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Fright Night (1985) vs. Fright Night (2011): Why the update's far more old-fashioned than the classic

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Real men do not read Twilight.

That’s what high school kid Charley Brewster (Anton Yelchin) tells his nerdy, vampire-obsessed friend Evil Ed (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) in the 2011 update of the campy horror classic Fright Night. What he’s really saying is clear: this is not going to be one of those romantic vampire movies where some pale, skinny guy messes around with a pretty young promise-ring type but refrains from sticking it in her (his tooth, that is).

And Charley’s right. The vampire in this movie (a bloodlicker named Jerry, played by real-life nighthawk Colin Farrell) is not a moral guy. Living on the outskirts of Las Vegas, he’s a stripper-torturing, teenage-girl-perverting, Real Housewives of New Jersey-watching fang-banger who preys on single moms and brags to the cops that he’s making the local women scream every night. (Read EW’s excellent defense of Jerry’s horrible, disgusting mercilessness here.)

So what’s that bad boy doing in such a conservative movie? After the jump, we’ll discuss why this sexier, bloodier update is actually far more old-fashioned than the 1985 original. WARNING: There are tons of major spoilers below. Plus, “Edward Cullen” and “chastity belt” are used very close together. Read at your own risk.

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Grow a pair (of fangs): Thank goodness for horrible, disgusting, merciless vampires

Can we please put a stake through the heart of the thoughtful, sensitive vampire?

You know, the kind that just needs the love of a nice girl to keep his deathly cold body warm through night? The poetry-reading kind. The sparkly kind.

This is why I am grateful for the whacked-out, Friday-night-at-the-summertime-drive-in vibe of this weekend’s Fright Night remake, which takes the vampire out of the gothic, mist-shrouded castle and plunks him into the middle of suburban life — but unlike Twilight or The Vampire Diaries, or (most recently, unfortunately) True Blood — Colin Farrell’s bloodsucker isn’t here to be a prom date.

For too long, we’ve had to deal with the cuddly kind. I’m making the case for the bad guys … READ FULL STORY

Do you trust Betty White? Survey says you do!

I have trouble believing that people “trust” celebrities. That’s probably because I have trouble trusting anyone. (My sister: “Try this mascara!” Me: “What’s your motive?”) At any rate, a survey of humans claims Betty White is the most popular and “most trusted” celebrity.

Meanwhile, you wouldn’t let Paris Hilton or Charlie Sheen babysit your hamster, much less consider them worthy of your “trust.” Lauds to you, America, for your excellent judge of character. (But jeers for making Paris Hilton a celebrity in the first place. Thankfully, you’re over that.)

More fun facts from said poll, conducted by Reuters/Ipsos to determine the celebrity most likely to drive up the business of a brand they endorse: You also trust the likes of America’s male sweetheart Tom Hanks; America’s actual sweetheart Sandra Bullock; the man who narrated a movie about little adorable penguins, Morgan Freeman; and Kate Middleton, who reuses her clothes, officially giving us all no reason not to trust her. Joining Hilton and Sheen at the bottom (of humanity), is Britney Spears, Kanye West, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tiger Woods, Kim Kardashian, Mel Gibson, Donald Trump and LeBron James.

What do you think of that list, PopWatchers? Who would you add/subtract?

Hide yo' kids, hide yo' wife: 'Hostel' hits the theme park

Because when I think “torture porn,” I immediately think “good-time family fun.” Don’t you?! Horror auteur Eli Roth is teaming up with Universal Studios to create a theme-park riff on his 2005 genre-reviving film, Hostel. “Eli Roth’s Hostel: Hunting Season,” takes its bloody bow at Universal Studios’ Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights on Sept. 23 and will run through Halloween. READ FULL STORY

'The Walking Dead': Will you still watch now that Frank Darabont has walked away?

Has The Walking Dead gone brain dead? Fans and critics are sweating the possibility now that Frank Darabont will no longer serve as showrunner of AMC’s hit adaptation of the Robert Kirkman zombie comic. Veteran TV scribe Glen Mazarra (Crash) will succeed Darabont as the drama’s major domo. Theories abound for Darabont’s abrupt departure, from frustration with the exhausting grind of making TV to budget concerns. Regardless, the news has made Walking Dead fandom rather uneasy. One entertainment blogger and fan — in an addendum to a recently posted essay ruminating on the drama’s long-term viability — said: “I think this adds some murkiness to the future and the direction of the show.” Wrote critic Alan Sepinwall of HitFix.com: “I’m a big believer in creative continuity on shows — though at least Robert Kirkman, who writes The Walking Dead comic, is still on staff — and at first glance this certainly doesn’t seem like great news for season 2. But there are too many unknown variables here to say for sure.”  READ FULL STORY

Freddy Krueger joins 'Mortal Kombat'

Say what you will about the seemingly odd pairing of Freddy Krueger with Mortal Kombat, but the addition of the razor-gloved psychopath is certainly going to shake things up. Warner Bros. Games and NetherRealm Studios released a promo yesterday welcoming the horror icon to their franchise. Decked out with not one but two razor gloves for extra carnage, Freddy maintains his spooky sense of humor, issuing his opponents a casual wave goodbye and a menacing laugh after he slices and dices them. This addition brings new meaning to the idea of “dream warriors” from the third Nightmare on Elm Street film. Freddy joins the Kombat universe on Aug. 9. See the full promo after the jump. READ FULL STORY

Watch Sean Bean die...21 times!!! (Warning: Contains 21 spoilers.)

Some actors are great at singing. Some are just super at dancing. But Sean Bean is awesome at dying.

As the Sean Bean Death Reel YouTube clip below demonstrates, there’s always a good chance the Brit actor is going to buy the farm. So sit back and “enjoy” the sight of the Beanster getting smothered, shot, impaled, blown up, torn apart by horses, beheaded, hung, bayoneted, and, most ignominiously, pushed off a cliff by cows.

Oh, the humanity!!!

What’s your favorite Bean demise? Or film in which he actually survives until the end credits (I’m assuming there must be some).

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Sean Bean cast as Snow White’s father in Julia Roberts fairy tale

Judgment Day: Hunker down for the looming apocalypse with these 'instructional' movies

I don’t believe that the world is coming to an end on Saturday, but I’m a strong proponent in being prepared. Sooner or later, some doomsday alarmist is going to be right — I guess? — and it can’t hurt to be ready. While others might brace for the End by spending time with loved ones or in houses of worship, I’m preparing for what comes after the End by watching movies. There’s a lot that can be learned from Hollywood about what awaits the unfortunate survivors of a looming apocalypse, and I’d like to suggest the following mini-marathon to get your mind right. READ FULL STORY

Rob Lowe's got his fingers on a Butterfingers movie

Now, it’s scary how many Butterfingers I could eat in one sitting, but I certainly wouldn’t expect anyone to make a horror movie about the peanut butter-y candies. But, apparently, someone has. In fact, “the modern master of psychological terror” has. That’s right: Rob Lowe has directed Butterfinger the 13th, the “first-ever film produced not by a major studio or filmmaker, but by one of America’s iconic candy brands,” according to the candy company. (Butterfinger sees your Candy Land adaptation, Universal, and bypasses you one further!) No, this isn’t the subject of a Parks and Recreation episode: Lowe really has directed a film for Butterfingers, according to his publicist. Specifically, the film is a 25-minute-long comedy-horror, complete with the tagline, “You can’t scream with your mouth full.” So not only does Lowe have eclectic tastes when it comes to his career (jumping from brat pack flicks to Tommy Boy to The West Wing to Brothers & Sisters to Parks and Recreation to buying Miramax), but he also has good taste when it comes to candy. See the trailer after the jump — the film will be available on Facebook Oct. 13. READ FULL STORY

Is movie/TV version of Stephen King's 'The Dark Tower' doomed?

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There was a time when even Stephen King didn’t think he’d finish the tale of Roland the Gunslinger and his quest to reach The Dark Tower. It took the near-death experience of getting hit by an out-of-control driver to finally spur him toward a resolution.

Now come rumblings that an ambitious plan by Ron Howard to make three movies and two TV mini-series out of the six-shooter-and-sorcery books — first suggested in April 2010 — may never even begin, as Universal Pictures, NBC and Howard’s Imagine Entertainment try to come to terms on how much it should cost, who pays for it, and what they’ll likely get in return.

For weeks, I’ve heard from the studio, “We’re still working it out,” but Variety‘s story yesterday took a pessimistic turn: “They may not.” READ FULL STORY

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