The Fright Night panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2011 started off on an awesome note when Shawn Phillips of Yahoo Movies began the panel with words of warning to the Twilight fans lurking around the convention.
“This is not the sparkly vampire movie panel,” he began, introducing the panel discussion for the upcoming vampire film Fright Night 3D. Oh no, this, he said, was the “bad-ass, bloodthirsty vampire panel.” That of course got a cheer from the audience. Clearly the Twilight fans were hanging out in another part of the massive convention.
Colin Farrell, who plays the vampire Jerry, was greeted with loads of love and cheers, even when director Craig Gillespie asked him to go off stage when he called him out too early. Farrell left the stage, walking backward. “He’s good. He’s better in reverse,” joked Gillespie.
Fellow cast member Anton Yelchin (Star Trek) was also met with huge applause and some cheers of “I love you!” and Chris Sarandon, the vampire from the 1985 original, also made an appearance.
Gillespie, who shot the film in 3-D, said he knew he wanted to direct the remake as soon as he read the script by Marti Noxon. “It was so clearly written for me,” he said. ”I could visualize it instantly.”
Farrell also chatted honestly about the film, he admitted that at first he was reluctant to take the role of Jerry because he loved the original and Sarandon’s performance so much.
Writer Noxon was thrilled he did accept the part, as she wanted to bring more “viciousness and sexuality” to the vampire genre. “I didn’t want a vampire who played piano,” joked Noxon, who used to write for one of the greatest shows ever, Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Like all panels at the convention, everyone kept pretty quiet, not wanting to spoil the film. They did reveal that unlike the original, they gave Jerry a back story.
They also let everyone know that the film opens in theaters August 19.
But that’s not all, the international trailer and a few clips from the movie were shown as well. Have a look:
What do you think of Fright Night so far? Do you plan on seeing it in theaters this summer?