Fright Night Remake Gets Surprising R-Rating … For Now

At least, for now. Horror fiends are celebrating, but I wouldn’t go too overboard, guys. My guess is, Dreamworks will appeal, and if that doesn’t work, they’ll tone down just enough to land that coveted PG-13 rating. This is a horror movie about teenagers designed for teenagers; the studio isn’t going to allow the film to open with an R-rating, I’m sorry to say. It just doesn’t make any business sense. Besides, if your horror movie is already rated R, how are you going to sell an “Unrated” or “Director’s Cut” version on DVD?

But anyways, for now, Bloody-Disgusting reports that Craig Gillespie’s “Fright Night” remake has been given a R-rating by the MPAA. Don’t expect it to last, though, especially by the time it lands in theaters August 19th.

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 in this Craig Gillespie-helmed revamp of the comedy-horror classic.

Starring Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrell, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, David Tennant, Imogen Poots, and Toni Collette.