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SenoReality Announces a New Short Film, Get Off My Porch, and Sends New Nailbiter Photos

16 December 2009 12:28 PM, PST | | See recent Dread Central news »

SenoReality Pictures, in association with Free State Studios, has just wrapped production on a new short film entitled "Get Off My Porch". "Get Off My Porch" is a horror comedy about a man terrorized by Girl Scouts insisting that he buy a box of cookies. You Will get some Thin Mints or else!

The short film, which was shot in Kansas City, was written and directed by Patrick Rea and produced by Rea, Ryan Jones, and Free State Studios. Hanuman Brown-Eagle was director of photography. The film will be scored by Harry Manfredini.

"Get Off My Porch" completes a set of short films produced by SenoReality Pictures and Free State Studios and will be released on a compilation DVD sometime in 2010. The collection will include "Woman's Intuition", "Next Caller", "Now That You're Dead", "Cafe at the Crossroads" (review here), "Mrs. Brumett's Garden", and "Emergency Preparedness", which have screened at such »

- The Woman In Black

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Exclusive Interview: Writer/Director Tom Holland discusses his screenplay for Richard Franklin's Psycho 2

9 December 2009 8:00 AM, PST | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Following in my ongoing, loving analysis of one of my all time favorite films Fright Night (see my original, personal essay here and my interview with musc supervisor David Chackler here), I present part one of a lengthy conversation I had with Fn's creator, writer/director Tom Holland.

Holland spent the early part of his professional life as an actor under the name Tom Fielding. starring in soap opera's, various TV programs and - my favorite - director Jacques Demy's Model Shop. Then, into the 1970's the struggling thesp decided to take back his given surname and pursue a career as a screenwriter.

His breakthrough theatrical release was Phillipe Mora's bizarre exploitation shocker The Beast Within, a picture that nailed the psychosexual tone of Holland's words but opted to veer into more visceral, bladder FX driven shlock. He followed that with the ultra violent screenplay for Mark Lester's cult classic Class Of 1984. »

- (Chris Alexander)

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Blood Energy Potion (Product Review)

9 December 2009 7:50 AM, PST | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Blood Energy Potion might not be a descriptive-enough name for the little plastic bag of red liquid that showed up on my doorstep. It’s a beverage poised between energy drinks and vampire-themed novelties, skewing to the latter with a container designed to resemble an IV bag and an ad campaign addressing "control of your blood-lust." The idea is that if you have a craving to drink another human being’s blood, maybe instead of devoting yourself to the extensive planning required to stay out of jail for it, you should take a breath and suck some of this instead.

Having had a mouthful of everything from the soft-drink version of Tru Blood (Capsule review: ever make your own soda when you were a kid using seltzer water and orange juice? Tastes like that) to Ben Nye’S Edible Prop Blood (to quote The Lady Aye, “Tastes like hell and mint, »

- (Jack Bennett)

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Massive 'Hatchet 2' Casting Update!

8 December 2009 3:42 PM, PST | | See recent news »

With shooting set to begin next month, Adam Green is just about finished casting up his hotly anticipated slasher follow-up Hatchet 2, which will bring Kane Hodder back as Victor Crowley. Bloody Disgusting learned today that filmmaker Tom Holland (Fright Night, Child's Play) and upcoming genre star A.J. Bowen (The Signal, House of the Devil) have joined the previously announced Danielle Harris, Tony Todd, R.A. Mihailoff, John Carl Buechler, and of course Hodder. Holland plays Uncle Bob, while Bowen will play Layton. The sequel follows Marybeth as she escapes from the clutches of Victor Crowley, learns the truth about his curse, and heads back into the haunted New Orleans swamp to seek revenge for her family and kill Victor Crowley once and for all. Clare Grant, Parry Shen, Kathryn Fiore, Rileah Vanderbilt, Ed Ackerman, Rick McCallum, Colton Dunn and David Foy also star. »

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A.J. Bowen and Tom Holland Join Cast of Hatchet 2

8 December 2009 11:16 AM, PST | | See recent Dread Central news »

Two more names have been added to the cast of Adam Green's sequel to his original bloodbath, Hatchet 2 and we couldn't be happier!

Shock Till You Drop learned exclusively today that both J Bowen (The Signal, The House Of The Devil) and Tom Holland (the director of Fright Night) are the latest additions to the cast of the production which begins shooting early January.

Bowen will be playing Layton a hunter who Green tells Shock, "is part of a group that Reverend Zombie (Tony Todd) hires to go into the swamp to kill Victor Crowley."

Tom Holland will play Marybeth's Uncle Bob, the brother of Robert Englund's character from the first film and one of the lead roles of Hatchet 2. "Fright Night is a big influence on me," says Green. "And from conversations I've had with Tom about that movie, he clearly gets how to make humor work with horror. »

- Uncle Creepy

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Excl: Aj Bowen, Tom Holland Join Hatchet 2 !

8 December 2009 | | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

Hot on the heels of last week's casting news that Danielle Harris would be playing the role of Marybeth in Adam Green's recently announced Hatchet 2 , we now exclusively have two more names for you from the cast! And for fellow die-hard horror fans, both pretty darned cool. Both Aj Bowen ( The Signal , The House Of The Devil ) and Tom Holland (yes, the director of Fright Night ) are the latest additions to the cast of the production which begins shooting early next month. "This whole thing all started from the heart, so as a rule everyone involved with the Hatchet movies is strictly family and friends," explains Green. "With Aj, obviously I loved him in The Signal and The House Of The Devil , and he really is a phenomenal actor. But when I met »

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The Sound of Fright Night: An Interview with David Chackler

2 December 2009 1:54 AM, PST | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

A few weeks ago I peeled open my rib cage to reveal my raw, beating heart and the sound of that heart was (to the tune of “thump-thump, thump-thump”) : Fright-night, Fright-night, Fright….

Yeah, I worship writer/director Tom Holland’s 1985 vampire gem and I fly that fanged flag with pride.

But outside of the ace performances from Chris Sarandon, William Ragsdale and Roddy McDowell, outside of Holland’s sharp, affectionate script and tense – yet playful – direction and outside of Richard Edlund’s gorgeous special effects, one of the major hooks that Fright Night jabbed into me was the soundtrack, a sexy, atmospheric synth score by Brad Fiedel and a motley collection of 80’s pop and metal tunes that fit the material perfectly, almost as if they were written specifically for the action on screen.

Well, it turns out for the most part, they were.

See, shortly after I published »

- (Chris Alexander)

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Tom Holland and David Chackler Bring Horror Fans Dead Rabbit Films

30 November 2009 12:33 PM, PST | | See recent Dread Central news »

Horror buffs beware! A new production company has been formed by a couple of the most influential minds in the entertainment industry.

Dead Rabbit Films reunites Tom Holland, the legendary writer/director responsible for some of the most successful films in the horror genre such as Fright Night and Child's Play, with music biz empressario David Chackler (Queen, Buckingham/Nicks of Fleetwood Mac and 2Live Crew), whose resume also includes film production credits such as John Carpenter's Village of the Damned for Universal. Dead Rabbit Films will develop and produce feature films as well as scripted episodic television for emerging networks and mobile platforms.

The combination of the Holland and Chackler resumes reads like an insider's list of who's who in Hollywood. With associations from Stephen Spielberg to Stephen King, Tom Holland serves as the creative genius behind Dead Rabbit Films.

"Tom was at the forefront of creating and directing the contemporary horror genre. »

- Uncle Creepy

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Tom Holland & Chackler Form Dead Rabbit Films

30 November 2009 | | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

A new production outfit has hopped onto the horror genre radar and it looks like it's going to be "one to watch." Shock received the following details this morning and we're thrilled to see this endeavor involves a good friend... Dead Rabbit Films reunites Tom Holland ( Fright Night , Child's Play ) with music biz empressario David Chackler, whose resume also includes film production credits such as John Carpenter's Village of the Damned for Universal. Dead Rabbit Films will develop and produce feature films, as well as scripted episodic television for networks and mobile platforms. "Tom was at the forefront of creating and directing the contemporary horror genre. He was in the vanguard of filmmakers who opened the doors for recent releases like Twilight »

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Hatchet 2 is a Go! Adam Green Returns!

24 November 2009 11:53 AM, PST | | See recent Dread Central news »

The news plenty of horror fans have been looking forward to finally broke this morning ... Adam Green will be returning to the ground that put him on the map to write and direct Hatchet 2. Of course, we dug a little deeper and got you guys some more info beyond the surface stuff.

"It was never a matter of money, just timing," Green tells us. "We wanted to make sure that everyone involved with the first film could come back before any of us committed. By the time the first one came out, we were all just exhausted. It took two years. Being that the film was successful, everybody wanted us to do a sequel immediately, but again -- we were all Hatcheted out! We didn't want to make a Hatchet movie just to make a Hatchet movie. Now that all parties concerned have had a chance to rest, and »

- Uncle Creepy

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Mad Men Writer Boards Fright Night Remake

20 November 2009 10:54 AM, PST | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

Via The Hollywood Reporter:

DreamWorks has hired Med Men scribe Marti Noxon to take another stab at their proposed remake of 1985’s cult classic Fright Night. Noxon is a veteran of TV vampire sagas, having worked on both Buffy and Angel.

The project was thought Doa earlier this year when Screen Gems halted production, however talks of the demise were premature and the film will be produced by Michael De Luca, Michael Gaeta and Alison Rosenzweig and was

The original horror comedy was written and directed by Tom Holland, and starred William Ragsdale as a young horror fan who recruits his favorite TV horror host (Roddy McDowall) to battle Chris Sarandon’s suburban vampire.

If you haven’t seen it, by all means check it out – it’s a great, underrated horror comedy that stands up well alongside An American Werewolf in London and Night of the Creeps, with a »

- Jesse

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Marti Nixon to Helm Fright Night Remake

17 November 2009 | Horror Asylum | See recent Horror Asylum news »

Marti Nixon, the producer, writer and director involved in the hugely popular vampire show 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' has been given directorial duties on another vampire-related tale, this time in the form of a remake of cult-vampire flick 'Fright Night'. This idea has been fleeting around Hollywood for quite a while now but it's now in the hands of Dreamworks and will be a straight forward remake of Tom Holland's 1985 classic vampire comedy. Nixon has »

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Is This the Story for the Fright Night Remake?

16 November 2009 | | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

The remake to Tom Holland's 1985 Fright Night has gone through an interesting metamorphosis. There's no telling where new hire Marti Noxon ( Mad Men , Buffy the Vampire Slayer ) will take the story for Dreamworks, but I've been privy to some interesting intel regarding the pitch the producers were kicking around up until about a month ago. Sources tell me the new Fright Night was going to take a meta approach and acknowledge the existence of Holland's film. And like the original, the Charley Brewster-like protagonist would need to enlist some help to take on a vampire menace. Because we're living in sad times where horror hosts are a rare breed and are all but foreign to the Scream generation, however, the film's hero wouldn.t be calling on Peter Vincent (essayed in the »

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Right Now on TV Squad

14 November 2009 12:03 PM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Our brothers and sisters over at TV Squad have busted through the boob tube and brought with them the following juicy bits of must-see eye candy. The creator of BBC's science fiction series Torchwood recently talked to TV Guide about the show's fourth season. Heroes fans may be interested to know a British show about young people with super powers is premiering on E4. Here's a sneak peek. Time to decide which is the best TV theme song of all time: Gilligan's Island or Happy Days. Sesame Street is celebrating its 40th birthday, and here are the five biggest controversies in the show's history. Marti Noxon, a writer who has worked on Mad Men and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, will be writing the remake of 80s horror flick Fright Night. ...and finally, fans of Mad Men and fans of X-Men can join forces to enjoy this series of mash-ups from Madatoms. »

- Matt Bradshaw

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Link Time! Taylor Swift Wins Entertainer of the Year at the CMAs

12 November 2009 1:30 PM, PST | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Taylor Swift is the youngest person ever to take the big CMAs prize - Watching TV Where are all the women writers in late-night? - New York Times Get to know the new guy on 30 Rock - Marc Malkin Dawson's Creek scribe Kevin Williamson is working on a redo of The Bedroom Window - MTV Movies Blog Harvey Keitel joins the cast of Little Fockers - ComingSoon Sesame Street's five biggest controversies - TV Squad Fright Night is getting a remake and the woman from Buffy the Vampire Slayer is behind it - Cinematical Bill Clinton shares his thoughts on the ladies of Mad Men - TresSugar Minnie Driver to guest star on Modern Family - Ausiello Files »

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Fright Night Remake Gains Steam, Picks Up Mad Men Writer

12 November 2009 12:38 PM, PST | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Ever since it was resurrected by Dreamworks in May, the remake of Fright Night, the 1985 horror comedy from director Tom Holland, has been striking fear into the hearts of fans across the web. The project was originally set up a Screen Gems, but it died a slow, painful death due to a desire to stray too far away from the original film's plot and tone. But at Dreamworks, they appear to be keeping the original horror/comedy vibe from the first one, and in order to do so they've placed screenwriting tasks in the capable hands of Marti Noxon. Noxon, who has most recently served as a writer on Mad Men, has the right kind of pedigree needed to bring the story of a kid who discovers this his next-door neighbor is a vampire to life. She served as a writer, and for a short time as showrunner, on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. Given »

- Neil Miller

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‘Mad Men’ writer on board for ‘Fright Night’ redo

12 November 2009 12:29 PM, PST | | See recent Reel Loop news »

Marti Noxon (Mad Men) has signed on for the upcoming remake of the ’80s horror classic Fright Night.

In May, DreamWorks stated that the update on Fright Night will be an update to the 1985 film. Noxon’s version will retain the original tone from the first film while merely using current technology to upgrade its special effects.

Noxon serves as producer on the Emmy-award winning drama on AMC. He also served as a writer for Buffy the Vampire Slayer along with its short-lived spin-off Angel.

William Ragsdale stared in the original Fright Night which was written and directed by Tom Holland. The main character discovers that he has a vampire as a neighbor. Huzzah. The original also starred Roddy McDowell.

No word on casting on the project.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Food for thought: Anybody tired of these redos?

Related posts:Sequel to ‘30 Days of Night’ begins productionTwo set pictures »

- Reel Loop News Staff

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Mad Men Writer Marti Noxon Writing New Fright Night Remake

12 November 2009 11:17 AM, PST | | See recent news »

DreamWorks has hired "Mad Men" writer/producer Marti Noxon to pen their remake of the classic 1985 horror comedy Fright Night. Producers Michael De Luca (Brothers, 21), Michael Gaeta and Alison Rosenzweig originally brought the project to the studio back in May. And before working on "Mad Men," Noxon also wrote and produced on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Angel" as well. In the original Fright Night, which was written and directed by Tom Holland, William Ragsdale played a teenager who discovers his neighbors are vampires. The remake will keep the comedy-horror tone while modernizing the effects. Fright Night is one of the few horror movies from the 80's I have yet to see, which is odd considering I tried to catch up on everything big in October. Anyway, I'm always hesitant about remakes like this, just because it is a classic campy horror comedy that could potentially turn out great as »

- Alex Billington

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Fright Night Remake Lands Buffy Writer

12 November 2009 11:15 AM, PST | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

It's been a couple of years since we first heard mention of a Fright Night remake, but with vampires continuing to take over pop culture right now, Dreamworks has finally hired a writer to get the ball rolling. According to The Hollywood Reporter [1], they've brought former Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel writer Marti Noxon on board to pen the script. Noxon's vamp experience obviously seems like a good fit, but it's interesting to note that she is currently a writer/producer for Mad Men, and has also worked on Prison Break and Grey's Anatomy. Back when rumours of this remake first surfaced [2], Sony Screen Gems was believed to be the studio and they reportedly wanted it to be nothing like the original. Now that Dreamworks has taken over, it seems that it may be headed for a more straightforward redo. The only clue we have about the direction being »

- Sean

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‘Buffy’ & ‘Mad Men’ Writer To Pen ‘Fright Night’ Remake

12 November 2009 10:49 AM, PST | | See recent Screen Rant news »

Back in March Screen Rant reported on yet another horror remake to be put into the works with Dreamworks’ Fright Night. At the time the producers had been put in place but no writer. Jump forward 8 months and a writer has been found in the form of Marti Noxon, who’s a regular writer on AMC’s classy Mad Men, as well as having worked on the hit vampire series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

The original Fright Night was written and directed by Tom Holland (Child’s Play, The Langoliers) back in 1985, and was about a teenager (William Ragsdale) who discovers his new next door neighbor (Chris Sarandon) is a vampire. However, he’s the only one who knows it, as no one will believe him.


I remember the original Fright Night pretty well, although I can’t seem to recall the comedy element from the “horror-comedy” label that’s »

- Ross Miller

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