At Comic-Con, we got a sneak peek at a ton of crazy footage from the Fright Night remake. Find out more about David Tennant's douchey vampire "expert," an explosive loophole in the vampire invitation rule, and a seriously bloody car chase. Plus, Christopher Mintz-Plasse's Evil Ed got in a quick dig at Twilight.
The first scene we saw opens with Evil Ed trying to convince Charlie (Anton Yelchin) that Charlie's new neighbor, Jerry, is vampire. Ed, clutching a gothic cross, taps frantically at a diagram he's made in a notebook tracking recent disappearances. "Your house is right in the middle," he tells Charlie, and then points out that Jerry's windows are blacked out.
"Lots of people in Vegas have blacked out windows," Charlie says. "They work the strip at night and sleep during the day." Just because Jerry has blacked out windows and people have gone missing doesn't mean Jerry is a Dracula. Ed doesn't miss a beat as he sputters, "Dracula is a specific person."
Charlie accuses Ed of reading too much Twilight. "That's fiction!" Ed replies, and continues on his breathless rant until he finally points at Charlie and grouses, "And I'm so mad you think I read Twilight.
"The original [Fright Night] had interesting relationships that I thought could commented on 20 years later," screenwriter Marti Noxon told the audience, adding that she particularly wanted to revisit the relationship between Charlie and Evil Ed, especially in light of today's popular culture. "The world of Comic-Con is very much alive in the movie," she said.
In the second scene, the vampire Jerry shows up at Charlie's front door, asking to borrow a six-pack. Jerry launches into an uncomfortable monologue about Charlie's mother and girlfriend. He stands against the doorway, hair greased, wearing a slightly too-tight t-shirt, as he waxes on Charlie's mother's sexual energy. "And that girl of yours, she's ripe," Jerry continues as Charlie stares at him, agape. "Bet there's a line of guys who'd love to pluck her. Your mom, too. There's a lot on your shoulders. It's on you to look out for them, guy."
Noxon said, "I wanted to write a vampire who didn't play the piano." Not that there's anything wrong with piano-playing vampires — she was quick to add. "But I missed a kind of viciousness and sexuality that I felt Colin imbued."
It's the third scene that finally brought out the vicious side of Jerry. Charlie's mom Jane (played by Toni Collette) walks in to a room to find Charlie whittling a stake. Charlie tries to pass it off as a goof for his girlfriend, but when the doorbell rings, Charlie jumps up and orders his mother not to open the door. He runs downstairs to find girlfriend Amy (Imogen Poots) walking in the door. After Charlie desperately scolds his mother for not locking the door, Amy takes Charlie to task for acting so weird lately and blowing him off. Her eye drifts to his hand. "Is that a stake?" she asks. Charlie tells her she has to forget about him before she gets hurt.
Their argument is interrupted by Jerry knocking at the door. Jerry calls to Jane through the door, saying that Charlie is harassing him, that Charlie broke into his house, and he doesn't want to call the authorities, but he wants to talk to her. Charlie quietly pleads with his mother not to open the door, and Jane, rolling her eyes, relents, shouting to Jerry to "Call the authorities."
Jerry walks off, but returns a moment later, shovel in hand. The trio inside the house watch him, perplexed, as he passes by the windows and heads for the backyard. Charlie says they'll be safe as long as they don't invite Jerry inside. "Like a vampire?" Jane asks, grinning in amusement. "That's your angle on this?" "I don't think this is funny," Amy complains.
Jerry plunges his shovel into the grass, and they watch in increasingly terrified confusion as he hurls huge chunks of dirt aside. Jerry's vampire strength is played comedically here, as he maniacally digs up the house's gas line and gives it a good hard tug, separating the line from the over. He grins at Charlie, Amy, and Jane and lights the gas. "Don't need an invitation if there's no house," he says.
The three terrified humans dash for the garage and hop in Jane's SUV. Jane hits Jerry's motorcycle as she guns the car out of the garage, and when Jerry tries to ride the bike in pursuit, he finds the wheel crushed.
In the SUV, everyone scrambles for their phones, but no one can get any reception as they drive into the desert. Suddenly, something comes crashing through the window right by Amy's head. As Jerry's bike tumbles out of the back window and onto the road, Jane shrieks, demanding to know what is chasing them and Charlie repeats that Jerry's a vampire. Just seconds later, Jane spots headlights in the review, and Jerry's pickup truck gains on them, bumping the SUV a few times before passing them. When he gets a few lengths ahead, Jerry pulls the pickup truck across the road, and gets out of the car, waiting. Charlie tells Jane to hit Jerry. After a moment's hesitation, she does it. The SUV spins the pickup truck off to the side of the road and leaves a trail of Jerry's blood.
"Did I kill him?" Jane asks.
"Let's hope so," Charlie answers.
They wait for a moment and hear strange sounds, and quickly realize the sounds are coming from the car itself. Something starts punching through the floor of the car until several clawed fingers burst through. Charlie screams, "Fucked up vampire hand!" and Jane stops the SUV. The scene ends with the SUV getting rear-ended by yet another vehicle, setting off the airbags.
Farrell said he was actually reluctant to play Jerry, since he was such a huge fan of the original Fright Night. When he heard about the remake, he said, "I was dubious. I thought, 'Here we go. Hollywood and its originality.'" But he appreciated that Noxon's script paid homage to the original while taking things — especially Jerry's character — in a new direction. Noxon said the new movie hints more at Jerry's backstory, but director Craig Gillespie added that he wanted to retain an air of mystery. "He's a predator, and you don't want to give away too much information."
The final scene introduced David Tennant's illusionist and faux vampire expert Peter Vincent. Charlie enters the living room of Vincent's home, a tacky mishmash of over-the-top decor, complete with a built-in bar. Vincent is, at first, wearing a long leather coat and leather pants, long curly hair, sideburns, and the facial hair you'd expect from a Vegas magician. Vincent rips off the coat, revealing his bare chest and stomps over to the bar. He pulls out a bottle and pours a shot. "Tastes like piss, but I'm hooked," he says. "Want one?" Charlie declines, and Vincent asks, "You want a Shirley Temple?"
As Vincent tromps back toward Charlie, he rips off the long hair, revealing his natural hair. He flops onto a chair, pulling his legs as wide apart as he can manage and scratches his crotch, complaining about the chafing properties of leather pants. "So I'm the expert for your vampire problem?" he asks.
Vincent starts peeling off his facial hair — the beard, the mustache, even his sideburns turn out to be fakes. "I know what you do on your show is an illusion," he says, but he needs advice on how to kill a vampire in real life. This earns a snort from Vincent, who mockingly humors him with the usuals — fire, decapitation, a garlic omelet, or a classic stake through the heart. "So that stuff really works?" Charlie asks. "Well, maybe not the garlic omelet," Vincent says. Then, exasperated, he barks, "How should I know?"