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.


I Am Number Four: February 18

Walt Disney Studios releases this science fiction adventure about nine alien teen-agers who seek sanctuary on Earth after their planet is obliterated. Unfortunately, their enemies show up and begin hunting them down, one by one. As you can guess from the title, our hero is fourth in line for extermination. D. J. Caruso directed from a script by Alfred Gough & Miles Millar and Marti Noxon, based on the novel by Jobie Hughes and James Frey (under the pseudonym “Pittacus Lore”). Alex Pettyfer, Timothy Olyphant, Teresa Palmer, and Dianna Agron head the cast.