Messing with Memories: ‘Fright Night’

 

Film: Fright Night
Original release date: August 2, 1985
Starring: William Ragsdale, Chris Sarandon, Amanda Bearse, Roddy McDowell, Stephen Geoffreys
Written and Directed by: Tom Holland
Remake release date: 2011

A vampire movie? In this day and age? It’ll never work. What is Hollywood thinking? Well, it turns out they don’t have to think much, for with ‘Fright Night,’ the story had already been written. Of course, that is not stopping the powers that be behind the second* remake, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The film is set for DreamWorks Studios and is being restructured by Marti Noxon, who has some experience with the toothsome legends, penning scripts for television’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer, as well as Mad Men, Private Practice and Brothers & Sisters.

Aussie director Craig Gillespie is set to direct, whose career has run from Lars and the Real Girl down to Mr. Woodcock. No cast has been set, but the film is set for a 2011 release. The 1985 original, starring William Ragsdale, Chris Sarandon, Roddy McDowall and Stephen Geoffreys, grossed about $25 million, and spawned a sequel, a comic and a video game. The director, Tom Holland went on to direct Child’s Play and is set to act in Adam Green’s Hatchet 2.

Wanna jumpstart memories of the original? Here it is…

It actually received the Bollywood treatment with a film called Wohi Bhayanak Raat released in 1989.

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6 Comments

  1. “Fright Night” was never really so “80’s” that it needed remaking. In other words,it’s a movie that’s not stuck in its era, but can be anywhere anytime.

    Interestingly, it was sort of remade two years ago in a werewolf version in a crappy SciFi (sorry, SyFy) film “Never Cry Werewolf”, starring some people and Kevin Sorbo (in the Roddy Macdowall role).

    But atleast they changed it to a werewolf.

    I suspect these remakes will die out, as the 80’s generation will eventualyl get over its “nostalgia phase” and get on with their married adult lives.

  2. I don’t ever want to hear you ever saying that again, ever 😉 . The 80s are just getting started I think, watch out for the A-Team movie this summer and don’t even dare shush me or I’ll cut your freaking heart out with my plastic pumpkin carver ;).

    The 80s will never die or be forgotten because GenXers have never copped a snobbish attitude to younger people who want to learn and embrace the decade (alright maybe once) even though they never lived through it, unlike other generations who give off that thou are smarter than you vibe because that decade was best because they lived it and they saved and changed the world and you can never come close to catching the spirit of it ‘man’, you hearing me baby boomers? Nobody is ever going to say the 80s were the best all-time cultural chaging decade ever and be able to keep a straight face but it was a great time aside from that Cold War nuclear winter stuff. Just like that dude’s hair from A Flock of Seagulls the 80s will always live on dude :D.

    • “The 80s will never die or be forgotten because GenXers…”

      Ofcourse the 80’s will always be precious for people like you and I who not only grew up and enjoyed it then, but who have remained in love with the era since.

      But for many others of the same generation, once the decade passed, they went on ahead and forgot about it ONLY NOW remembering it because of their age. These people are not true 80’s fans, like those who continues to love 80’s movies games and music since the decade ended, rather they’re just people going through a “phase” which will end soon enough.

      And don’t even get me started on all the younger people not even born then who are into the 80’s as well, mostly as a reaction to the “nostalgia phase” they see their older cousins going through.

      (By the way, any new Natsukashi shows or entries soon?)

  3. Ah I get you now and yeah when the heck is new stuff gonna be uploaded? I know grading English midterms is hard but it doesn’t take that long 😉

    • I know. I know. I’m sitting on at least a good half dozen awesome ones. I just accepted a the role of department chair, and I joined a board of directors of another organization (merrinstitute.org!). I promise I will attempt to get them up once all this stuff called “life” quits getting in the way of my fun!

  4. Ah well if that’s the case I understand.


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