David Tennant and Mintz-Plasse Cast in Fright Night Remake

June 8, 2010
Source: Heat Vision

David Tennant & Christopher Mintz-Plasse

Okay, consider my interest in Craig Gillespie's remake of the campy horror film Fright Night skyrocketing through the roof with this recent bit of casting news from Heat Vision, which says David Tennant ("Doctor Who") and Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Kick-Ass) have joined the project alongside Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrell and Toni Collette. We recently found out the setting of the remake moves the story from a suburban town to Las Vegas where a teen (Yelchin) is convinced that his new neighbor (Farrell) is a vampire when his mother falls under the spell of the charming bloodsucker. How do Tennant & Mintz-Plasse come into play?

Tennant will play the "Criss Angel-like" master showman Peter Vincent who seems to be the only one who believes Yelchin, but despite claims of vast vampire knowledge, he's just a clueless stage magician putting on a show. Meanwhile Mintz-Plasse is playing Evil Ed, Yelchin's friend who feels slighted that Charlie has left his nerdy past behind and thus joins the vampire's cause. Tennant hasn't yet made a huge splash stateside aside from his role in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, so I'm excited for him to snag a role like this. Of course, Mintz-Plasse has ridden the McLovin wave to quite an impressive career and this should be a decent follow-up to his turn as Red Mist. Consider me in full anticipation of this remake. How about you guys?

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The cast is fucking great! I'm starting to come to terms with this remake, and I'm really interested in Mintz-Plasse as Evil Ed. Colin Farrell will be great as the Vamp, and Tennant will be awesome! Yelchin and Collette are always great in whatever they are in, so I'm sold.

Xerxex on Jun 8, 2010


This rebootamakening concerns me slighly. I'm sorry, but the original is one of my favorite movies of any genre and I have to say, although the casting is solid, I have a real problem with the Vegas setting and the Criss Angel type character. Why not have the Peter Vincent character be some kind of blogger who runs his own movie website (I wonder where can you find research material on that subject? 🙂 or better still, how about a late night horror movie TV host? I'm sure they still exist somewhere in the far reaches of the 500 channel universe. I'm still not convinced Farrell can pull off the lead, but I'm feeling good about the rest of the cast. McLovin as Evil Ed. That will probably work. What about Dandridge's assistant or the Amy character? All I know is that sweet-ass trenchcoat better be there. No grey leather Trenchcoat, no Fright Night. It's just that simple. DLM Entertainment

DLM Entertainment on Jun 9, 2010


I'm the original and even the sequel! I think if they go about the script the right way it will definitely be a sweet ass remake/horror movie.

Cameron on Jun 9, 2010


"DLM" is seriously whacked out!! I love the original Firght Night as well but the Last thing that comes to mind when I think on what made that movie good was the "Trenchcoat"! The "Trenchcoat"??! Are we freaking serious? All the ideas behind this movie are spot on. The script is by Joss Whedon alum Marti Noxon, so I will not argue with anything she comes up with until I see it. Dare I say it, but this movie could end up being BETTER than the original!!

JAY on Jun 9, 2010


Jay, Where's the love? I like the trenchcoat. It was badass back in 1985 when I was young and impressionable. and it's still badass today. Am I whacked out? Usually. But I like this movie and it holds a firm place in my heart from my youth. So when someone gets the idea to remake films I hold dear, it bothers me. Sometimes, they're okay. Very rare they're great. Most of the time their steaming piles of shit. Blame no talent writers, blame poorass CGI, blame moneygrubbing producers, but I'm not alone. I'm subjected to these retreads every other week it seems and to be honest, I'm fed up. Will Fright Night 2010 work? Possibly. Will it be a gigantic turd? Also a possibility. Will it be better than the original? Not in this or any other lifetime friend. I like the non-cgi effects, I like the trenchcoat, and I like the soundtrack. I grew up in the 80s. I'm perpetually sick of remakes. 25 years from now, when you're subjected to the same shit that got released this year, you'll be having the same complaints. Mark my words.

DLM Entertainment on Jun 9, 2010


does this mean its gonna be a comedy?????

pulp fiction212 on Jun 9, 2010


wow so very excited ! Goo Tennant ! He's brilliant.

DarkPadme on Jun 9, 2010


I thought this project was dead???? now its on again??? ...I'm so confused....but really now,why are they doing this anyway????...

blasphemer on Jun 9, 2010


@DLM we already have that compliant right now.

Xerxex on Jun 9, 2010


@DLM..... Look I hear ALL of that! We all love the 80's and a great deal of those movies are near and dear to our hearts but what I can never understand is, If you like the original and if they make a can STILL like the original!! Your love for the original film does not have to change because they are making an updated version for today's audience. Because they are making a NEW Fright Night that does not mean the other will go out of print, will ceased to exist or will never see the light of day again. If you love the original..fine...keep it that way. But the thought that is a terrible idea to remake a film that was very much of it's time period and won't relate to today's audience, does not make sense. Just like in the theater plays get revivals, which is a way to reintroduce them to new audiences, I agree with the same thing happening in film. This way the current generation becomes aware of films they might not have previously known. Let's not forget people that not every audience member lived through the 80's, so for the younger audiences they are seeing these films for the first time....and NO we can't ask them to watch the origianl and fully accept a movie that is drenched in 80's culture that they have no connection to.

JAY on Jun 11, 2010


Jay, I understand entirely that not everyone was alive in the 80's (and that might be a good thing). Perhaps I should be more clear. I don't have a problem with remakes WHEN THEY'RE DONE WELL. What I do have a problem with are talentless mooks who want to try to top an original or do a shot for shot remake and fall flat on their face I happen to LOVE the 2004 remake of Dawn of the Dead. In many ways, vastly superior to the original. Great movie from top to bottom. the Ryan Reynolds Amityville Horror is another fine example of a remake done well. I will always love the original Fright Night and nothing will change that. I am hopeful that the remake would be good. That's all I ask from today's filmmaker. Just f'n entertain me and don't insult my intelligence of half-ass your way through a script. My dollars are hard earned just like everybody else's and when I sit through 90 minutes to 2 hours of shit and having paid $13 or more for my ticket, you can understand I might be a wee bit pissed off. I have an opinion and so do you. No problem, no drama, no hate. I hope they pull off a slick Fright Night. I wish them all the very best and I hope they entertain the shit out of me and you and everyone else who just loves a good horror movie. 'Nuff said. Enjoy the show!

DLM Entertainment on Jun 11, 2010


I can't imagine anyone caring less about this.

Bill in Burlington on Jun 14, 2010


Tennant did star in other films! St Trinians:The Legend of Fritton's Gold.

Jez on Feb 3, 2011

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