The ’80s have somehow gone from the decade everyone pretended to forget to the decade everyone’s pretending to remember. Whereas previously, those ten years of pop culture were derided as a wasteland of legwarmers, pastel alligator shirts, and big hair, now big-budget reincarnations of Clash of the Titans, The Karate Kid, and Tron are being marketed to teenagers who were nine years away from being a gleam in their daddy’s eye when the originals came out.
Another to add onto the growing list is the upcoming remake of the super-fun 1985 vampire flick Fright Night, which just got huge casting news in the form of Colin Farrell and Toni Collette. The Hollywood Reporter’s Heat Vision blog reports that Farrell has signed on to play the bloodsucker-next-door originally portrayed with suave menace by Chris Sarandon, and Collette will play the already-cast Anton Yelchin’s single mom.
Honestly, I think I really like both of these casting choices. Collette, if her maternal roles in The United States of Tara and The Sixth Sense indicate anything, will probably bring an added depth and sympathy to the mother seduced by the vampire’s charms that was somewhat absent in the original. And Farrell, who recently has been off finding himself in more introverted roles in smaller movies like In Bruges and Ondine, will finally get to chew some scenery and use his considerable Celtic charisma for the purposes of evil.
Are you excited about these Fright-ful developments? Those of you who love the original, do you find your nostalgia for it enhancing or detracting from your excitement for a remake? And finally, where is Chris Sarandon and why hasn’t someone given him an awesome villainous comeback role yet?