FRIGHT NIGHT-United States-1985
Written and Directed by Tom Holland
Okay, so they re-made Fright Night in 2011. The remake starred Colin Farrell (Total Recall) and some other people that no one knew or cared about and it lasted at the box office about as long as a fart in a windstorm. In fact I’m pretty sure that on opening day it was windy, I passed gas and pfffttt the movie was out of theaters. But let’s just put all that aside for now and focus on a more pertinent question; why in the hell would you even bother to remake Fright Night when the 1985 original was so damn cool in the first place? It’s 9 in the morning and I worked all night; so I’m going to bed and we will continue this discussion later.
Okay, I’m back. I was discussing the un-necessity of a remake of Fright Night. In a nutshell the movie is about this horror film geek boy named Charlie Brewster (William Ragsdale, Herman’s Head, The Reaping) who discovers that his new neighbor, Jerry Dandridge (Chris Sarandon, The Princess Bride), is indeed a bloodsucking vampire. His best friend, Evil Ed (Stephen Geoffreys, 976-Evil, Mr. Hush) and his girlfriend, Amy (Amanda Bearse, Married with Children) think he’s pretty much off his rocker. Therefore, the only one left who believes Charlie is Peter Vincent (Roddy McDowall, Planet of the Apes), a reluctant and aging horror film star. The story is almost irrelevant to the level of the brass ring of coolness that Fright Night grabs a hold of and hangs on to for dear life. “You’re so cool, Brewster!!” becomes a rallying cry that Fright Night lives by frame by frame. So I ask again; why the hell do you need a remake? It’s just another example of a Hollywood that’s quickly running out of ideas.
The character Peter Vincent is named for two actors well-known for their appearances in horror movies: Peter Cushing and Vincent Price.
A puppet that was created for, but not used in, another Columbia Pictures production,Ghostbusters, is visible in Fright Night.
Tom Holland had total control in the casting decisions. The only suggestion he got was from Guy McElwaine who asked Holland to meet his friend Roddy McDowall, who’d be cast. In an interview Holland said that “it was a terrific suggestion”.
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