MAD MEN Writer Marti Noxon Penning Remake of FRIGHT NIGHT

     November 12, 2009


We all have skeletons in our closet.  And next to those skeletons, there’s a giant pile of movies that we need to watch and feel ashamed we haven’t already.  One of those movies for me is Fright Night.  I feel like I need to join a support group for this horrible admission but it’s true.  But although I have yet to see the celebrated cult hit, I know that fans must be breathing a little sigh of relief with the news that although a remake is coming, Mad Men writer-producer Marti Noxon will handle the script.  Hit the jump for more and I’ll hit my Netflix queue to move Fright Night from #5 to #1.

fright_night_1985_movie_poster_01.jpgWhile she may have major cred for her work on Mad Men, Joss Whedon fans instantly recognize her name as she served as a writer and producer for Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel.  Even if you’re opposed to any remake of Fright Night, you have to admit that DreamWorks has made a positive decision by hiring Noxon.

For those who don’t know (and thanks to the Netflix synopsis I do now), Fright Night is about horror-movie addict Charley Brewster (William Ragsdale) who discovers that his new neighbor, Jerry Dandridge (Chris Sarandon), is a vampire. His friends and family think he’s gone a little bonkers, but shit gets real when his single mom starts making eyes at Dandridge. When the bloodsucker starts stalking Charley, he turns to TV horror-film host and ghoul-hunter Peter Vincent (Roddy McDowall).

So maybe this is cashing in on the vampire fad rather than an attempt to honor the beloved original, but fans looking to complain will probably have to wait a little longer because Noxon is not a bad choice.  Don’t worry, I’m sure there will be a choice down the line that everyone will find objectionable.

As for me, you have my word that I’ll have seen Fright Night by this time next week.  As for what other great movies I’ve never seen, that’s between me and the skeletons.


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