch that. The original role was played by Roddy McDowall, who was great. Tennant is a pretty good fit to that role, too.

Given who played the original role, I wonder what’s next for Tennant after this? I’m thinking Cornelius in a "Planet of the Apes" sequel. Ook ook.


Comments (24)

  1. Hey Phil, have you seen the new version of Hamlet that’s got David Tennant and Patrick Stewart in it? I’ve bought it now, but haven’t had a chance to watch it yet. I found the DVD at the Target near my house so I suspect you can get them just about anywhere.

  2. Chanelle

    I HATED Lars and the Real Girl. Both my mom and sister thought it was hilarious and watched it repeatedly, but I didn’t get the joke.

  3. KC

    It’s hard to replace Roddy McDowall – but Tennant could totally pull that off.

  4. davery

    1) Lars and the Real Girl is a very good movie.

    2) David Tennant’s character is not going to mirror the Roddy McDowell role – it’s going to be more of a big stage magician, Cris Angel-type character.

  5. Tony

    I LOVED Lars and the Real Girl. I have had many friends watch it and they all loved it. It was a sweet quirky movie. Oh well Phil, I will give you a pass on this one.

  6. Elf Eye

    The David Tennant interpretation of Hamlet is really great.

  7. Daniel J. Andrews

    Lars and the Real Girl was a quirky clever likable movie…but I used to live in the area where it was filmed, and under different circumstances I might have been Lars–my sister was killing herself laughing saying “You do that!” (not the doll thing, fwiw).

    So maybe the new Fright Night will be clever and quirky as well. It was a pretty good movie the first time round…be interesting to see what they can do with it this time.

  8. Tony

    Yes! Yes! Yes!

  9. Michael Swanson

    Coincidentally, I watched Fright Night for the first time in 20 years last night. Other than Chris Sarandon being a fairly charming vampire (or maybe I just like because he’s Prince Humperdinck) it’s a pretty poor movie. I don’t suppose the remake could be much worse.

    Why are good vampire movies so rare?

  10. Messier Tidy Upper

    Waters of Mars screenshot there right. :-)

    Remakes … Hmm .. Think I’m over them &vampire flicks too … then again, you never know unless you see it.

    Tennant & Patrick Steward in Hamlet together though that I’d watch! ūüėČ

  11. Damon

    I’m sure Lars and the Real Girl terrified the hell out of you because it featured, heaven forbid, people learning to heal themselves through creativity and irrational behavior (like people in the real world who can’t afford $100 an hour shrinks and have to solve their own problems.)

  12. Next: a remake of Tales of the Gold Monkey.

    I wish.

  13. MarkHB

    Next for Tennant, hmmm? He’d make a pretty good Quatermass, I fancy.

  14. Grand Lunar

    The film industry seems all about remakes lately.
    What does this mean for the future?

    Well, at least it’s David Tennant. Difficult to go wrong there.

    @ 10. Messier Tidy Upper

    It is Patrick Stewart, not Steward.

  15. Chris

    Colin Farrell playing Jerry pretty much ruins the entire idea for me. It just doesn’t make any sense and probably couldn’t be saved by anyone at this point.

  16. Messier Tidy Upper

    @14. Grand Lunar Says:

    The film industry seems all about remakes lately.
    What does this mean for the future? …

    “I’ve seen the Future and its a remake!” That’s what it means! ūüėČ

    It means unending confusion that is constantly increasing as when asked what movies we’ve seen we’ll have to say the same title only X times and version 2001, 2010, 2013, 2015, etc … and undending deja vu.

    @ 10. Messier Tidy Upper : It is Patrick Stewart, not Steward.

    Ooops! That’s who I meant. @!#$$$#@#$!@! typos. :-(

  17. Messier Tidy Upper

    Deja vu for typos too. Also of the unending variety. Speaking of that word it is ‘unending’ not “undending” that I origianlly meant as I’m sure folks’ll work out in the end. Sigh. :-(

    I’d much prefer Dejah Thoris to Deja Vu! ūüėČ for those who don’t grok that partic. ref.

  18. bouch

    @1. Rachael A Says:
    Hey Phil, have you seen the new version of Hamlet that’s got David Tennant and Patrick Stewart in it?

    Best version of Hamlet I’ve seen. The acting all around is first rate, and Tennant’s version of Hamlets soliloquy is just amazing.

  19. Brian Schlosser

    Rewatched “Fright Night” recently, and I think it holds up. Its nice to see a more old fashioned Vamp. Nary a glitter to be seen… plus, as referenced in the post title… Evil Ed! “Don’t call me Evil ANY MORE!” Priceless! And I still say “oh, you’re so COOL, Brewster!!”

  20. Lyr

    I will definitely be seeing this movie!

  21. Thespis

    I heard clips from Tennant’s “Much Ado” performance on Audible; he certainly can bring the Benedick… hearing him say “well, you are a rare parrot-teacher” in a Scots burr with all those rolled Rs just makes me appreciate him even more!
    As for remaking other Roddy McDowall films with Tennant… this could be the chance to remake “The Black Hole” and do it right!

  22. Jess Tauber

    Hopefully any actors who play the younger characters won’t end up the way some of those from the original version did. Maybe the Tardis will whisk them away before anything untoward ensues.

  23. MarcusBailius

    I liked the original. It had just the right amount of humour to offset the (mild) horror aspect of the film. This was one of the last vampire films made where the vampire character had no redeeming features, which is how vampires are supposed to be – nasty and appropriately demonic, rather than foppish, gothic and complaining about the boring bloody diet and the sunburn.

    The special effects were well done and not over-used. Lovely moments were the POV shot of vampire over the alleyway, the transformation from wolf to dying teenager, and the climactic bat scenes.

    It has been argued that Chris Sarandon was under-used but you don’t want too much villain – you want the villain to creep up here and there and be frightening and memorable, not omnipresent to the point of boredom. I think he was very effective in his scenes. Compare Hopkins in Silence of the Lambs: He wasn’t on for long, but by Crikey he was memorable!

    If they can keep to that spirit it should work well… However, maybe it’s just me, but I have this feeling the remake will be camped-up and heavier on the comedy, thus ruining the feel and the tension.

  24. Buzz Parsec

    Dave Lister: “They remade Casablanca? I can’t believe it! The version with Hammy the Hamster was CLASSIC!”


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