There are two forces working together to make Fright Night a delightfully fun, terrifying vampire movie: The tight script by Buffy alum Marti Noxon, and the cast. You already know that it’s got a stellar leading cast – Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrell, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, David Tennant — but there are four hilarious cameos that really enhance the movie. See if you’re sharp-eyed enough to catch these once you go to see this excellent remake.
Lisa Loeb and Brian Huskey as Ed’s parents. If we had to imagine the two souls who would conceive Christopher Mintz-Plasse, you can’t get much better than one of the most recognizable Best Week Ever panelists and the ’90s singer who understood our every heartbreak. She’s even wearing her signature glasses! These two are in the movie for too short a time; we’re really hoping that there will be deleted scenes on the DVD where we get to learn more about Ed’s dorky upbringing.
Dave Franco as a bully. Every high school movie needs the cool jerk who has an inherent hatred for geeks, and Fright Night is no exception. Dave stays in the picture a bit longer than the others, so you’ll have some time to linger on his resemblance to brother James, though he does a better job of playing a bully, in our opinion. (You could never take James-the-bully seriously in movies like Whatever It Takes with that huge grin, but Dave seems to have the actual necessary loathing down.)
Chris Sarandon as an unfortunate motorist. You might better know Chris as Susan Sarandon‘s ex-husband, but he also played Jerry in the original Fright Night. Even his name on IMDb is a nod back to the movie: He’s called Jay Dee. I don’t want to give away anything more about his role, but you’ll know who he is when everyone in the theater starts applauding.