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You're so cool, Corpse Clubbers! Over thirty years ago, Tom Holland brought undead scares into the suburbs with his directorial debut, Fright Night, introducing viewers to a lovable cast of characters that includes Peter Vincent, Evil Ed, and the suave vampire next door, Jerry Dandrige. The film's effects, performances, and clever writing have made it a fixture of the horror genre over the past three decades, making it the perfect bloodsucking subject for the Corpse Club to sink their teeth into on the latest "Horrigins" episode of Daily Dead's podcast.
In a special "Horrigins" installment of Corpse Club, co-hosts Patrick Bromley and Heather Wixson discuss Tom Holland's directorial debut, Fright Night (1985), including their first experiences watching the "vampire next door" movie, the film's endearing blend of horror and humor, the intriguing cast of characters, the movie's most humanizing moments, and they also talk about the 1988 sequel and the 2011 remake. »
- Derek Anderson
Legendary director teamed with “Friday the 13th” writer for thriller Rock Paper Dead! Columbus, Oh – It’s a horror dream-team terrifying enough to make the toughest genre lovers sleep with the lights on: legendary director Tom Holland (Fright Night, Child’s Play, Stephen King’s Thinner) and beloved Friday the 13th screenwriter Victor Miller have teamed up […] »
- Tony Wash
This month marks the one-year anniversary of Catalog from the Beyond! I thank those of you who have followed along with my inane babbling for the last twelve months, and to celebrate, I’ve decided to do an extra large edition featuring not one, but two movies that I’ve been circling since I started this column. I’ve said before that I was a latecomer to the Psycho franchise, with my rationale being that the movie was so ingrained in pop culture that I assumed I knew what it had to offer without needing to actually watch it. Now, of course, I know that I was very wrong. But after finally coming to my senses, I subsequently noticed a sizable portion of the horror community that also sings the praises of the two sequels that it spawned in 1983 and 1986.
What intrigued me about these two movies is that although »
- Bryan Christopher
Fright Night and Child’s Play filmmaker Tom Holland turns his attention to children’s books with the release of How to Scare a Monster!, an illustrated hardback co-authored by Dustin Warburton and available now via publishers Baker & Taylor, A Follet… Continue Reading →
The post Tom Holland Presents How to Scare a Monster! appeared first on Dread Central. »
- Sean Decker
Psycho II, 1983.
Directed by Richard Franklin.
22 years after he was incarcerated for murder Norman Bates is declared sane and released back to his motel but Mother isn’t likely to let him live a peaceful life.
Sequels to acknowledged classic movies often bring about derision and a bit of a sniffy attitude, especially belated ones not made by the original crew or featuring different actors, but every so often a worthy successor appears just to prove there are exceptions. Psycho II appeared in 1983, 23 years after Alfred Hitchcock’s seminal original, and reunites original cast members Anthony Perkins and Vera Miles but with Hitchcock having died in 1980 Universal Pictures turned to Richard Franklin, one of his students, to helm the project, based on a script written by Tom Holland (Fright Night/Child’s Play »
- Amie Cranswick
I first met George in Sitges, Spain in 1985. I was premiering Fright Night and he was there with Dawn of the Dead. He wasn’t an icon then, but a guy from Pittsburgh who’d done a brilliant no-budget film. We… Continue Reading →
- Steve Barton
The Child’s Play franchise is an unusual and wonderful creature. In its run, it has boasted directing work from Fright Night’s Tom Holland, Lost’s Jack Bender, and Freddy vs. Jason’s Ronny Yu. It brought us familiar faces like Chris Sarandon, Grace Zabriskie, Jennifer Tilly, John Ritter, and Katherine Heigl. But there are two names that […] »
- Chris Vander Kaay
Written and directed by Jose Prendes
A couple of year ago, documentary filmmaker Rodney Ascher brought us Room 237, a film that explored the conspiracy theories behind Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. They were all incredible stretches of the imagination, but there was something to be admired in each subject’s dedication to their readings of the text. You can agree or not that The Shining was Kubrick’s admittance to faking the moon landing, or you can think those who believe so are crackpot weirdos; to each their own. With Unspeakable Horrors: The Plan 9 Conspiracy, low-budget horror writer and director Jose Prendes parodies the ideas behind Room 237, but not with great results. »
- Luke Owen
This summer, Arrow Video will take viewers back into Herbert West's lab with a limited edition Us Blu-ray of Stuart Gordon's Lovecraft adaptation Re-Animator, featuring two discs and 4K restorations of both the unrated and standard cuts of the horror comedy.
Other July releases from Arrow include the previously postponed Blu-ray of Pulse (2001) in the Us and UK, a UK-only Blu-ray release of Psycho II, as well as new books exploring the respective legacies of The Blair Witch Project and Ghost in the Shell (1995). You can view all of the upcoming items below, and stay tuned to Daily Dead for more updates.
From Arrow Video: "Now over to our only Us only title this month…
Us Title: Re-Animator (Blu-ray) Limited Edition
Pre-order now: http://bit.ly/2oRCh91
Release Dates: 25 July »
- Derek Anderson
He's sweet, sexy, and he likes to get in late. You might think he's the perfect neighbour. But before inviting Jerry in for a nightcap, there's something you should know. Jerry prefers his drinks warm, red, and straight from the jugular! Tom Holland’s directorial debut Fright Night, the iconic 1980s vampire classic starring Chris Sarandon, William Ragsdale and Roddy McDowall, will be released on Blu-ray in the UK, in a Special Dual-Format Edition on 27 March 2017, and we have 3 copies up for grabs! Contest Ends on Friday, April 7, 2017 »
Tom Holland (Child's Play, Thinner) returns to horror with the indie feature Rock Paper Dead. Developed by writers Kerry Fleming and Victor Miller, the film involves a "cured...serial killer." Peter returns to his ancestral home to, unsurprisingly, kill again! The film stars: Michael Madsen, Tatum O'Neal, Najarra Townsend and Gabrielle Stone. What is surprising - there are two sequels already in the works, for this series. Rock Paper Dead 2 and 3 will release in 2018 and 2020, respectively. For now, a trailer for the first title is hosted here. The synopsis expands on the film's story slightly. Peter (Luke Macfarlane) has been released from a state hospital, for the criminally insane. Childhood memories, triggered by a visit to his hometown, compel Peter to kill again. A visit from Ashley (Jennifer Titus) might quell his rage, if he can just resolve his past. Rock Paper Dead will release in 2017. Before the film's launch, »
- email@example.com (Michael Allen)
"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, anguished memories from a tortured childhood and visitations from past victims shake Peter’s resolve, but it isn’t until the lovely young Ashley enters his life that Peter makes a fateful decision. One that rekindles old desires that have always ended in murder."
- Derek Anderson
"Welcome back, Peter..." This is the first horror film from director Tom Holland since Thinner in 1996. Rock Paper Dead is the new horror film made by Tom Holland, director of the original Fright Night, Child's Play and Thinner. The film is about a serial killer named Peter "the Doll Maker" Harris, played by Luke Macfarlane, who returns to his hometown after being "cured" in a mental hospital only to relapse into his spooky, doll-maker, serial killer ways. The full cast includes Michael Madsen, Tatum O'Neal, Maureen McCormick, and Jennifer Titus. With so much innovative and unique horror being made, by comparison this looks rather lackluster. Even the lead actor seems miscast, the whole film just seems weird. Here's the first teaser trailer for Tom Holland's Rock Paper Dead, direct from YouTube (via Deadline): From the creators of Friday the 13th and Child's Play!, Rock Paper Dead is the story of serial killer, »
- Alex Billington
Here’s a first look at the upcoming film Rock Paper Dead, from horror genre heavyweights Victor Miller (Friday The 13th franchise) and director Tom Holland (Fright Night, Child’s Play, Thinner). Starring Michael Madsen, Tatum O'Neal, Jennifer Titus and Luke Macfarlane, the pic will be released sometime this year. The film follows a serial killer Peter "The Doll Maker" Harris, who returns to his ancestral family estate after being released from the state's hospital for the… »
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
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