Exclusive: Colin Farrell and Director Craig Gillespie Talk FRIGHT NIGHT at CinemaCon

     March 30, 2011

Colin Farrell and Craig Gillespie interview FRIGHT NIGHT slice

Shortly after DreamWorks presentation ended at CinemaCon yesterday, I got to go backstage and sit down with Colin Farrell and director Craig Gillespie to talk about their upcoming remake of Fright Night.  While I know an awful lot about the film, it wasn’t until yesterday’s presentation that I finally got to see some footage from the August release.  Thankfully, unlike recent vampire movies and TV shows that feature vampires as friendly or misunderstood creatures, Fright Night features a cold blooded killer.  Simply put, Colin Farrell plays Jerry like the shark in Jaws, and the footage yesterday looked like they made a really cool movie.  For more of my thoughts (or to watch my video blog recap), click here.

During the very loose interview with Farrell and Gillespie, we talked about what it was like to make Fright Night, the challenge of playing a character without emotion, how they chose what scene to show at CinemaCon.  In addition, you can watch us talk about toothpicks, Farrell revealing that DreamWorks has offered Gillespie another film, and Farrell confirms he is definitely doing Total Recall and they start to film in May.  Hit the jump to watch.

fright_night_1985_movie_poster_01Finally, DreamWorks has released the official synopsis for Fright Night which also stars Anton Yelchin, Toni Collette, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, David Tennant and Imogen Poot.

Senior Charlie Brewster (Yelchin) finally has it all going on: he’s running with the popular crowd and dating the most coveted girl in his high school. In fact, he’s so cool he’s even dissing his best friend. But trouble arrives when Jerry (Farrell) moves in next door. He seems like a great guy at first, but there’s something not quite right—but everyone, including Charlie’s mom (Collette), doesn’t notice. After observing some very strange activity, Charlie comes to an unmistakable conclusion: Jerry is a vampire preying on the neighborhood. Unable to convince anyone, Charlie has to find a way to get rid of the monster himself in this Craig Gillespie-helmed revamp of the comedy-horror classic.

Here’s the interview:

Colin Farrell and Craig Gillespie

  • Celine Dion talk
  • Farrell offers me a toothpick
  • What was it like on set making Fright Night
  • Farrell talks about his character’s lack of fear and the challenges of playing a character without emotion
  • How Jerry is the shark in Jaws
  • They talk about the 8 minute scene they showed at CinemaCon and the lack of edits and Farrell’s characters aggressiveness.
  • Gillespie says the rest of the film takes place over one night
  • I throw a curveball…and ask about the test screening they did last week. Watch as Farrell reacts
  • Farrell says something he probably shouldn’t have…and reveals DreamWorks has offered Gillespie another film
  • Farrell confirms he is doing Total Recall and they start shooting in May

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