Empire magazine’s Big Screen Weekend closed this Sunday at the O2 arena with the UK Premiere of Fright Night 3D – a remake of the 1985 film. Introducing the film to the three packed theatres in person was co-star David Tennant and amazingly we managed to squeeze a question in on the red carpet.
The Craig Gillespie Directed remake stars Anton Yelchin, Collin Farrel, David Tennant, Imogen Poots and Toni Collette.
Tennant plays Peter Vincent, a drunk Las Vegas illusionist who hoardes a collection of vampire fighting equiptment. When high school student Charley Brewster (Anton Yelchin) becomes obsessed with the idea that his new neighbour Jerry (Colin Farrel) might be a vampire who is killing his class mates, Charlie turns to Vincent for help.
It may seems as though we’ve had remake and vampire overload recently and horror purists have been almost telepathically willing there to be a return to classic horror where the villains are really nasty and there are girls in floaty white dresses to be rescued. Well here it is. The blood and terror starts well before the opening credits and continues throughout the film interrupted only by jokes and story. Although it was filmed in 3D, the fast paced film doesn’t really need the extra dimension as the only things that are sent out of the screen are a tin of paint and a car and it wasn’t bright enough to compensate for the dimming effect of the glasses. I expect theatres will cotton on to that and it will change but for now I would stick to two dimensions.
Causing a stir with a leopard print tie like this one at Swagger and Swoon, David Tennant answered a couple of questions before the Premiere
CH: Hi David, there’s alot of Vampire Movies and Shows at the moment…
DT: Yes, but none of them are as good as this. So that’s fine, we don’t need to worry about that.
CH: What do you think sets this film apart from all the others in the genre?
DT: I think because it’s kind of an old school vampire movie, it’s the kind of one we havn’t been seeing recently because [Jerry’s] a monster, he’s a proper [monster], he will rip your head off…because he’s bored. and I think there’s something liberating about a return to that.
Well here’s a little video filmed by Jodie Burch of David on the Red Carpet. Fright Night (2011) hits the UK Cinemas on 2nd Sptember 2011.