‘Fright Night’ Director Tom Holland On the Film’s Podcast Reunion [Watch]

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While it may be an arguable honorific for others, for myself, 1985’s Fright Night is the greatest vampire movie ever made. It exists at a perfect, special place within the history of vampire cinema, as well as with horror movies in general. It manages to retain so much of the lore and atmosphere that made the classic Universal and Hammer-produced vampire films so fantastic, yet updates the creature for the modern age in a way that has allowed the vampire to remain relevant to this day.

Nearly 40 years after its release in theaters, writer and director Tom Holland’s Fright Night is still as popular as ever, and nowhere is that more apparent than the Table Read Podcast’s reunion episode for the movie.

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Many of the film’s original cast members are back to reprise their characters, including Chris Sarandon as the deviously sensual vampire next door, Jerry, William Ragsdale as Jerry’s terrified neighbor, Charley, and Charley’s girlfriend Amy and pal “Evil” Ed, played by Amanda Bearse and Stephen Geoffreys, respectively. Replacing the dearly departed Roddy McDowell in the role of horror host and reluctant hero Peter Vincent is none other than Mark Hamill and joining in on the fun is Rosario Dawson.

I was honored to have the opportunity to speak with Mr. Holland remotely shortly before he led the cast on their table read of the movie. The filmmaker was more than happy to share his thoughts on the enduring popularity of Fright Night, of the changing nature of being a horror fan, and then even took a moment to remember the iconic McDowell, too.

Watch the full interview below:

The Fright Night Table Read Podcast is available now on all major podcast streaming platforms, including Apple and Spotify.


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