Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Are The Makers of the Upcoming "Fright Night" Remake Film Related to Bonnie Hammer?
Were the makers of the upcoming "Fright Night" remake film spawned from the same pile of bullshit as SyFy Channel executives were?
The original (and only true" "Fright Night" movie) was released in 1985 with little to no fanfare. Those who went to see it were treated to a surprisingly humorous and innovative take on the vampire legend (up to and including the fondness of vampire Jerry Dandridge for snacking on apples in between drinking blood). "Fright Night" (1985) remains to this day a well written....well cast....and well directed horror movie having achieved the same level of respect the original "Lost Boys" movie has. The cast members of "Fright Night" (1985) elevated the film to stratospheric heights through the absolute strength of their strong personalities alone. And these cast members had genuine chemistry together. It's because "Fright Night" (1985) benefitted from a cast who were and are way above brilliance in their chosen craft. These were and are extremely gifted actors who came from a solid background in their training...enough to allow their dynamic personalities to come through loud and clear in their performances. Not the sort of cast members you would ordinarily find in a horror film.
Chris Sarandon as vampire Jerry Dandridge cannot be replaced in any bullshit remake film. He was just too damn good in the role. The late Roddy McDowell was of course...his usual superb self playing Peter Vinvent. Having Chris Sarandon and Roddy McDowell in the same horror film remains astonishing to this day...in that their equally brilliant performances elevated this film to Steven Spielberg level quality. William Ragsdale is exhaustingly sincere in this film, Stephen Geoffreys is quirky and hilarious, and Amanda Bearse does the doting girlfriend bit very well to hilarious heights.
The question remains of course....Why does "Fright Night" (1985) need to be remade? The answer is...It doesn't need to be remade. The only reason why it's being remade is because present day Hollywood is creatively bankrupt. Hollywood couldn't pull an original idea out of its asshole nowadays if its collective corporate existence depended upon it.
Like Bonnie Hammer and her fellow creatively bankrupt imbeciles at the SyFy Channel (Mark Stern, David Howe) having no respect whatsoever for the original source material of the "1978 Battlestar Galactica" series from where they keep drawing ideas to make one lame ass reimagining series after another...early indications are that the makers of the "Fright Night" remake film have no respect whatsoever for the original 1985 film. There's a line of dialogue in the remake film that goes something like this...."Dandridge? What sort of a name is Jerry Dandridge for a vampire?"...We all know where this is going, don't we? In Ronald D. Moore's pilot episode / mini series for his "Galactica in Name Only" series....one of the asshole characters says...."Starbuck? What sort of a name is Starbuck?....Buck!! Buck!! Buck!!"
Hatred of the source material...indeed!! Mine it for ideas...and hate it at the same time!!
Are you holding out on us....Bonnie Hammer? Are any of your relatives making the "Fright Night" remake film? Or are you moonlighting as one of its producers under a pseudonym?
Posted by Languatron at 9:12 AM