I was fixin’ to have to tell Tom Holland, the director of the original FRIGHT NIGHT, to take a seat. I thought he was riffing on movies like HEREDITARY and IT. Here’s what he had to say recently: “…elevated horror, it sounds pretentious to me. But I’m the guy that did the ’80s and ’90s horror. Now, if you talk to Mike Flanagan, who I think is terrific, he’d probably disagree with me. If you talked to [Andy] Muschietti, he’d probably disagree with me. But you can tell in the reviews. I can’t think of the titles now, but Hereditary is one of them…Yes, there are films that seem to carry more intellectual weight with them…” Okay. So he isn’t badmouthing the films themselves. He just objects to the labeling of them as “elevated Horror”. I’m good with that. Labels suck.
Holland is still at work on that sequel to FRIGHT NIGHT, by the way. “…If you wanna see something done right, do it yourself…I’m writing a sequel to Fright Night now…I’m calling it Fright Night 2: Resurrection. Of course, Charlie’s back, and so is Evil Ed. I’m bringing back everybody I can. I’m calling it Resurrection because we’ve got to resurrect Billy Cole and Jerry Dandridge. And now I’ll say no more…” A proper sequel to FRIGHT NIGHT? Yes, please!