Aiming to entice a brand-new generation of horror-film fans, director Craig Gillespie assembled a talented cast that includes Anton Yelchin, Collin Farrell and Christopher Mintz-Plasse in this remake of the 1985 camp classic about a teen who suspects his neighbor is a vampire. The cast, director and screenwriter Marti Noxon discussed the making of Fright Night from homoerotic vampires to inappropriate nibbles.
Here are eight memorable quotes from the press conference.
New Jerry vs. Old Jerry
Collin Farrell: They both need blood to survive. The old Jerry from what I remember was incredibly debonair, had a certain dignity to him, felt like an intellectual, felt incredibly cultured. My guy is none of those things. I felt like a social parasite. He’s somebody that really enjoyed the stress that he posed to those around him. My guy would be nothing without fear, without the fear he could instill in people. I got the chance to play a brutal vampire, somebody who wasn’t concerned with anything, including love.
The Right Script
Christopher Mintz-Plasse: When I read the script I thought, “They got it. They figured it out.” They figured out how to make it contemporary with enough homage [to please] fans of the original movie but at the same time take them on a different ride.
Marti Noxon: The characters in this story were so real that I could really identify with Charlie’s journey. Buffy [the Vampire Slayer] was a very grounded character. We spent a lot of time relating our personal experiences and then portraying them in this really super natural world. With Anton’s character I felt like there is a real story to be told about this new generation of kids now that are so deep in pop culture.
Research for the Jerry Dandrige Role
Farrell: Obviously it’s tricky to research. You can’t be walking down third street promenade and have a nibble on someone’s neck, you know, or maybe you can, maaaybe I did back in the day. [Laughs]
Farrell on Fatherhood Affecting His Choice of Characters
Farrell: Yeah, I only like playing savage killers now. I don’t know, yeah, everything changes everything.
Fright Night Love
Anton Yelchin: I was, am, and will always be a huge fan of the original performance. I tried to bring what was the most honest thing to this character. But also, in the original, when Charley’s mania peaks, it worked so well. I wanted to bring that to this [film] so that when [my] mania peaked, it was like the original. It was about balancing the borrowing what I wanted and what I was trying to accomplish.
Jerry Dandrige vs. Edward Cullen
Farrell: It all depends on what you’re fighting for. If they’re fighting for a lump of meat, Jerry. If they were fighting for the love of a woman, I’m afraid that Cullen would win.
Vampire’s Typical Homoerotic Nature
Craig Gillespie: He goes with both teams. He just needs blood and he’ll get it from wherever he can. This vampire wasn’t based on the emotional fluster that you had in some of the classic vampires.