This movie offers a revamp of 1985 comedy-horror classic


PRESS STATEMENT FROM WALT DISNEY:

"In anticipation of the upcoming release of Fright Night, DreamWorks shares some interesting trivia about the new vampire thriller starring Colin Farrell and Anton Yelchin.

"A revamp of the 1985 comedy-horror classic, Fright Night is directed by Craig Gillespie and also stars Toni Collette, David Tennant, Imogen Poots and Christopher Mintz-Plasse.

"In the film, senior Charlie Brewster (Yelchin) finally has it all--he's running with the popular crowd and dating the hottest girl in high school. In fact, he's so cool he's even dissing his best friend Ed (Christopher Mintz-Plasse). But trouble arrives when an intriguing stranger Jerry (Farrell) moves in next door. He seems like a great guy at first, but there's something not quite right--and everyone, including Charlie's mom (Collette), doesn't notice. After witnessing some very unusual activity, Charlie comes to an unmistakable conclusion: Jerry is a vampire preying on his neighborhood. Unable to convince anyone that he's telling the truth, Charlie has to find a way to get rid of the monster himself.

  • Fright Night boasts a truly international cast. Gillespie and Collette are from Australia, Poots was born in England, Farrell hails from Ireland, Tennant is from Scotland and Yelchin is from Russia.

  • Gillespie directed Collette to an Emmy┬« Award and a Golden Globe┬« Award for her starring role in Showtime's United States of Tara.

  • Farrell, who plays the role of the vampire Jerry, is such a fan of the original Fright Night that he has seen the classic horror film at least 12 times.

  • Tennant, portraying vampire expert Peter Vincent, is a classically trained British actor.

  • When Poots shot an old revolver at vampire Jerry, it was the first time she had ever fired a gun. The gun created for her is actually a replica of a gun owned by World War II hero, General George S. Patton.

  • Screenwriter Marti Noxon has a lot of experience with the undead, having previously written for vampires on the popular television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

  • Fright Night is set in Las Vegas, where late-night activity is not viewed as out of the ordinary.

  • One-of-a-kind props include the St. Michael's stake, which was whittled from wood and bone, the Assyrian Egyptian vampire stake, the Polynesian stake, crosses, vials of holy water and a stake gun, all designed and built by Prop Master Ben Lowney.

  • Lowney used a sharp piece of bone to create one of the vampire stakes. On the cap, he inscribed something cryptic in ancient Greek and Latin, which he is keeping as a secret while waiting for someone to slow down the movie and decipher what has been written.

  • To create a crucifix nail that looks ancient, Lowney researched photos of Roman nails that are in the British Museum. To achieve the same look, he soaked an iron bolt in acid for a week. When finished, it looked like a relic.

"Opening soon across the Philippines, Fright Night is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International."

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