Fright Night 3D: Inside the Editing Bay
Yelchin, who's quickly becoming one of the more talked about young actors in Hollywood these days after roles in recent blockbusters including Star Trek and Terminator: Salvation, discussed what fans can expect with his Charlie and how it’s really his posturing to impress new girlfriend, Amy (Imogen Poots), that starts a deadly but tragic chain of events in Fright Night.
“Charlie starts off in the movie where he’s got a new girlfriend, a new group of friends that aren’t really his friends so he tries to, he postures a lot to try and be this person he’s not. It’s this sort of fake, macho thing that he does. And then he meets Jerry and discovers he not some alpha male douchebag but he’s actually a monster who wants to kill everybody that’s important to Charlie. The journey that really goes on is from just posturing his way through life to learning how to actually fight- for me, it was just metaphorically about this darkness that threatened everything that was important to him. So Fright Night really is about him learning how to step up and be able to face that extreme danger and protect those people even if it’s extremely dangerous for him to do so.”
Another scene we watched revolved around Charlie doing some recon work inside Jerry’s house after he begins to suspect that his new neighbor is behind the disappearance of his best friend “Evil” Ed Thompson (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) after Ed tries to warn Charlie about Jerry. I won’t go into the scene too much because I personally think spoilers ruin half the fun for fans, but what I can say is that audiences will get some clues as to just who or what Jerry Dandridge is and just how twisted and vicious Farrell’s version of the iconic vampire really is.
In the original Fright Night, the breakdown of the relationship between pals Charley and Ed was never really explored, but Yelchin discussed how this time Charlie is someone who feels great guilt for leaving his best friend behind and how that guilt is a catalyst for his actions throughout the film.
“There were different stages that I sort of thought Charlie’s journey in-there’s the original stage where he just postures as someone he’s not and leaves Ed behind,” said Yelchin.
“Charlie carries a lot of guilt for leaving Ed behind. Then, when Ed tells him there’s a vampire and Charlie doesn’t believe him, it’s Ed’s disappearance that guides Charley through the next stage. Then the mania sets in for Charlie and there’s some paranoia that Ed might have actually been right and then that ultimate guilt sets in and that’s what makes him realize that life is not worth living if the people you really care about aren’t there anymore.”
“That sort of motivates Charlie to talk himself into fighting this creature to save the people he cares about. It’s kind of a very simple but moving story point that Ed comes to him and asks for help and Charlie just says ‘I have a hot girlfriend with new friends’ and basically is very superficial and rude to a person who was his best friend. It’s very moving and very simple but also kind of grounds the movie in how Charlie’s character continues to develop from that point,” Yelchin added.
We were also shown a scene with some tense back-and-forth conversation between Jerry and Charlie, but the highlight for me was checking out the scene where Charlie and Peter Vincent (David Tennant) meet and Charlie reaches out to the Vegas show entertainer for a little help with his vampire problem.
Peter Vincent, originally portrayed by iconic character actor Roddy McDowall, was undoubtedly the heart and soul behind Holland’s original film so I was curious to see how the updated version would play out. And while a lot of die-hard fans may not be on board, I can appreciate the direction Noxon took when fleshing out the new Peter with some scene-stealing and often hilarious antics.
For Farrell, who’s conscientious that the original Fright Night is sacred material to horror fans, explained how this time around audiences will be privy to a few more details about the mysterious Jerry Dandridge and just where he comes from. “We do give some hints to Jerry’s background a little bit. There is also something that we came up with that will probably piss some of the old fans off- I mean, maybe some will like it but it has something to do with the relationship between Jerry and David Tennant’s character Peter Vincent.”
“We allude to the fact that Jerry and Peter have some history between them before Fright Night that that wasn’t in the original movie. Peter even talks a bit about Jerry and where he comes from and what line of vampire he is because there are several different strains of vampires,” Farrell added. “But for me, even though there are a lot of differences, the one thing I wanted to have in this film was an apple because of Chris Sarandon’s attachment to the apple in the first Fright Night. That was my own nod of the head to Chris’ original Jerry.”
For fans out there who want to get their own glimpse at DreamWorks’s reimagining of Fright Night before its August 19th theatrical bow, check out the first trailer for the film below, courtesy of IGN. Look for more on Fright Night 3D coming soon!