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I Am Not a Serial Killer, 2016.
Directed by Billy O’Brien.
A sociopathic teenager discovers that his elderly neighbour may have something to do with a spate of murders.
I Am Not a Serial Killer begins in a not-too-dissimilar way to Tom Holland’s Fright Night in that a small town is being plagued by brutal killings and a teenage boy with a keen interest in such things discovers that one of his neighbours may be responsible. However, the filmmakers don’t make things easy when it comes to defining who is ‘good’ and who is ‘bad’ and the serial killer of the title could refer to either one of the two main characters.
- Amie Cranswick
[Hello, readers! To celebrate Valentine's Day, the Daily Dead team thought it would be fun to do things a little differently this year. We're putting the spotlight on our favorite horror-loving characters from genre cinema—people who have represented our own fandom on screen and, in many cases, helped bring our passion for horror into the mainstream. Be sure to check here for more of our tributes to some of the greatest horror fans to ever grace the big screen.]
As a kid, while I loved every possible monster out there, I was a total vampire nerd through and through. I’m not sure what it was that completely drew me in—perhaps it was their power, their bloodlust, their uninhibited nature, or even their immortality—but vampires were where it was at, as far as I was concerned during my childhood. Which brings me to my picks for my favorite horror fans in cinema: Mark Petrie from Tobe Hooper’s miniseries adaptation of Stephen King’s ’Salem’s Lot, and Charley Brewster from the original Fright Night. To be honest, it was hard for me to choose between the characters, simply because they both meant so much to me growing up, so I felt like I needed to give each of them their due here.
- Heather Wixson
Ready for a massive image gallery filled with the macabre? Then you’re gonna Love this image gallery for the upcoming Rock Paper Dead from horror icon Tom Holland. From the Press Release: Rock Paper Dead is the story of serial… Continue Reading →
- Steve Barton
He brought Fright Night and Child’s Play to life on the big screen, and now director Tom Holland is returning to give horror fans new nightmares with his latest movie, Rock Paper Dead. The film began production in September, and we’ve been provided with a set of behind-the-scenes photos from the making of the movie to share with Daily Dead readers.
Starring Michael Madsen, Rock Paper Dead is expected to come out sometime in 2017, and we’ll be sure to keep Daily Dead readers updated as more details are revealed. In the meantime, we have the official press release and batch of behind-the-scenes photos below.
Press Release: Rock Paper Dead is the story of serial killer Peter “The Doll Maker” Harris, who returns to his ancestral family estate after being released from the state’s hospital for the criminally insane after twenty years – a “cured” man. Once inside the old house, »
- Derek Anderson
The 2011 Fright Night remake is a serviceable enough thriller that now stands as a testament to the talent lost when Anton Yelchin unexpectedly passed away at the very young age of 27 following a freak car accident. The movie did get a sequel in 2013, which went straight to video and featured none of the original cast. The franchise didn't seem to have much of a future ahead of itself. But that is about to change, as creator of the 1985 original is planning to revive the series in a unique way.
The original 1985 Fright Night is a cult classic that has stood the test of time and a reboot. It did get a sequel called Fright Night Part 2 in 1988, which is actually hard to come by. Interestingly enough, unlike the remake sequel, it did bring back original stars William Ragsdale as Charley Brewster and Roddy McDowall as Peter Vincent. Now, director »
2 more years and the ‘Fright Night’ copyrights come back to papa. Oh the things I’m going to do :) #CopyrightActOf1976 pic.twitter.com/gVgtH7pV8T
— Tom Holland (@RealTomHolland) January 7, 2017
The Act allows copyrights transferred on or after January 1, 1978 to be reclaimed by the original creators 35 years later, with a five-year window to do so. Holland’s wry take on the Dracula mythos and Hitchcock’s Rear Window celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2015, giving the writer/director only a few short years before he can invite Jerry Dandridge and the gang back into his home. Holland expanded on Twitter, saying that he’s “almost finished with the Fright Night 3 novel and many things go from there.”
- Mike Vanderbilt
Interest in Tom Holland’s 1985 vampire opus Fright Night could not be any higher right now. Not only has the film just been released here in the UK as a limited edition Steelbook (via Zavvi) which sold out on pre-orders alone; but also the documentary You’re So Cool Brewster! The Story of Fright Night has also – finally – got into the hands of fans following its crowdfunding campaign.
Which is why the internet went crazy when the possibility of a Third film in the franchise arose (I guess we’re ignoring the remake and it’s sequel, a film I actually rather enjoyed), following a series of tweets from Tom Holland regarding copyright possibly returning to him in a couple of years time. However, it seems people misread the situation and Holland is actually penning a new prose novel, as he clarified yesterday…
From Tom Holland’s Facebook page:
- Phil Wheat
Tony Sokol Jan 12, 2017
Sooner or later, vampires live long enough to get their revenge. Like a thief waiting for the statutes of limitations to run out so he can spend his money, Fright Night director and screenwriter Tom Holland is waiting for the right to unbury his old loot.
The rights to Fright Night, which came out in 1985, will revert back to Holland him in two years, under the edict of the Copyright Act of 1976, and the film’s creator has plans. The Act gives artists the chance to reclaim previously licensed works after 35 years.
“2 more years and the 'Fright Night' copyrights come back to papa. Oh the things I'm going to do,” Holland tweeted.
Although he’d had some screenplays produced, Fright Night was the first movie Holland directed. In order »
Over the weekend Tom Holland took to Twitter to announce that in two years the rights to Fright Night revert back to him thanks to the Copyright Act of 1976. So what does this mean? In a series of tweets… Continue Reading →
- Steve Barton
9 items from 2017
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