- Cast: Colin Farrell, David Tennant, Anton Yelchin, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Toni Collette, Imogen Poots, Dave Franco, Reid Ewing, Will Denton, Chelsea Tavares, Sandra Vergara, Emily Montague, Grace Phipps, Charlie B. Brown, Cliff Gravel, Tina Borek, Ryan Schaefer, Rick A. Ortega Jr., Viola Valdez
- Director: Craig Gillespie
- Writers: Marti Noxon, Tom Holland
- Producers: Michael De Luca, Michael J. Gaeta, Alison R. Rosenzweig
- Executive Producers: Lloyd Ivan Miller, Ray Angelic, Josh Bratman
- Art Direction: Randy Moore
- Castings: Jo Edna Boldin, Allison Jones
- Costume Design: Susan Matheson
- D.O.P.: Javier Aguirresarobe
- Editor: Tatiana S. Riegel
- Makeup: Douglas Noe
- Music: Ramin Djawadi
- Production Design: Richard Bridgland
- Set Decoration: K.C. Fox
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.
- Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
- Filming Locations: Albuquerque, USA
- MPAA Warning: Bloody horror violence and language including some sexual references
- Production Budget: $17 million
- Production Companies: Film4, The Weinstein Company, DreamWorks SKG, Gaeta / Rosenzweig Films, Michael De Luca Productions, Paradise F.X. Corp.
- Production Schedule: 26 July 2010 - 1 October 2010
2011 Guide Analysis: "Anyone who grew up with 80's horror will remember this 1985 cult vampire comedy which scored good reviews and was a big enough surprise hit to spawn a lesser sequel. Now, with so many films of that decade getting remade or rebooted, it didn't exactly come as a shock when it was announced that Hollywood had gotten around to giving this another whack.
The good news is the tone of the original is being adhered to - no silly emo vampires with Abercrombie looks and brooding poet personalities. Jerry Dandridge doesn't have fangs, he becomes "like 'Jaws'...full of teeth" when his vampire side emerges says one crew member. Director Craig Gillespie certainly knows quirky, having helmed the well-reviewed "Lars and the Real Girl", while "Buffy" series writer Marti Noxon penned the script and made it very much her mission to keep the spirit of the original intact.
That hasn't stopped her from making some rather odd changes, most notably the setting which is now Las Vegas. Roddy McDowall's turn as an aged horror actor turned washed up cable TV host was the scene stealer of the first film. Here the character has been changed into a Kriss Angel-esque illusionist who uses horror imagery in his act. That could go all sorts of wrong, but the casting in this case is former "Doctor Who" star David Tennant which creates some interesting possibilities.
The unexpected casting here by far is Colin Farrell as Dandridge. Chris Sarandon added surprising layers to the vampire role in the original - respectable, a little sleazy, seductive, omnisexual and even a creepy sense of patience. It was a cool and collected performance which only went into histrionics once the makeup was in full force. Farrell is a good actor, but whether he fits the material here remains to be seen.
The role of Charlie's mother, played by Toni Collette, looks to be greatly expanded with her character falling under Jerry's spell rather than Charlie's girlfriend. Evil Ed also shows up here, though I doubt actor Christopher Mintz-Plasse ("Superbad," "Kick Ass") will end up getting into gay porn the way the original actor Stephen Geoffreys did. As much as I loathe the idea of yet another remake of a perfectly good film, I'm ashamed to admit I am somewhat curious here."