Jonathan Stark (I) - News Poster


Class of 1987: Frightning Strikes Twice – Celebrating House II: The Second Story with the Cast & Crew [Part 2]

  • DailyDead
[Editor's Note: A version of this retrospective originally appeared in the September 2014 issue of Deadly Magazine.] With House II: The Second Story, the vastly underrated sequel written and directed by Ethan Wiley (who also wrote the screenplay for the original House), New World Pictures introduced audiences to a whole new world filled with unexpected frights and adventures with an Old West twist. The sequel was released in late August of 1987 and took a decidedly left turn away from the more straightforward house of horrors style seen in Steve Miner’s original film, instead favoring a tone that was much more light-hearted, fun-spirited, and far more family friendly.

For the uninitiated, House II follows a young man named Jesse (Arye Gross), who inherits a strange house from the parents who gave him up for adoption when he was just an infant. As he begins to settle into his new dwelling with the help of his girlfriend, Kate (Lar Park Lincoln), his best pal, Charlie (Jonathan Stark), and Charlie’s aspiring musician girlfriend,
See full article at DailyDead »

Class of 1987: Frightning Strikes Twice – Celebrating House II: The Second Story with the Cast & Crew [Part 1]

  • DailyDead
[Editor's Note: A version of this retrospective originally appeared in the September 2014 issue of Deadly Magazine.] With House II: The Second Story, the vastly underrated sequel written and directed by Ethan Wiley (who also wrote the screenplay for the original House), New World Pictures introduced audiences to a whole new world filled with unexpected frights and adventures with an Old West twist. The sequel was released in late August of 1987 and took a decidedly left turn away from the more straightforward house of horrors style seen in Steve Miner’s original film, instead favoring a tone that was much more light-hearted, fun-spirited, and far more family friendly.

And while The Second Story did respectable business during its two-week theatrical run that summer and was also a profitable sequel for New World, House II isn’t a film that I feel gets nearly the love that it should. Case in point: Joshua Jackson’s character makes a comment about House II during the sequels discussion scene in Scream 2,
See full article at DailyDead »

Blu-ray Review: House: Two Stories Collection

  • DailyDead
Growing up, I was a big fan of both House and House II: The Second Story, so as you can imagine, Arrow Video’s recent House: Two Stories Blu-ray collection was right up my proverbial alley. Both films look better here than they did on DVD (which is how I’ve been viewing them for years now), the new retrospective featurettes do a great job of diving deep into both movies, and the other supplemental materials included are a welcome blast from the past. For fans who are on the fence about adding House: Two Stories to your home media collections, I can emphatically say this set is well worth the investment.

In House (1986), we meet famed writer Roger Cobb (William Katt), a Vietnam vet with a slumping career and a marriage that has hit the skids after his son disappeared while visiting Roger’s aunt Elizabeth in her gothic abode one fateful day.
See full article at DailyDead »

April 11th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include House: Two Stories Box Set, The Phantasm Collection

  • DailyDead
I hope you guys are ready, because April 11th looks to be an incredible day of home entertainment releases for genre fans, especially if you’ve been patiently waiting for the stunning new Phantasm Blu-ray set from Well Go USA, which features every film from the franchise together in one nifty package. Arrow Video has also assembled the first two House movies for a limited edition Blu-ray set that arrives this week, and Severin Films has resurrected the cult classic Cathy’s Curse in HD for the first time ever.

Severin Films is also keeping busy with a pair of other releases—Dark Water and The Other Hell—and Scream Factory is giving both The Vampire and Demented the Blu-ray treatment as well.

Other notable horror and sci-fi home entertainment offerings for April 11th include The Bye Bye Man (Unrated), The Violent Shit Collection, Chupacabra Territory, Naciye, Takashi Miike’s Dead or Alive trilogy,
See full article at DailyDead »

Blu-ray Review – House: The Complete Collection

House: The Complete Collection Limited Edition Box Set

Directed by Steve Miner/Ethan Wiley/James Isaac/Lewis Abernathy.

Starring William Katt, Kay Lenz, George Wendt, Richard Moll, Arye Gross, Jonathan Stark, Royal Dano, Lar Park-Lincoln, Amy Yasbeck, Bill Maher, John Ratzenberger, Dean Cleverdon, Lance Henriksen, Brion James, Rita Taggart, Dedee Pfeiffer, Terri Treas, Melissa Clayton, Scott Burkholder, Denny Dillon, Kane Hodder.


1980s VHS rental hit House and its three sequels are brought together on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK in a lavish box set from Arrow Video.

A hugely popular VHS rental back in the day, 1985s House is a film that was put together by a team of people that included producer Sean S. Cunningham (Friday the 13th/The Last House on the Left), writer Fred Dekker (Night of the Creeps/The Monster Squad), director Steve Miner (Friday the 13th Part 2/Halloween H20:
See full article at Flickeringmyth »

Arrow’s April Blu-ray Releases Include House / House II and Donnie Darko Box Sets, Wolf Guy

  • DailyDead
Arrow Video isn't playing any April Fools' Day joke on horror and thriller fans with their Blu-ray releases for next month, which include the respective House: Two Stories (previously scheduled for a March 21st release) and Donnie Darko box sets, Wolf Guy, Caltiki the Immortal Monster, and more.

Press Release: Mvd Entertainment Group furthers the distribution of Arrow Video in the Us with several titles for April 2017. On April 18th comes The Night Evelyn Came Out Of The Grave (Blu-ray and DVD) and The Red Queen Kills Seven Times (Blu-ray and DVD), two giallo chillers from director Emilio P. Miraglia which were previously only available in the limited edition box set entitled Killer Dames. Miraglian blends the grisly whodunnit of the giallo with gothic and supernatural elements to create some truly unique chills in tales of revenge from beyond the grave and killer curses.

One of Emilio P. Miraglia's supernatural,
See full article at DailyDead »

House: Two Stories Limited Edition (House 1 & 2) on Blu-ray March 21st from Arrow Video Us

Step inside, we’ve been expecting you! At long-last, Arrow Video is proud to present the first two installments of hit horror franchise House on Blu-ray for the first time! In the original House, William Katt (Carrie) stars as Roger Cobb, a horror novelist struggling to pen his next bestseller. When he inherits his aunt’s creaky old mansion, Roger decides that he’s found the ideal place in which to get some writing done. Unfortunately, the house’s monstrous supernatural residents have other ideas… Meanwhile, House II: The Second Story sees young Jesse (Arye Gross) moving into an old family mansion where his parents were mysteriously murdered years before. Plans for turning the place into a party pad are soon thwarted by the appearance of Jesse’s mummified great-great-grandfather, his mystical crystal skull and the zombie cowboy who’ll stop at nothing to lay his hands on it! From
See full article at »

Horror Highlights: Fright Night 4K UK Blu-ray / DVD, The Naughty List, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Creature Featurette

  • DailyDead
The UK is in for a bloodsucking good time next spring. Tom Holland's Fright Night (1985) is coming to the UK on Blu-ray / DVD in April of 2017. Read on for a full list of specs and features for this special edition 4K restoration. Also: a new trailer for The Naughty List (based on a short story by Brian Keene) and a featurette from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Fright Night 4K UK Blu-ray / DVD Release Details: From "Eureka Entertainment to release Tom Holland’s directorial debut Fright Night, the iconic 1980s vampire classic starring Chris Sarandon, William Ragsdale and Roddy McDowall, for the first time on Blu-ray in the UK in a Special Edition Dual-Format on 10 April 2017.

He's sweet, sexy, and he likes to get in late. You might think he's the perfect neighbour. But before inviting him Jerry in for a nightcap, there's something you should know.
See full article at DailyDead »

Mr. Hush (2011) review

  • MoreHorror
Reviewed by Kevin Scott

Mr. Hush (2011)

Written by: David Lee Madison

Directed by: David Lee Madison

Cast: Brad Loree (Holland Taylor), Edward X. Young (Mr. Hush), Stephen Geoffreys (Stark), Steve Dash (Mac), Jessica Cameron (Julie), Connie Giordano (Debbie)

I don’t want to reveal my hand to early on this one, but then again you guys probably know by now that I don’t rip into any film to tear it to shreds. Typically, it’s for two reasons. I see what they were trying to do with a limited budget. The heart is there, but the money ain’t. Also, I’ve had to double back on my opinions of films on the first watch. Hating it in the beginning, and then seeing something or things on another viewing that shows me that I had a gross error in judgment. Well, “Mr. Hush” puts me into a purgatory of indecision.
See full article at MoreHorror »

'Days Of The Dead Convention' Is Set To Rise Up In Chicago This Weekend

  • MoreHorror
By Michael Juvinall,

The Windy City beware as the next Days of the Dead horror convention claws its way up from its grave and into your city on November 16-18th.

The event will be held at the Chicago-Schaumburg-Marriott Hotel in Schaumburg, Illinois. This promises to be their biggest show to date with more pre-tickets sold than any previous show.

The celebrity guest list for the Chicago show is pretty impressive, with appearances by wrestling legends Roddy Piper and Mick Foley. Rock icon Peter Criss of Kiss will be signing. There will be a special Fright Night reunion with cast members Chris Sarandon, William Ragsdale, Stephen Geoffries, Amanda Bearse, and Jonathan Stark. There will be some mini-reunions including Roddy Piper and Keith David from They Live, Sid Haig and Bill Moseley from House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects. Heather Langenkamp and Amanda Wyss from A Nightmare on Elm Street.
See full article at MoreHorror »

Blu-ray Review: Twilight Time's "Fright Night" (1985) Starring Roddy McDowall

  • CinemaRetro
By Lee Pfeiffer

Twilight Time has released the 1985 cult hit Fright Night as a limited edition (3,000 unit) Blu-ray. The film, written and directed by Tom Holland, has gained a devoted following over the years, and for good reason. The film is primarily played for laughs, but Holland refrains from going over the top into outright spoof by providing at least a few scenes that have a genuinely chilling element to them. Charley Brewster (well played by William Ragsdale) is a well-adjusted high school student. His suburban lifestyle with his single mother is comfortable and relatively carefree, with his main problem being his unsuccessful attempts to relieve his girlfriend Amy (Amanda Bearse) of her virginity. Life as he knows it ends when he notices a coffin being brought into the empty house next door in the dead of night. Turns out the new neighbor is Jerry Dandridge (Chris Sarandon), a handsome,
See full article at CinemaRetro »

New this Week: ‘Contagion,’ ‘Warrior’ and ‘Hanna (DVD)’

Hitting movie theaters this weekend:

Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star - Nick Swardson, Don Johnson, Christina Ricci

Contagion - Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Jude Law

Warrior - Tom Hardy, Nick Nolte, Joel Edgerton

Movie of the Week


The Stars: Tom Hardy, Nick Nolte, Joel Edgerton

The Plot: The youngest son (Hardy) of an alcoholic former boxer (Nolte) returns home, where he’s trained by his father for competition in a mixed martial arts tournament — a path that puts the fighter on a collision corner with his older brother (Edgerton).

The Buzz: The world is pretty big, and there are a lot of folks out there busy populating it, so I guess it stands to reason that similar stories would crop up, even if they’re both insanely inspirational in their against-all-odds/too-good-to-be-true essence. I am, of course, nodding to the obvious similarities between last year’s (phenomenal
See full article at Scorecard Review »

Fright Night Retrospective Part Four: Character Inspirations, Vampire Desires and the World of Homo-Eroticism in Fright Night

If you've ever seen Tom Holland's original Fright Night, then I probably don't need to tell you just how special the characters are in the film because you're already well aware. But for those of you out there who may not be as familiar with Holland's story, allow this writer to indulge a bit in the world of my favorite horror film of all time and take this opportunity to bring you up-to-speed on just what makes Fright Night so special, even after 26 years.

In Fright Night Holland tells us the story of teenager Charley Brewster (William Ragsdale), who discovers his new next-door neighbor, the always charming Jerry Dandridge (Chris Sarandon), is hiding a dark secret: He's really a bloodthirsty vampire who has plans to turn Charley's community into his own personal meal ticket, and I guess you could say he starts off by feasting on the local prostitution population,
See full article at Dread Central »

Fright Night Retrospective Part Three: Crafting the Ultimate 80s Creature Feature with Tom Holland

As a child of the 80s, to me there were two distinctive kinds of horror movies: the kind you watched if you really wanted to scare the crap out of yourself (A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, The Thing) and the kind that you enjoyed because they treaded on the lighter side of genre fare (The Monster Squad, Ghostbusters, Gremlins), and Fright Night definitely fell into the latter category, making it an almost instant classic for myself and worldwide fans alike when it hit VHS shelves everywhere in late spring 1986.

Even though most of us adore Fright Night for being the best vampire movie of the entire 1980s, what I've always thought made it even more entertaining than your average vampire film of that time was that the movie also had some incredible characters as well as a look and feel that demonstrated writer/director Tom Holland
See full article at Dread Central »

Cable News: Nickelodeon Greenlights New Comedy, Oxygen Develops Reality Series

  • Deadline TV
Nickelodeon has picked up new comedy series Bucket & Skinner’s Epic Adventures, a multi-camera buddy comedy about two best friends. It hails from comedy veteran Tom Lynch (The Troop), who is executive producing alongside creators Boyce Bugliari and Jamie McLaughlin (Quintuplets) and Jonathan Stark (According to Jim) through The Tom Lynch Co. The series begins production this month in Los Angeles for a February 2011 launch. Bucket & Skinner’s Epic Adventures is one of five new series joining Nickelodeon's line-up in early 2011, along with Power Rangers Samurai; House of Anubis, a comedy-mystery series adapted from the international TV format; Bubble Guppies, a new interactive CG-animated preschool series; and Supah Ninjas, a comic book-style action comedy series. In Supah Ninjas news, comedy veterans Mitchel Katlin and Nat Bernstein have been tapped as executive producers/showrunners. They are with UTA and Inphenate. Meanwhile, Oxygen has put in development Best Ink, a competition reality series for tattoo artists.
See full article at Deadline TV »

Summer Scenes We Love: Fright Night

  • Cinematical
Summer Scenes We Love: Fright Night
Thanks (or rather no thanks) to Stephanie Meyer's Twilight series (books and films), brooding, pale-skinned, sparkly, fangless, vegan vampires are at their most popular, but not that long ago vampires in fiction and film were portrayed as bloodthirsty, humans were prey (with the occasional exception), not as potential romantic partners, so, in the spirit of nostalgia, let's take a cinematic trip back to 1985 and Fright Night, a horror-comedy starring the late, great Roddy McDowell (Dead of Winter, the Planet of the Apes series, The Poseidon Adventure, Cleopatra) in one of his better roles and Chris Sarandon as an old-school, if sadly fashion-challenged, bloodsucker. Made four years before James Cameron mixed CG with live-action in The Abyss, and thus reliant on practical effects for the transformation scenes and the occasional matte shot for extending backgrounds, Fright Night remains cheesy, campy fun, equally entertaining for discerning and non-discerning horror fans.

See full article at Cinematical »

Who Should Play Billy Cole In The New 'Fright Night?'

  • Cinematical
Who Should Play Billy Cole In The New 'Fright Night?'
Casting news for the new Fright Night first arrived back in April with the announcement of Anton Yelchin's involvement and just a little under three months later, the roster is almost complete. Yelchin leads as Charley Brewster, a kid who finds himself in some serious trouble when a vampire moves in next door. The role of Jerry Dandridge, our local bloodsucker, went to Colin Farrell. He'll have a major influence on Toni Collette who plays Charley's mother and Christopher Mintz-Plasse who's on board to play Evil Ed, Charley's best pal. When neither believes his accusation, Charley turns to a Las Vegas showman with a thing for horror movies for some help, David Tennant as Peter Vincent. Lastly we have our most recent addition, Imgoen Poots as Charley's girlfriend, Amy.

So now that leaves us with one role yet to be cast, that of Jerry's day watcher Billy Cole. Clearly
See full article at Cinematical »

Colin Farrell & Toni Collette Join 'Fright Night' Remake

  • Cinematical
Colin Farrell & Toni Collette Join 'Fright Night' Remake
With talk of a Fright Night remake being tossed around DreamWorks, horror fans have been more than a little intrigued. I certainly approved of Anton Yelchin in the role of a kid who discovers that his next-door neighbor is actually a horrible vampire ... but who would they get to play said vampire? In Tom Holland's 1985 original, it was Chris Sarandon. In Craig Gillespie's remake, it will be Colin Farrell. Not a bad choice! As the Heat Vision blog points, out, Farrell has been doing mainly indie work recently (like Crazy Heart and Ondine), so this looks to be a fun way for the man to make a fresh splash in a Hollywood flick.

Toni Collette has also been added to the cast as the nosey kid's mom (previously played by Dorothy Fielding), which is great because Toni Collette is all sorts of awesome -- but there are still
See full article at Cinematical »

Colin Farrell and Toni Collette Get Sucked into Fright Night Remake

As you may know by now, the 1985 cinematic opus, Fright Night, is getting remade. Now, according to Heat Vision, Colin Farrell has joined the cast in the role of Jerry Dandridge, the murderous vampire neighbor that happens to be incredibly charming and, given Farrell’s casting, potentially Irish. Farrell’s part was played brilliantly by Chris Sarandon in the original.

Farrell joins Toni Collette (United States of Tara) and Anton Yelchin (Star Trek, Terminator: Salvation) in the cast. Yelchin is slated to play the part of Charley Brewster, the young man that intends to prove, with some help from local-pulp horror-show-host Peter Vincent, that Jerry is killing people. Collette will play Jerry’s mom. In the original, Charley’s mom proved that she wasn’t the greatest parent when she becomes enraptured by Jerry, the suave, suspected-vampire, despite her son’s protests.

Hit the jump for my thoughts on the
See full article at »

Icons Of Fright Videos On iTunes!

I don't know about you guys, but I absolutely love downloading content for my iPhone, whether it's movie trailers from Apple's site, or podcasts or commentaries. I love having access to cool stuff at my fingertips for whenever I'm on a long trip, waiting in line somewhere or just trying to pass the time at my day job. And I'd imagine a lot of you feel the same way!

Because of that, we've made all of our Icons original video content available to download via iTunes! Click Here and you can access any and all of the following for your iPod or iPhone or just for your iTunes on your computer:

- The Psycho Legacy Trailer

- Behind The Scenes of Walking Distance (with writer/director Mel House, Adrienne King & Reggie Bannister)

- The Repo! Phenomenon (by Spooky Dan)

- Icons Video: Hyeana Gallery

- Icons Video: Dark Delicacies

See full article at Icons of Fright »
An error has occured. Please try again.

See also

Credited With | External Sites