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You’re So Cool Brewster – Director Gary Smart Talks Fright Night Documentary

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Fright Night has left behind a legacy as one of the most influential vampire movies ever made, so a documentary about how the film got made is certainly something to be happy about. Director Gary Smart tells us what to expect.

Dread Central: So, you were a fan of Fright Night?

Gary Smart: I’ve been a fan of Fright Night since as long as I can remember. It’s always been a movie that I revisit and have fond memories of watching as a child. I have always been a huge horror and vampire fan, as well as a fan of Roddy McDowall, so with that in mind Fright Night is the perfect movie for me.

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DC: Why do you think that the film left such a legacy?

GS: It’s all to do with the perfect harmony of horror, comedy, effects, writing, direction and characters that fans love. The performances from the actors, especially Roddy McDowall, have made the characters stand out in a sea of horror films from the 80s as well as the cast and crew having such affection for Fright Night. That love so infectious and the fans connect to this and it keeps the legacy alive.

DC: What prompted you to make a documentary about Fright Night? Do you feel that the story needs to be told?

GS: As I’ve said, I’ve always loved Fright Night, and after completing Leviathan: The Story of Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II, I really wanted to tackle another 80s cult classic movie where I knew that the cast and crew were very keen to share their stories. After discussing it with Tom Holland and instantly picking up his enthusiasm and love, I knew that Fright Night had a wealth of stories to tell.

DC: And will your documentary offer new details about Fright Night that have never before been revealed?

GS: I’m hoping it will; we are interviewing 20 of the cast and crew so there is bound to be stories that the fans never knew. These projects always unearth interesting facts and stories about the behind-the-scenes [events], and this is something I am very much looking forward to discovering.

DC: Who will be featured in the documentary?

GS: The full cast and crew are featured on our Facebook page (frightnightdoc), but they include all principal cast, writers, directors, special effects artists and other crew members. We hope that they will uncover lots of great stories and trivia about the making of these movies.

DC: Is Tom Holland involved?

GS: We couldn’t do this without Tom on board. Tom will also be our producer and creative consultant, and already Tom has been instrumental in attracting cast and crew to be interviewed. Tom is a Hollywood legend and has a wealth of knowledge about the world of movies in general. We are so lucky to have Tom on board, particularly in a hands-on role.

DC: And I understand that the documentary will be three hours long? That’s a bold undertaking.

GS: Yeah, the documentary is intended to be three hours. But saying that, Leviathan was always meant to be four hours and ending up being nine, so I imagine the running time of Brewster will be more like four to five hours. These projects need to be in-depth, and it’s silly to cut important information just for the sake of a strict runtime.

DC: Lastly, you probably get asked this all the time, but what did you think of the remake?

GS: As a movie the remake is not bad, and I quite enjoyed it. For me the biggest issue was the character of Peter Vincent. I fully understand why they needed to modernize him, but to go from one extreme to another and change the character that much took the heart away from the story. Tom has always said that Peter is the heart of Fright Night, and I think that was lost with the remake. But good on them for at least keeping the legacy alive.

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Hollywood Science Fiction Museum Founder Arrested on Child Pornography Charges

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Floyd "Huston" Huddleston

In the past couple of years, we’ve seen the powers that be in Hollywood face a reckoning as more and more people who have suffered at the hands of the elite come forward with their stories of pain and horror. Each new story helps give confidence to those who would otherwise remain silent, their experiences that would otherwise be hidden given the chance to have light shed upon it. While it’s painful to see people we once respected be exposed, such pain is necessary so that future generations can hopefully experience these kinds of events at drastically reduced rates. After all, we’ll never be able to completely stop these kinds of actions but we can do our best to create effective and recognizable deterrents.

It’s come to our attention that recently Hollywood Science Fiction Museum founder Floyd “Huston” Huddleston III was arrested by Los Angeles police on three charges, including Penal Code 288.3 (contacting a minor with intent to commit a felony), Penal Code 311.4 (a crime to hire, employ, use, persuade, or coerce a minor to participate in the production of child porn), and Penal Code 311.11(a) (possession of obscene matter depicting a minor engaging in sexual conduct). Huddleston, who pleaded “not guilty” to all charges, is being held on a $750,000 bail with a court date of June 12. All information was found via the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department website.

What’s troubling is that we’re seeing reports of people claiming that Huston, through various means, is selling donated props from the Museum on various auction websites in order to raise money for his bail.

Makeup artist Gigi Bannister, who worked on Phantasm IV: Oblivion and Phantasm: Ravager wrote in a Facebook comment, “I’m fielding inquiries on this end too from Horror and Phantasm Phans asking about an exclusive set of Phantasm II sphere props that we think Don Coscarelli had to have donated and then Huston SOLD! This is history we can never recover!” [Update: I got off the phone with Gigi who is working to confirm that these are indeed the official sphere props. She will then let us know.]

A Facebook post by self-proclaimed ex-Hollywood Science Fiction Museum volunteer Loretta Lightningbolt states that she and several other volunteers, “…discovered through our own research that museum founder Floyd “Huston” Huddleston was not on a long vacation, as we had been told back in April. We were sickened to discover he has been charged with three counts of sexual crimes against a minor, something none of us want any association with.” She then continued by stating that she and seven other volunteers have, “…resigned from our respective positions.” On top of the volunteers leaving en masse, other members of the Museum are removing themselves from any affiliation, including Mick Garris (The Shining, The Stand).

The Hollywood Science Fiction Museum’s only comment on this situation was a tweet that posted the arrest record. Since then, the museum’s website has erased nearly every instance of Huddleston’s name and likeness. Furthermore, the Hollywood Horror Museum, which was created by the Hollywood Science Fiction Museum founders, has removed its Board of Directors page on its website.

We will follow this story up with more details as they become available.

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Here’s Pancho Moler from Rob Zombie’s 3 FROM HELL

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This entire week we’ve shared some killer updates from Rob Zombie’s upcoming The Devil’s Rejects sequel 3 From Hell. First, we got our first looks at Bill Moseley’s Otis, Sheri Moon Zombie’s Baby, and Sid Haig’s Captain Spaulding. Then we learned the film will be hitting in early 2019.

And today we have your first look at Pancho Moler’s character Sebastian from the film. Moler is an actor you may recognize as the Nazi midget from Zombie’s previous film 31.

Like all of the other first look images, this one comes to us from writer-director Rob Zombie’s Instagram account and you can check out the post below where he writes: “Another Three From Hell exclusive! It’s time to meet a new character. This is Sebastian played by @pmoler. How does he figure into the madness? Only time will tell. As they say “Free The Three”!

Again, you can check out the post below and then make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

3 From Hell is written and directed by Rob Zombie and stars Bill Moseley, Sheri Moon Zombie, Sid Haig, Austin Stoker, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Daniel Roebuck, Emilio Rivera, Clint Howard, Bill Oberst Jr., David Ury, Tom Papa, Danny Trejo, Dot-Marie Jones, Richard Riehle, Richard Edson, Pancho Moler, Sean Whalen, Kevin Jackson, and Dee Wallace.

The film is tentatively due in early 2019.

Related: What the Hell Happens in 3 From Hell? Let’s Speculate!

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NIGHTMARE CINEMA Snags Hard R Rating

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Later this year we will see the release of the new horror anthology Nightmare Cinema. The film comes ot us from directors Mick Garris, Joe Dante, David Slade, Ryuhei Kitamura, and Alejandro Brugues and stars Mickey Rourke as The Projectionist.

Today we have word via the MPAA that the horror anthology has been given an R rating for “horror violence/gore, grisly images, language, some sexuality, and brief nude images.” And all of that sounds like good times to me!

Are you excited about this new horror anthology? Make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

Nightmare Cinema will premiere at this year’s Fantasia International Film Festival.

Synopsis:

A series of down-on-their-luck individuals enter the decrepit and spine-chilling Rialto theater, only to have their deepest and darkest fears brought to life on the silver screen by The Projectionist – a mysterious, ghostly figure who holds the nightmarish futures of all who attend his screenings. By the time our patrons realize the truth, escape is no longer an option. For once the ticket is torn, their fate is sealed at Nightmare Cinema.

Mick Garris, Joe Dante, David Slade, Ryuhei Kitamura, and Alejandro Brugues

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