The new trend in horror film stars are described by Cinematical today as “brooding, pale-skinned, sparkly, fangless, vegan vampires.”
The on-line movie site longs for the days of real horror icons. Cinematical wants real vampires, real, carnivorous creepy types trolling the earth for victims, not lovers.
Take, for instance, the 1980’s classic Fright Night. There were no pale, blotchy, moribund slivers of human flesh to be found in the film. The men were men and the women were victims and usually half-naked, according to the author.
To provide artistic balance to the wimpy, dysthymic, translucent-skinned, after-picture-for-a-weight-loss-plan-marketed-to-anorexics, boys and girls made fashionable by the ponderous paper-doll dramatis personae of Twilight, Hollywood is producing a remake of Fright Night.
The producers wanted a creepy, scary anti-hero and determined the best fit would be a Las Vegas magician.
David Tennant of Doctor Who fame will play Peter Vincent, a Vegas illusionist known for his horror-themed stage shows, who presumably overcomes his fear of vampires to become their worst enemy.
In an earlier piece on the pre-production gossip, Cinematical offered its hope for remake’s choice of characters.
The only concern with the new plot information is that the remake may stray too far from the original. The addition of Charley’s Chriss Angel mentor proves that even if our hero lives in a cozy abode off The Strip, we’ll eventually find ourselves under the Vegas lights . A straight remake was never the answer, but let’s hope (script writer) Noxon doesn’t push this too far.
We could see a Criss Angel type playing a vampire and a vampire hunter but think it would be so much better to have Lance Burton for either role. Lance Burton is classy, healthy, and has the beguiling smile sufficient to hide the horrific fears and emotions felt by the Vincent character. Or, maybe if they want to go contrary to all stereotype, why not use Carrot-Top?