I love Fright Night, Tom Holland’s 1985 modern vampire flick. It’s not as popular as The Lost Boys and it doesn’t have the street cred of Near Dark, but it’s charming and sincere and it plugs right into what it feels like – or felt like, I guess, now that we can stream anything we like any old time  – to be a horror fan and to spend your Friday nights up late watching creature features on the tube. It also features two indelible horror characters in Stephen Geoffreys’ Evil Ed and Roddy McDowell’s Peter Vincent*.

Apparently I’m not alone in my adoration of the film, as Cult Screenings UK and Dead Mouse Productions are currently running a Kickstarter campaign to fund a new documentary, You’re So Cool Brewster! The Story Of Fright Night. It looks like they’ve roped in everyone they could lay their hands on, including Holland and stars William Ragsdale, Chris Sarandon, Amanda Bearse and Stephen Geoffreys (McDowell sadly passed in 1998). It also looks like they’re covering the 1988 sequel, Fright Night Part 2, which damn near qualifies as a lost film these days.**

Check out the promo video and throw’em a few bucks. 20 pounds (about 40 Australian dollars) gets you a physical DVD.

TRAVIS JOHNSON


* I quite liked the 2011 remake, but David Tennant’s Las Vegas magician can’t hold a candle to McDowell’s cowardly fallen thesp. Fuck off, Whovians.

** After it’s initial theatrical and home video release, it only surfaced once on DVD in 2003 and has been out of print ever since. It’s worth checking out for John Gries’ performance alone,

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