Senior Charlie Brewster (Anton 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 (Colin 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 (Toni 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.
- Originally slated for an October 7th 2011 theatrical release.
- Filmed in New Mexico.
- Chris Sarandon (lead vamp from the original) has a brief cameo appearance in the film.
- Dave Franco plays "the arrogant asshole-bully" who's said to be Charley Brewster's "nemesis at school until he runs into Colin [Farrell] who is supposed to be the ultimate bad guy in the movie."
- Sandra Vergara plays Peter Vincent's assistant/girlfriend.
- Imogen Poots plays Charley Brewster's girlfriend.
- Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Kick-Ass) is playing "Evil Ed", Yelchin’s friend who feels slighted that Charlie has left his nerdy past behind and thus joins the vampire’s coven.
- David Tennant (BBC's Doctor Who) will play the Peter Vincent character, who in this remake is a Las Vegas magician whose show revolves around horror-movie imagery. Vincent claims to be a vampire expert, but when the teen turns to him for assistance, he’s less than helpful.
- Toni Collette plays the boy's mother.
- Colin Farrell plays the vampire neighbor.
- The film will supposedly detail the relationship between Charlie and Evil Ed more than they did in the original, with "what it is to be a real man" and masculinity being a focus in their friendship.
- Actor Anton Yelchin (Star Trek, Terminator: Salvation) plays the lead, Charley Brewster.
- Director Craig Gillespie is better known from his comedy efforts as director for flicks like Lars and the Real Girl in 2007 and Mr. Woodcock starring Billy Bob Thornton. He also served as producer and director for the hit Showtime series United States of Tara.
- Writer Marti Noxon (Mad Men) also served as writer/producer for several episodes of the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer series.
- It's said that the studio plans to keep the comedy-horror tone, while modernizing the effects.
- It's rumored that this film may be in 3-D.
- Dreamworks recently purchased the remake rights.
- The obvious remake of the classic 1985 Tom Holland film.
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