Second Fright Night Trailer Delivers (Slightly) More Peter Vincent, Still Fails to Impress…

Less than a week after writing my critique of the first trailer for the new Fright Night remake, a second one is released.  I guess the producers are reading my blog.

Though quite similar to the original trailer, this new cut contains slightly more humour at the beginning, as well as a better (though still too brief) look at David Tennant’s performance as the pseudo-vampire-expert Peter Vincent.  However, I remain troubled as the whole thing still transitions into a very serious tone halfway through, ending with the same angsty feel as the first trailer as Anton Yelchin’s Charley Brewster decides to take the fight to his enemy and become a real vampire-hunter (and perhaps grows into a man as well?).  At least we are given a few seconds to show that Vincent will be there at his side, so hopefully he will lighten things up a bit.  I still fear his lack of presence in these trailers means he’s getting the shaft as far as emotional investment goes, tacked on for the sake of the story rather than having a strong character arc that we care about.  The film seems more preoccupied with the teen melodrama surrounding Brewster and his growth as a character than it does with Vincent and his (which was quite significant in the original).

I've got nothing bad to say about this poster. The colours are nice.

I realize that I’m being very hard on this film based solely on these trailers.  After all, the film doesn’t look like it will be a trainwreck or anything.  And the poster looks cool.  I guess I just can’t get over how mediocre it seems compared to the original, which remained smart and funny throughout, even when dealing with the heavier horror elements leading up to the final showdown with Jerry Dandridge.  This remake looks noisier and less-inspired, with more action and explosions on display, and a darker, more traditional vampire-film vibe.  But that’s not what I want.  I’ve seen dozens of “traditional” vampire films.  Fright Night has always been the one that I watched more than all of those because it has something extra.  Call it a greater sense of self-reflexivity or a better sense of humour, but the bottom line is that it understood exactly what type of a film it was going to be and it nailed it.  This new one seems unable to see it’s own reflection, and that scares me more than a vampire living next door…

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~ by Mark D'Amico on June 9, 2011.

One Response to “Second Fright Night Trailer Delivers (Slightly) More Peter Vincent, Still Fails to Impress…”

  1. I’m still holding out hope for this remake, but the trailer is definitely uninspired. The again, the trailer for the original Fright Night was also devoid of humour and very uninspired: http://youtu.be/8MAL5VJVezQ (granted it was made at a different time for a different audience).

    I love the poster too, though, I can’t decide if it’s intentionally winking at No Country for Old Men, or just ripping it off: http://tinyurl.com/3p9q29k

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