CONAN THE BARBARIAN & Building the Better Vampire: CFQ’s Black Hole Ultra-Lounge 2:32.2

Special guest Judith Furnari joins Steve Biodrowski, Lawrence French and Dan Persons in an exploration of the cinematic vampire past, present, and future (during which all take a bold, controversial stand against moody, glittery teen vampires). Also, Larry delivers a pithy but definitive verdict on CONAN THE BARBARIAN and his mighty thews.


Fright Night: Cinefantastique Spotlight Podcast 2:32.1

Road Rage Bites: Anton Yelchin (right) courts the wrath of Colin Farrell in FRIGHT NIGHT.
Road Rage Bites: Anton Yelchin (left) courts the wrath of Colin Farrell in FRIGHT NIGHT.

There goes the neighborhood. Charismatically feral vampire Jerry (Colin Farrell) moves into a struggling Las Vegas suburb, and it’s up to teen lovers Charley (Anton Yelchin) and Amy (Imogen Poots) to keep property values from seriously bottoming out by curtailing his ongoing recruitment campaign. Enter indifferent magician Peter Vincent (David Tennant) and screenwriter Marti Noxon (BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER) and you’ve got FRIGHT NIGHT, a retelling of the 1985 tongue-in-cheek mini-classic, modernized with CG effects and goosed with 3D gimmicks. Special guest Judith Furnari joins Cinefantastique Online’s Steve Biodrowski, Lawrence French, and Dan Persons (yes, the band is back together!) as they explore whether the outer reaches of Las Vegas carry more than a little whiff of Sunnydale, and if this remake is worth the literal and figurative blood that was spilled in its making.

Also: A discussion of Ridley Scott’s announced return to the BLADE RUNNER universe, and what’s coming in theaters and on home video.


Pavel Chekov meets the vampires

Anton Yelchin as Chekov


Anton Yelchin as Chekov
Anton Yelchin up for lead in Fright Night remake

Variety reports that actor Anton Yelchin, who played Pavel Chekov in last year’s reboot of STAR TREK, is in negotiations to star in the remake of FRIGHT NIGHT (1985) currently in development. Yelchin would play Charley Bewster, the young man who realizes that his neighbor is a vampire. Craig Gillespie is slated to direct, from a screenplay by Marti Noxon. Yelchin’s other credits include TERMINATOR SALVATION.

Comedy director to remake Fright Night

Recycling some news from Variety, tells us that director Craig Gillespie has come on board to direct a remake of FRIGHT NIGHT, the 1980s horror comedy about a kid who teams up with a horror-television host when a real, live (or, rather, undead) vampire moves in next door. Gillespie’s previous work consists mostly of comedies (MR. WOODCOCK, LARS AND THE REAL GIRL), which may or may not be an indication that the FRIGHT NIGHT remake will emphasize the humor that was a big part of the original.