DreamWorks brought “Fright Night” to Comic-Con, which opens Aug. 19.
Craig Gillespie introduced the entire cast of the “Fright Night”
reboot, including Colin Farrel, Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots and Christopher Mintz-Plasse and scribe Marti Noxon. Original 1985 pic’s vamp Chris Sarandon moderated the panel.
Referring to the latest trend in vampires, “I didn’t want to write a vampire that plays the piano,” Noxon said “I missed the kind of viciousness and sexiness that Colin posessed.”
Farrell feared the film would be another example of Hollywood’s lack of creativity but took the role when he read the script and saw that the character was different enough.
“It was a lot of fun to pick up the fangs,” Farrel said.
The audience sparked to a clip with David Tennant, who plays the Peter Vincent role originated by Roddy McDowall.
Gillespie only watched the original a couple weeks before lensing the new “Fright Night.”
“It’s a reimagining rather than a redoing,” Sarandon said, while giving his approval to the film.
“I’ve had a lot more fun the past six years,” Farrell said to answer a fan’s question of his career. “I came to success really quickly, and you could say the films were shit. I lost sight of why I went to my first acting class. I feel like the last six years I’ve reconnected why it’s fun to be an actor.”
“I read a lot of the material out there,” Farrel answered to why he’s chosen certain roles recently. “If I connect to something my lips start moving with the dialog. It’s something you can’t control.”
And this being Comic-Con, Farrell didn’t have a superhero he wanted to play when asked by a fan. “I thought I was playing a superhero when I was playing Alexander but that didn’t pan out,” Farrel joked.