The Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day is soooo cooool, Brewster!
Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!
With the remake coming up soon, I figured it was time to run a nice little Fright Night picture. Fright Night and The Lost Boys together made up my first real impression of what vampires were as a kid. It wasn’t until later that I delved into the Lugosis and Lees. So, my own personal nostalgia is really high for this flick.
I love pics like the one today, with director Tom Holland and star Roddy McDowell working just off camera. I love them because you can tell what kind of actor the star of the movie is. Look at McDowell here… he’s not on camera, but he’s 100% in character. That’s Peter Vincent, not Roddy McDowell and he’s doing it for the benefit of the actor in front of the camera, which doesn’t happen as often as you’d hope in this business. So, you can take away that McDowell was a team player and a stand-up guy… which should be obvious anyway, but it’s good to have this confirmation in photo form.
Thanks to Robert Galluzzo for the pic! Click to embiggen!
If you have a behind the scenes shot you’d like to submit to this column, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tomorrow’s behind the scenes pic will jump back in time a good four decades.
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May 23, 2011, 6:39 p.m. CST
...and it makes me realize that the remake likely won't live up to this one... Which is too bad because I do think Colin Farrell as the bad vamp is actually going to be great...
May 23, 2011, 6:41 p.m. CST
Something that will never, never be said about the abominable remake.
May 23, 2011, 6:41 p.m. CST
Would love to SEE A PTA behind the scenes shot. Have you done one and I just missed it?
May 23, 2011, 6:46 p.m. CST
They will kill it
May 23, 2011, 6:47 p.m. CST
May 23, 2011, 6:48 p.m. CST
May 23, 2011, 7 p.m. CST
I have fought him in ALL his guises! Man! Wolf! Bat! And I... have always... WON!
May 23, 2011, 7:24 p.m. CST
doing his George W in this picture?
May 23, 2011, 7:41 p.m. CST
My kind of Talent!
May 23, 2011, 7:45 p.m. CST
Great Richard Pryor flick
May 23, 2011, 8:11 p.m. CST
Might be my favorite vampire movie...just so fun and scary, with such great characters. You're so cool, Brewster!
May 23, 2011, 9:50 p.m. CST
by Nasty In The Pasty
...and while it was well-made, I don't really get the deep geek love for it. The same thing with Krull, Tron, Dreamscape, and other 80's genre films I didn't get around to watching until the last year or so. Nostalgia makes all the difference, I guess.
May 23, 2011, 9:57 p.m. CST
by Fletch Gannon
what with the 80's music and all but Roddy's performance and as well as Chris Sarandon make this picture. Roddy's character if you watch it really has a believable arc through the movie. From washed up actor, to willing to go along with the 'vampire killer' bit for money, to realizing that there is a vampire and experiencing sheer terror. He only gets involved because Charlie and Amy's lives are at stake and even then he is still terrified. His faith is lacking because of his fear and is unable to stand up to Jerry. After he kills Evil Ed you can see that he screws up the courage to go back in to the house and when he finally confronts Jerry on the steps with the crucifix he summons up the faith to push back against him. For a cheesy teenage vampire movie his performance really stands out. He easily could have phoned it in but he really puts everything he has into it. I like also how Chris Sarandon plays Jerry (a great name for a vampire) as a menacing monster but also as a glib asshole. His performance is top notch as well and I believe both of these actors really make this movie great.
May 23, 2011, 10:39 p.m. CST
I wasn't born when it originally came out and only saw it a few years ago for the first time...still loved it, so nostalgia would not be the answer to your dislike, just personal preference I suppose.
May 23, 2011, 10:49 p.m. CST
by Nasty In The Pasty
Again, had I seen it at a more impressionable age, it might have had more impact on me, but watching it now, I just had to snicker at a movie where the hero is that guy from Herman's Head and his girlfriend is Marcy D'Arcy from Married...With Children. Plus, the SCREAMINGLY 80's dance scene in the nightclub... Roddy MacDowell *was* great, though.
May 23, 2011, 10:51 p.m. CST
by ames prather
And Mr. McDowell really made this great. ??Pseudo?? Out.
May 23, 2011, 11:12 p.m. CST
by The Bear
You are absolutely correct. It's the performances that make this movie great -- especially (maybe almost exclusively) Roddy McDowell. I miss that guy more every time I see this movie!
May 23, 2011, 11:29 p.m. CST
But Near Dark kicked all kinds of ass. Still stands as the best vampire film of that era.
May 24, 2011, 1:50 a.m. CST
by The Dreaded Rear Admiral
Consumate performer, and he really doesn't get the love he deserves nowdays. Total team player. Oh, and best friends with Liz Taylor as well!
May 24, 2011, 2:38 a.m. CST
Okay, maybe those 80's pop songs sound a little wonky these days (I still like them though), but Brad Fiedel's score is fucking incredible and hasn't dated at all. The trailer for the remake just left me feeling cold. There really didn't seem to be any style or atmosphere to it, unlike the original. The original is a brilliant film which will wipe the floor with most horror flicks these days. And Steve Johnson's FX work is awesome. Rubber Rules!!
May 24, 2011, 3:37 a.m. CST
Yeah, fancy having 80's music in a film that was made in the 80's. You sir are a buffoon.
May 24, 2011, 9:06 a.m. CST
by Rex Carsalot
I mean, we already have photobucket.
May 24, 2011, 9:07 a.m. CST
....is seriously not right in the head. Nostalgia makes us like this movie huh? Umm, no. The fact it's fucking amazing beyond belief makes us love it. The remake will be like the new crappy Elm Street - forgotten a couple months after it's released.
May 24, 2011, 9:19 a.m. CST
Near Dark better than Fright Night and Lost Boys? Not a chance.
May 24, 2011, 9:25 a.m. CST
As I think I’ve said before on this very site, still one of my favourite scenes of all time, in any movie, is when Jerry spots Charlie spying on him and his latest (GORGEOUS) victim. Perfect pacing and tone, and the score is still good. Sure the 80’s electronic drum sound is obvious, but it manages to be both erotic and sinister. Of course I’m sure a ton has to do with nostalgia (I was just a bit younger than Charlie when I first saw it, and could identify with him completely), but I still think it’s a pretty damn strong flick, due in no small part to the acting of Sarandon and McDowell. Oh, and there’s a reason “Oh you’re so cool Brewster!” keeps getting quoted. That kid was great, and hit that line out of the park.
May 24, 2011, 9:36 a.m. CST
So I looked him up and it turns out there is a reason I did not see any of his later films. He became a gay porn star.
May 24, 2011, 9:51 a.m. CST
m00kiedood is correct. Near Dark trumps them all. One of the finest in the "vampire" genre, certainly from that time period. This is not up for debate.
May 24, 2011, 10:20 a.m. CST
J Geils singing FRIGHT NIGHT FRIGHT NIGHT over and over, over the closing credits...priceless.
May 24, 2011, 10:25 a.m. CST
I approached the trailer for the Fright Night remake with an open mind; pretending I was watching a trailer for a movie I had never heard about. Based on its own merits I wouldn't go to see it in the theater, probably wouldn't see it when it came out on DVD. Maybe it was a bad "early" trailer, but it just didn't appeal to me.
May 24, 2011, 10:28 a.m. CST
You may think Near Dark is better but it's not some universal truth in any way. In my opinion it's a movie with an interesting idea that goes nowhere, with terrible acting and characters. Both Fright Night and The Lost Boys are superior in every way.
May 24, 2011, 10:30 a.m. CST
was as the Bookworm. You know this in your heart.
May 24, 2011, 10:37 a.m. CST
It's not the best one ever made or anything, but it's the one that has always entertained me the most. Great fucking movie.
May 24, 2011, 12:34 p.m. CST
by Professor Falcon
But I'm on Sloan's side. Fright Night and Lost Boys, while both enjoyable movies, just lack a certain...I don't know, I guess I'll use "gravitas" for lack of a better word. Both have an extremely high "camp" factor that can be more than a bit distracting at times in my opinion. Time has not been kind to Fright Night either. It has aged terribly. Lost Boys has fared better, though Schumachher's "hidden" clues to Sam (Corey Haim's character) being gay are so silly that they are hard to stomach. Plus the preposterous ending with Grandpa destroying the front of his house and killing the head vampire with some conveniently placed wooden steaks attached to his car is a tremendous letdown. Near Dark gives us a fresh, gritty, nigh "realistic" look at how the undead might really live in our world. No silly contact lenses, no capes or stupid outfits, hell, not even one pair of fangs. And the word vampire is never even used. As for the acting, I'll argue that that all three movies include some genuinely bad acting all aorund, with Lost Boys probably being the least offensive in that arena. But I definitely prefer Near Dark to Fright Night and Lost Boys.
May 24, 2011, 2:27 p.m. CST
Near Dark is cheesy by accident. Like I said the idea is there but the execution falls way short for me. I agree that the other films contain some questionable acting but at least the characters were likable. Even the villains were interesting. In Near Dark I found it impossible to care about anyone.
May 24, 2011, 2:30 p.m. CST
Sure his entrance is convenient bit that type of last minute rescue happens in almost every action movie. Also, apparently grandpa is accustomed to fac
May 24, 2011, 2:31 p.m. CST
Facing vampires, so it's perfectly reasonable for h
May 24, 2011, 2:33 p.m. CST
Him to be prepared.
May 24, 2011, 3:54 p.m. CST
May 25, 2011, 1:36 a.m. CST
by Queefer Sutherland
It was fun, and there were a couple of good performances, yes. But for people to bemoan a remake! Get real. It's a great story to remake, I'm glad they're doing it. You haters need to go away and busy yourself jerking off with your sister's underwear.
May 25, 2011, 2:06 a.m. CST
Can you imagine the work he'd be doing now if he were still around? I mean, he'd have done some crap too (I could have totally seen him in Heroes season 2), but I bet he would have pulled off even more iconic characters if he'd have stuck around as long as he deserved to. What a loss.
May 25, 2011, 2:07 a.m. CST
I'm all for a remake too, but how the hell did you know about... *chills*
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