Exclusive Fright Night Video Retrospective Coming August 22nd with Tom Holland and More!

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This writer has a very short list of films that I could watch endlessly over and over again. As an awkward horror-loving girl who taped Freddy Krueger posters to her wall instead of the New Kids on the Block, the horror genre was always my escape.

Dread Central Announces Upcoming Fright Night Video RetrospectiveGrowing up, there were three movies in particular that I frequently found solace in whenever I’d pop their VHS tapes into my machine: Terror in the Aisles, Clue and Tom Holland’s Fright Night.

Not only did I have the opportunity to experience Fright Night originally when it was released in theaters (can I just say that having a single horror-loving mom in the 80s completely rocked), but I spent so much of my meager allowances over the years on Fright Night rental fees from my local video store that one day my best friend’s dad paid a co-worker just to tape it off HBO for me so I could have my own copy for my birthday (I grew up in a trailer park so luxuries – including cable – were few and far between).

I kept that VHS copy up until 1995, when I finally traded in my badly-worn dub of Fright Night for a brand spanking new VHS copy. Two years later when I made the leap to the digital age, Fright Night was the second DVD disc I ever purchased, right behind The Matrix, and that’s still the copy I watch, travel with and fall asleep to on most nights.

Throughout the years this creature of habit has spent hundreds upon hundreds of hours with Charley Brewster (William Ragsdale), Jerry Dandridge (Chris Sarandon), Amy Peterson (Amanda Bearse), “Evil Ed” Thompson (Stephen Geoffreys), Billy Cole (Jonathon Stark), and the unforgettable Peter Vincent (Roddy McDowall). Fright Night was one of those brilliant genre movies that not only scared the hell out of me as a kid but also filled me with so much love and appreciation for the horror genre as a whole, and I know it’s part of the reason why I’m lucky enough to be writing this article today.

This Friday, August 19th, DreamWorks is releasing its updated take on Holland’s classic Fright Night in eye-popping 3D (if you think Colin Farrell looks good in 2D, seeing him in 3D will definitely tickle your proverbial fancy). During the coming week we here at Dread Central will be ushering in the arrival of the new Fright Night, which was directed by Craig Gillespie, penned by Marti Noxon and stars the aforementioned Farrell as well as Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, David Tennant, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Toni Collette, and give it the opportunity to stand on its own merits.

On August 22nd, though, we invite you to check in here with us as we are planning to present to you, our dear readers, a very special look back at the original Fright Night with none other than writer/director Tom Holland himself. We’ll be presenting a video retrospective spanning over several days that will take an in-depth look at the making of the beloved classic, and you’ll also hear some rare behind-the-scene stories from Holland as well as get an exclusive look at some never-before-seen Polaroid photos from the creature and make-up work created for Fright Night over 26 years ago.

Make sure to check out the new Fright Night 3D when it hits theaters on August 19th and come back here on the 22nd for a trip down memory lane with the original Fright Night.

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  • Pugsley

    Am also one of the people who liked Fright Night WAAAAY better than Lost Boys.

    Maybe it’s just the nature of the Chris Sarandon Vampire. Jamie Gerts was definitely hotter than Amanda Bearse, though…

    Anyway, as a former rental viewer, there was a trailer on the rental copy at my local video store (long since gone…store and vid!), wherein a coffin was on a stage, and some archaeology types were discussing the superstitious people who put a stake in the poor person buried long ago, and how they would finally put that person to rest.

    They pull the stake.

    Body re-fleshes immediately.

    Any thoughts as the what this movie may have been? I’ve asked around on a lot of forums from time to time,to no avail…

  • Cinemascribe

    I’m right there with you folks! Add me to the list of those who grew up memorizing every line and every moment of Holland’s masterpiece. I used to walk around humming the end credit song by the J.Giles Band (which Foywonder needs to highlight on his B-sides column asap if he hasn’t already). The only horror tee shirt I’ve ever ordered for myself had the image of Evil Ed with the cross burned into his forehead on a black background, with the legend “Oh, you’re so cool Brewster” scrawled beneath it. In fact, Fright Night is why I was never a huge fan of The Lost Boys. Of the two, I saw Fright Night first, and I think The Lost Boys comes up wanting by comparison.
    I plan to see the redux because it looks like some actual effort went into it , but nothing will ever replace the original as my all time favorite vampire film (which I also managed to wrangle a viewing of during its original run). Really looking forward to the retrospective!

  • Bulldog

    Sweet news to my ears!! I too had the same kind of mom (RIP Momma), grew up the same way, BUT-we were “borrowing” the neighbors cable so I also saw it every chance I could-also Conan, but I digress…

    I’m happy to hear about this movie and as I’ve posted, maybe more than once, I’m ready to see Colin Farrell as a vampire, so my proverbial fancy is waiting patiently! I really, really hope this remake doesn’t suck (get it?!? Huh?!?) because I know a fairly large population that has felt the same way we have about the original for all this time-wish you hadn’t put a number of years as to when it came out, I have another year down this month and feel old enough most days!

    Before I close this semi-worshipful comment to you HORRORCHICK, my comrade at arms, very excited about the upcoming coverage-I think as adults we will find we fall a little bit deeper in love with Fright Night with every article, pic, and video posted.