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Mr. Beaks Revisits FRIGHT NIGHT (And PSYCHO II... And CHILD'S PLAY...) With Writer-Director Tom Holland!

Being that it was released in the midst of the 1980s slasher film craze, you'd think that Tom Holland's FRIGHT NIGHT would've bowled over the decade's most influential critics. Unfortunately, the folks who should've picked up on, and celebrated, its inventive amalgamation of the the (then passe) vampire movie with the (then ubiquitous) coming-of-age comedy lazily acknowledged its proficiency while missing the picture's thematic ambition. A sampling:

"Fright Night is not a distinguished movie, but it has a lot of fun being undistinguished." Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times "Though Mr. Holland's handling of his stars is successful enough to establish him as a newcomer with promise, his material here is uneven and often flat." Janet Maslin, The New York Times "..." Pauline Kael, The New Yorker (Apparently, Kael had better things to do in August of 1985, like eviscerate Michael Cimino's YEAR OF THE DRAGON)

But it was distinguished, Mr. Ebert! And it's far too briskly paced to qualify as "uneven" or "flat", Ms. Maslin! From the very opening scene, the movie slyly sets up its central dilemma, which is not "What is Charley Brewster going to do about the vampire next door?" but "Why can't Charley Brewster fuck his girlfriend?" Obviously, FRIGHT NIGHT works brilliantly as escapist fare (when the film hooked me at the age of eleven, I'm pretty sure the primary enticements were airtight storytelling and killer Richard Edlund f/x), but Brewster's panic in the face of something sexually aberrant (by Reagan-era suburbia's standards) is the peculiarity that keeps on provoking. Though I'm not suggesting that Holland's film is an all-caps Social Commentary on the level of a Romero zombie movie, a casual deconstruction of the narrative does reveal a good deal of subversiveness coursing through the veins of this '80s genre classic. Like all great horror films, it speaks to something deeper. If you've never seen FRIGHT NIGHT, the special screening this Friday night (September 19th) at the Nuart Theatre - replete with a post-film cast-and-crew Q&A! - is a must. For starters, scientific studies have shown that all horror films are more effective when screened in a darkened theater. Secondly, unless you can track down the movie on HDNet (where it's aired a few times over the last month), your only other viewing option is a beyond-shitty DVD release from 1999. Why? Hm. Could it be that Sony's genre factory, Screen Gems, is preparing a disposable PG-13 remake? The studio has denied this in the past, but I can't think of another reason to stick with a substandard disc, especially when "Special Edition" DVDs are a great way to reinvigorate catalogue titles. Perhaps Sony simply hates money. While we're waiting for someone to do the right thing, it's possible that an unsanctioned, unofficial (and, therefore, unencumbered by studio legal!) commentary might surface over the coming months. If this were to occur (and it's not unheard of), I would very likely provide you with a link so that you might enjoy said unsanctioned commentary with your HDNet burn of FRIGHT NIGHT. In the meantime, I thought it'd be fun to spend some time hitting up the likes of Tom Holland, Chris Sarandon and Stephen "Evil Ed" Geoffreys for their thoughts on this seminal 1980s film. We'll start today with the great Tom Holland, who made his feature directing debut on FRIGHT NIGHT after becoming one of the most sought-after screenwriters in Hollywood. I sat down with Holland at Jerry's Deli in Studio City (which, for future transcription reference, is too damn noisy), and we immediately fell into a fun, freewheeling conversation that covered everything from his tutelage under the late director Richard Franklin - who shot two of Holland's best screenplays: PSYCHO II and CLOAK & DAGGER - to the state of the filmmaking industry (the forward-looking Holland is currently prepping the internet release of a horror serial called "Five or Die", and we'll have much more on that over the coming weeks). It was just a pleasure to chat with a master genre craftsman. I can't wait to do it again. (And I might be doing it again very soon, but, again, more on that at a later date.) And I do hope to see you tomorrow night at the Nuart.

Mr. Beaks: I want to start with tone. I was reading an interview you gave a year or so ago, and you were lamenting the wink-and-nudge, self-parodying style of horror. It's what people resort to when they've stopped being interested in horror. It happened to the NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET series after DREAM WARRIORS, and it happened to CHILD'S PLAY after the first movie. The monsters became stand-up comics.

Tom Holland: It used to be that people were ashamed of having to do genre seriously. The filmmakers and writers were looking down at the genre the were working in. So this was a wink to the audience saying, "I'm better than this." That's when it becomes self-conscious. It breaks the fourth wall and pulls you out of the movie. You can't identify with it and can't believe it, so it's not participatory, and, therefore, loses its power. You'll find none of this in the first CHILD'S PLAY. The humor stays within the reality of the dramatic situation. It's perfectly acceptable. When Chucky says "Fuck you" in the elevator, it's hilarious, but it doesn't degrade the terror because it comes out of the character of the doll and the situation. When you start to wink to the audience and say, "Isn't this ridiculous?", it indicates the coming exhaustion of the genre. I would suggest to you that farce is the last gasp. There are all of these subgenres in horror which reach this point. For example, in the '80s, LOVE AT FIRST BITE was the nail in the coffin - excuse the pun - of the vampire genre for two or three years. But when it ends up being farce, that just means someone has to reinvent it.

Beaks: But this is an old conundrum. When Universal couldn't figure out what to do with their classic monsters back in the '40s, they brought in Abbot and Costello.

Holland: Oh, but I love that! That's what I was doing on the staircase in FRIGHT NIGHT! When [Charley and Peter] are walking up the staircase, and Billy Cole, the Igor character, comes walking up behind them, and they hear that creak... Peter Vincent stops, and then Charley stops. Then they turn, and he's right there. And they go "Aaaaah!" That's from ABBOT & COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN. I think. It's from one of those.

Beaks: Right. But that's a laugh from tension.

Holland: Hey, it worked for Abbot & Costello! Why shouldn't it work in FRIGHT NIGHT with Roddy McDowall and William Ragsdale? FRIGHT NIGHT is really my loving look back at all the horror movies that I loved as a kid - especially those from AIP and Hammer. Peter Vincent is Vincent Price and Peter Cushing. That's where I got the name of the character.

Beaks: Did you go out to Peter Cushing?

Holland: No, I didn't. I did think about Vincent Price. I met him through Roddy, oddly enough, and he was definitely compos mentis. But he wasn't strong enough, and Roddy was. And now, posthumously, Roddy is that generation's Vincent Price. It's interesting that Roddy should end up being a revered figure in horror; I don't think he did that much [in the genre] before FRIGHT NIGHT. I'll tell you who else is on his way to that: Malcolm McDowell. You know, somebody came to me and mentioned doing a remake of THE ABOMINABLE DR. PHIBES, and I was trying to think of who could possibly do that. The only person I could think of was Malcolm McDowell. Can you think of anybody who could be the Vincent Price of our generation?

Beaks: Funny enough, Harry and I were just talking the other day about remakes, and he brought up PHIBES.

Holland: Would you dare remake it?

Beaks: It was so of its era, I wouldn't have a clue how to do it. Harry had an idea, though. But then he said he wouldn't want to do it because it would draw all the attention away from the movie he loved as a kid. Even if he made a great PHIBES, it would somehow take away from what was unique about those movies. But the name he mentioned was Ian McKellen. And that makes sense to me. McKellen is not only one of the greatest actors living today, he loves doing horror. Give him a decent script, and he'd have a blast with PHIBES.

Holland: I felt that way about Malcolm McDowell. When I was a kid, PHIBES was already old-fashioned. I saw it, and I enjoyed it, but it was already campy. The acting was so hammy. I wrote stuff like THE BEAST WITHIN, CLASS OF '84 and PSYCHO II as a reaction to stuff like DR. PHIBES. There was another one that Vincent Price did where he was killing off all of the critics: THEATRE OF BLOOD. And wasn't there a sequel to DR. PHIBES?

Beaks: Yes. DR. PHIBES RISES AGAIN. It's not bad.

Holland: Is it a paucity of imagination that they keep remaking everything? Is it our failure? Is it the public's failure?

Beaks: I always figure it's the studios doing market research, crunching the numbers, and realizing they can get "x" amount of dollars from capitalizing on an established brand.

Holland: That's probably true.

Beaks: Still, there are a number of remakes that puzzle me. I don't see the appeal because the originals weren't wildly successful. THE STEPFATHER is one of those movies. It wasn't a success in the theater. I mean, it did well enough on video to merit a sequel, but who, besides genre fans, thinks of it now?

Holland: You know, I'd written something like that before FRIGHT NIGHT. It was called SCREAM FOR HELP. But it got so messed-up, it was unreleasable. It could've been THE STEPFATHER before THE STEPFATHER.

Beaks: At least your experience with Richard Franklin on PSYCHO II was much more positive.

Holland: Richard Franklin was underappreciated and undervalued. He taught me everything I know about Hitchcock. While I was writing PSYCHO II, he sat with me and had me watch almost every [Hitchcock] movie. I knew, at one point, every spectacular shot in everything from BLACKMAIL on. I even knew the silent pictures before BLACKMAIL. Franklin was the best expert on Hitchcock I've ever met. He had a rather dry, academic personality. He was a teacher by nature.

Beaks: How much of your visual style did you get from Franklin?

Holland: A lot. He taught me how to do it. He made me watch so many Hitchcock films... I had three years of film school. You know, the great trick with PSYCHO... what made Norman live as a character is that you felt sorry for him even though he was a serial murderer. He touched your heart. The problem with the sequel is that we got Norman off. So how do you get the [audience's] sympathy? I think the stroke of genius with PSYCHO II, he modestly said, is that Norman is desperately trying to hold on to his sanity as the victims of his victims slowly drive him insane. It's a situation where you're empathizing with Norman Bates. That's what gives the film its power.

Beaks: PSYCHO II is such an underrated movie. Quentin Tarantino has frequently said he prefers it to the first PSYCHO.

Holland: I worked harder on that script than I ever worked on any other script because I just knew I was going to get shredded by the critics. There isn't one hole in that script that I know of; there's nothing that doesn't gibe with the first one. And Richard was really on top of things, too.

Beaks: And then you two did CLOAK & DAGGER, which has endured as one of the better video game-inspired fantasies of the 1980s.

Holland: Well, you can feel that it has a heart. There's a sweetness to it. But there's a sweetness to FRIGHT NIGHT, too.

Beaks: Yes, and what's odd about FRIGHT NIGHT's sweetness is that most of it comes from Evil Ed. His moment in the alley with Dandrige is so touching, and it works on so many levels. Obviously, there's a subtext of homosexuality there, but, on the surface, it's just a kid who's a social outcast because he likes horror movies. And here he's found a protector; someone who's going to not only rescue him from his tormentors, but empower him to fight back. He's finally been accepted for who he is. Horror fans really connect to Evil Ed. He's their surrogate. And I think that's one of the biggest reasons why FRIGHT NIGHT has such a devoted following.

Holland: I think you're right.

Beaks: But I don't think the film has been properly appreciated for its thematic depth. When I saw FRIGHT NIGHT last July at Diablo Cody's festival, it was my first time watching the movie since I was a teenager, and I was kind of overwhelmed. There's a lot going on in the movie that I hadn't picked up before - that I couldn't pick up before because I was just too young. I mean, the film opens with Charley Brewster in his bedroom getting ready to lose his virginity to his girlfriend. Every teenage guy's dream moment, right? Then this light goes on in the house next door, and it's like, "Oh, what's this?" Well, it's a pansexual vampire who feasts on the blood of one-night-stands, and also has a fiercely loyal male roommate who seems to fill the traditional role of a significant other. All of this scares the shit out of Charley, and, suddenly, he's fixated on destroying the vampire next door rather than trying to fuck his girlfriend.

Holland: (Somehow not signaling for the check and dashing to his car) Thank you. I was trying to elevate the genre, and I had a brilliant cast. Chris Sarandon helped a lot with that. He has a dry wit, and is extremely smart. He brought a great complexity to the character of Jerry Dandrige; he knew how to play subtext, and he knew how to make him likable. That's why, all of a sudden, you see Amy [in the portrait]. That was Chris looking for a way to have this love affair that echoes through the generations. His lover is constantly reborn. That's great stuff. He also came up with Jerry eating fruit all of the time. But Evil Ed was mine. I don't know how I knew that. (Pauses) Actually, I do. We all felt like that in high school. I was a horror movie fan, too.

Beaks: Didn't Sarandon contribute the "Strangers in the Night" bit?

Holland: Yes. He and Roddy were the smartest, mostly because they were the oldest and most experienced. The rest of them were just kids then. Stephen was so inventive. He took so many chances. Most actors would not be brave enough to make character choices that wild. You know, it's interesting. I've just discovered over the last couple of years that [FRIGHT NIGHT] has become a multigenerational film. Whereas FRIGHT NIGHT was an R back in 1985, it feels like a PG-13 now. And what's happened is that parents show the film to their children; it's become a family film. And I've got these kids hooked because they watched it with their family on DVD. Who knew? If you'd told me that was going to happen with CLOAK & DAGGER, it would've made sense. But I never thought about it happening with FRIGHT NIGHT.

Thanks to Tim Sullivan for setting this up. My interviews with Chris Sarandon and Stephen Geoffreys will be posted shortly. Faithfully submitted, Mr. Beaks

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  • Sept. 18, 2008, 3:24 p.m. CST


    by Grayskull

  • Sept. 18, 2008, 3:25 p.m. CST

    Also I love Tom Holland.

    by Grayskull

    His movies are cheesy fun.

  • Sept. 18, 2008, 3:28 p.m. CST

    Grayskull = Cunt!

    by LordPorkington

    Nice interview, but I'm not sure Psycho II is as good as the original, despite what QT may think...

  • Sept. 18, 2008, 3:33 p.m. CST

    great, except,...

    by lopan

    what the fuck with him running to his car, and not answering the question about the totally hilarious homoerotic (and/or gynophobic) subtext of fright night? i would have liked to hear his thoughts on that instead of the weird smash-cut to "uh thanks, my cast was brilliant." oh well, tom holland rules and both fright night AND psycho II are classics.

  • Sept. 18, 2008, 3:38 p.m. CST

    Tarantino prefers everything to everything.

    by DerLanghaarige

    And Diablo Cody has a festival? Damn. I mean I don't hate her as much as man other people seem to do (in fact: I don't hate her or Juno at all) but is it really that easy to get an own festival? Just write one succesfull movie?

  • Sept. 18, 2008, 3:38 p.m. CST


    by DerLanghaarige

    Great movie!

  • Sept. 18, 2008, 3:39 p.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    is an incredible film, nice to see the love Beaks. And the Jerry Goldsmith score is a thing of wonder.

  • Sept. 18, 2008, 3:43 p.m. CST


    by mrbeaks

    I just felt like I'd overwhelmed him at that point. Like most directors would do, he noted my interpretation and moved on. The movie should always speak for itself.

  • Sept. 18, 2008, 3:43 p.m. CST


    by The InSneider

    Beaks, that was MY idea. I love Phibes. We need Phibes. If you wanna meet up for coffee one day I'd be happy to discuss with you my own ideas for a remake. We could even write it together. I am taking applications for a writing partner...

  • Sept. 18, 2008, 3:45 p.m. CST

    bbc webiste has a clip of the new bond tune...

    by mr

    ...and it's fucking superb!!!

  • Sept. 18, 2008, 3:46 p.m. CST

    that'll be website folks!!!!!!!!!

    by mr

  • Sept. 18, 2008, 3:55 p.m. CST

    Actually, Ebert gives Fright Night 3 stars

    by skimn

    in an old video review guide, and actually quite liked it.

  • Sept. 18, 2008, 3:58 p.m. CST

    Child's Play 2 wasn't an outright comedy

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    In fact, it's the best film of the series. Best animatronic effects, slickest direction (by John Lafia, with an assist by regular Tim Burton cinematography Stefan Czapsky), good shocks, kick-ass Graeme Revell score, and humor that DOESN'T deflate the tension. The first Child's Play is very good, but the sequel is superior. Everything *after* that went more for yuks than "yucks".

  • Sept. 18, 2008, 4:19 p.m. CST

    Welcome to Fright Night....for real.

    by scudd

    As cheesy as that line is, Sarandon totally sells it. It fits perfect with the Dandridge character. I love this movie.

  • Sept. 18, 2008, 4:30 p.m. CST

    To this day, Fright Night is still fun to watch...

    by one_crazy_nagger

    The same can't be said for about 95% of all the other Dracula/vampire remakes out there. Tom Holland helped create a true classic.

  • Sept. 18, 2008, 4:47 p.m. CST

    I saw "Phibes" and "Phibes Rises Again" at the Drive-In.

    by Smerdyakov

    And I never got around to fucking the girl I brought along to fuck.

  • Sept. 18, 2008, 5:11 p.m. CST

    Sarandon's Dandridge

    by papabendi

    is one of the great screen vampires.

  • Sept. 18, 2008, 5:29 p.m. CST

    Evil-Ed likes boys (like me)!

    by MattGuyOR

    Wondering if the topic of Stephen Geoffrey's post Fright Night career in gay porn will cum up in the interview? Hmmmmmmmmm?

  • Sept. 18, 2008, 5:41 p.m. CST


    by lopan

    fair enough. although in this case, the interpretation in question is interesting enough (my pals and I had noticed it, too, over the years) that it would have been nice to hear tom's thoughts on it. but in any case, good interview...

  • Sept. 18, 2008, 5:42 p.m. CST

    Fright Night II

    by Acappellaman

    When Fright Night II came out I enjoyed it, but it hasn't aged nearly as well as Fright Night. The last time I watched the sequel the magic just wasn't there any more. It's been a while since I've watched FN, but I'm sure I'll enjoy it as much as I did the first one the first dozen times I watched it.

  • Sept. 18, 2008, 5:51 p.m. CST

    Oh're so cooool!

    by Jugdish

    Best Vampire flick ever

  • Sept. 18, 2008, 6:10 p.m. CST

    Fright Night...

    by WS

    Beaks, your interpretation of Fright Night is awesome...(also: I might be one of the few people who unabashedly loves Year of the Dragon; if you want to see where Tarantino got decapitated head scene in Kill Bill vol.1 then check it out.)

  • Sept. 18, 2008, 6:22 p.m. CST

    I really like Psycho II and III...

    by DanielKurland

    Obviously people naturally have a negative perception of them though.

  • Sept. 18, 2008, 6:25 p.m. CST


    by mrbeaks

    I have some affection for YEAR OF THE DRAGON, too. It's a fucked up movie, but you've got to admire its cojones (particularly in light of the charges of racial insensitivity Cimino received for THE DEER HUNTER).

  • Sept. 18, 2008, 6:32 p.m. CST

    brian thompson gotta eat! <P> BUGS.

    by ironic_name

  • Sept. 18, 2008, 6:33 p.m. CST

    the pilot for the psycho series was good

    by ironic_name

    lori petty in a feathered suit!

  • Sept. 18, 2008, 6:44 p.m. CST

    I love Fright Night..

    by Ironmuskrat

    Fight Night had the two things I love to see in a Vampire movie. A Vampire that is interesting to watch on screen, Sarandon is perfect as your classic, old school bloodsucker. Superficial charming and intelligent, but underneath that tissue paper thin layer of refined civility is a bloodthirsty monster, both in mind and body. <p> The second thing I loved about Fright Night is it not only makes Sarandon play by the classic rules of Vampires, but weaves those rules throughout the story. Some of my favorite parts of the movie are the parts where Ragsdale and Sarandon play a chess game of "who can use the rules better" to screw with each other. <p>For me Vampires are always more interesting when you have to watch them try to survive in a world of arbitrary rules designed to make their existence almost impossible, and the different means that they come with to get around those rules.

  • Sept. 18, 2008, 7:05 p.m. CST


    by Lloytron

    I've always loved this movie, saw it when it first came out and haven't watched it for probably about 10 years. i saw this talkback and thought I'd watch it again tonight, and am glad I did, so cheers!<p>I still love this movie. its old, cheesy as hell, but stands the test of time, and I picked up on a lot of things now that I never did before.<p>The great thing about this movie is that each and every character has their own journey, and each person becomes more interesting along the way.<p>I love the catch 22 scene where the fact that Peter doesn't have faith stops the cross from working until it is actually pointed out to him. I always thought it was a bit rubbish that he gained faith so quickly, but faced with a vampire saying the same thing, I'd do so pretty quickly too!<p>I also used to fancy the actrress that played Amy, at least until she moved next door to the Bundys :D

  • Sept. 18, 2008, 7:42 p.m. CST

    Great interview, Mr. Beaks.

    by Munro Kelly

    I love Fright Night. I was not happy with the bare bones DVD. I'm glad Tom Holland was able to record a commentary track, for the fans.

  • Sept. 18, 2008, 7:48 p.m. CST

    Fright Night's soundtrack.

    by Munro Kelly

    I don't think the soundtrack get's enough credit. Every song in the movie is great. The main vampire theme "Come To Me" is awesome. I like both the insrumental version, used in the film, and the song version, on the soundtrack.

  • Sept. 18, 2008, 8 p.m. CST

    Amy, kill them.....Bottttttttttttttttttth!

    by classyfredblassy

    Fright Night rocked, but the remake directed by Tim Story, and starring Jason Biggs as Brewster will be even better. Heard they are thinking of casting DMX and Method Man as the vampire and his henchman. Can't wait.

  • Sept. 18, 2008, 8:02 p.m. CST

    80's genre films with song soundtracks.

    by Munro Kelly

    My favorites were Ghostbusters 1&2, Fright Night, Back to the Future and Howard the Duck. Even if you didn't like the movie, I think you can still appreciate what Thomas Dolby did with the songs. My favorites are Thomas Dolby singing "Don't turn away", Lea thompson's version, in the fim, is good too. I also like Cherry Bomb singing the Howard the Duck theme song.

  • Sept. 18, 2008, 8:16 p.m. CST

    "Stephen Geoffrey's post Fright Night career in gay porn"

    by Geekgasm

    i would not be able to resist asking about it.

  • Sept. 18, 2008, 8:19 p.m. CST

    the Gay subtext

    by Geekgasm

    in the flick became even more interesting when you learned that Amanda Bearse is a lesbian. and with Roddy in the mix, it becomes a great, fun, well made horror movie with layer upon layer of gay. which is awesome. no wonder i always liked Fright Night.

  • Sept. 18, 2008, 9:05 p.m. CST


    by TheWaqman

    Fright Night was a hilarious movie.

  • Sept. 18, 2008, 9:41 p.m. CST

    "Cut it out Evil!"

    by classyfredblassy

    Still recall seeing Fright Night when i was 16 with my buddies on a sold out showing on a Saturday night. What a great movie to watch with a rowdy crowd.

  • Sept. 18, 2008, 9:44 p.m. CST

    What about the Gate?

    by classyfredblassy

    Came out a few years after fright night. any one else did that movie? That little pizza noids dude were so cool.

  • Sept. 18, 2008, 11:50 p.m. CST

    Fright Night, great movie...

    by Pop_aristocrat

    also an article posted about it this month on; I guess its just that film's time to shine. <p> Yeah, definitely a lot of gay going on in that film...maybe not as much as Freddy's Revenge...but a lot. I wonder how that Q&A is going to hold up...

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 4:40 a.m. CST


    by Monkey_King

    Even the plot synopsis smells of plagarism. Sad day when Kevin Sorbo takes a paycheck to play a poor man's Peter Vincent.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 6 a.m. CST

    Tarantino prefers Psycho 2?

    by Lost Jarv

    that really says all you need to know about him

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 6:04 a.m. CST

    not that Psycho 2 is bad, It isn't

    by Lost Jarv

    and Child's play 3 is meant to be straight Horror. It's just unwatchable shit. At least Bride and Spawn were funny (albeit that's mostly down to Jennifer Tilly).

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 9:04 a.m. CST

    Cool interview.

    by Knuckleduster

    Can't wait for the remake.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 9:13 a.m. CST

    'Ya gotta have FAITH, for that to work on me...."

    by GrandMuffTarkin

    I love that line, and Sarandon rocked in this flick. I think this was one of the few, if any, times I've seen belief in god playing a part in a vampire flick. Usually they just hold up two sticks and GAHHHHHHHH!

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 1:49 p.m. CST

    psycho 2

    by TurdontheRun

    Tarantino only prefers psycho 2 because, as a de palma fan, he feels he has to trash hitchcock. but psycho 2 was a surprisingly clever sequel, and far better than it had any right to be coming 20 years after the esteemed original.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 3:20 p.m. CST

    Stephen Geoffreys "Evil Ed" Recent Video Interview...

    by Zartan

    He discusses why he passed on part 2, Tom Holland having the actors write character histories, fighting with Roddy McDowall and eating bad clams and throwing up all over Brewster's room...

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 4:05 p.m. CST

    man I love Fright Night

    by The Amazing G

    I really do

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 6:16 p.m. CST

    yyyyyyouuuuuuureee so cooooooooooool brewster!

    by misnomer

    Love this film and always will. But I do remember reeling in disgust after watching 10 minutes of Fright Night Part 2

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 11:36 p.m. CST

    Holland is generally the man

    by subtlety

    But "Langoliers" is unwatchably, indefensibly horrible. Don't know what he was smokin on that one. Of course, the original short story/ novella was also pretty damn stupid... there probably wasn't really any way to save it without radical, fundamental changes. Oh well, he gets a free pass for the awesome of Fright Night alone. Go Beaks!

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 8:39 a.m. CST

    Evil was a fun character but....

    by chien_sale

    ...NO WAY that this: "Horror fans really connect to Evil Ed. He's their surrogate. And I think that's one of the biggest reasons why FRIGHT NIGHT has such a devoted following" was true. Because it's false on so many levels! I was a horror maniac and never saw Evil as nothing more than a loser. The guy was annoying as Hell and when he explains to Charlie how you kill a vampire with the movie props you almost feel like he doesn't know that much about it, he's just somebody "that finds shit fun, that's another of those shit". I was identifying with Charlie all the way because not only he was this sweet kid but you believed everything he was doing. No wink wink look "i'm good-looking" like the young leading men of today. And if someone identified more with Evil then that person missed one great movie. I must say though, that the scene in the alley with Evil and Dandrige was fantastic. So scary. What do you do when the Devil ask you to join him willingly "or it's gonna hurt"?

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 11:45 a.m. CST

    Fright Night = Classic

    by DeeJay

    The first film was a classic, and despite the second installment being rather horrid, I'm still holding out hope that they will do a part 3 instead of a remake. It could easily have its focus around either a daughter or son of Charlie Brewster (but named in tribute to Peter Vincent). This would allow the surviving cast members to play minor roles, and could legitimately show contrasts between old horror films and the high-tech/information approach that any of today's teens would use to handle such threats. The fan base (and potential for reaching at least two distinctly different demographic markets) is already there. In addition to that, moving forward would give the writers more flexibility to design some new central characters without having to deal with any inevitable comparisons to how they'd script characters we've already seen. By the way... does anyone know what caused the recent re-make attempt to get shelved?