The Return of "Fright Night"

11/12/2009 Posted by Admin

By our guest blogger, Jonathan Wu

With the spread of vampire fever in the cinema world it appears DreamWorks Studio is looking to cash in. The studio has recently hired Marti Noxon, currently a writer-producer for the TV show "Mad Men," to write for the remake of "Fright Night," a vampire comedy horror film first released in 1985.

Noxon's writing resume, which includes the TV show "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and its spin off series "Angel," makes her a perfect candidate for the job.

The original "Fright Night" was written and directed by Tom Holland staring Chris Sarandon, Roddy Mcdowall and William Ragsdale. It resolves around a teenager (Ragsdale) who realizes that his new neighbors are actually vampires but no one will believe him.

The studio announced that the remake will keep the comedy horror nature of the original film but will revamp the special effects.

The biggest question about this move is this--if remake history has told us anything, is cashing in on the vampire obsession worth our time and ruining a hit comedy horror film that was a recipient of three Saturn awards and a Fantasporto award? And could improved effects and a rewrite of the script improve anything? It'll probably make DreamWorks some money, so anyone from their camp would probably say yes.

But what do you think?


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