19 items from 2017
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 »
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! It’s Fright Night, a horrific howl starring Chris Sarandon as the seductive vampire and William Ragsdale as the frantic teenager struggling to keep Jerry’s deadly fangs out of his neck.
Only 17-year-old Charley Brewster (Ragsdale) knows Jerry’s bloodcurdling secret. When Charley can’t get anybody to believe him, he turns to TV horror host Peter Vincent (Roddy McDowall), who used to be the “Great Vampire Killer” of the movies. Can these mortals save Charley and his sweetheart Amy (Amanda Bearse »
- Gary Collinson
"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… »
Author: Daniel Goodwin
Along with Colin Minihan’s zombie redux It Stains the Sands Red, the vampire subgenre has also been given a makeover by writer/ director Michael O’Shea, in his debut feature The Transfiguration. This social-realist, coming of age tale of a teenage blood-sucker premiered at last year’s Cannes Film Festival in the Un Certain Regard category. O’Shea’s feature imbues loss, love and life within broken communities but before horror fans hiss and hold up crucifixes to such maudlin slush, The Transfiguration is neither mawkish Twilight silage, ostentatious renovation nor is it a love letter to the films that inspired it. It’s a potent horror masterpiece with harrowing drama, diverse characters and requisite bloodletting/sucking to quench the thirst of the gore hounds.
Fourteen year old Milo (Eric Ruffin) is a browbeaten introvert in crime-rife New York. Milo believes he is a vampire which remains open to interpretation. »
- Daniel Goodwin
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
Diamond Select Toys will be in attendance at this year's Toy Fair in New York City to display some new items, including Vinimates based on the upcoming The Dark Tower movie. Also in today's Horror Highlights: a clip of tonight's episode of Paranormal Lockdown, a Capture Kill Release trailer, a gameplay tutorial video for Injustice 2, cover artwork / preview pages for Little Nightmares, and behind-the-scenes photos from The Tombs.
The Dark Tower Vinimates from Diamond Select Toys: "Four months after New York Comic-Con, Diamond Select Toys is returning to the Jacob Javits Center in New York City for the annual International Toy Fair. Once again, Dst will unveil new items to retailers and press, and Dst is known for surprising people! Below, you’ll see some of the upcoming items that will be on display at the show, including new licenses Dark Tower, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales! »
- Tamika Jones
To a point, “VooDoo” manages to put a spin on the fatigued found-footage-horror subgenre, via conceptual simplicity and a heightened sense of foreboding — the idea that when the worst finally does happen, it’s gonna be very, very bad. Unfortunately, once Tom Costabile’s debut feature reaches that point, it all goes to Hades in the most literal sense, with a prolonged climax that’s rather too much like a tour through an evangelical’s Halloween “Hell House.” This indie scarefest opens on one Los Angeles screen Feb. 17, then in several other U.S. cities the following week. But it will undoubtedly achieve most of its (minor) impact via home formats.
A brief, effectively blunt prologue shows an apparently possessed man (who still manages to wield a camera) violently separating a mother from her child in a public park and taking the girl to an abandoned building nearby. There, the »
- Dennis Harvey
[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
When Margot Robbie was cast as disgraced U.S. Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding in the amusingly titled “I, Tonya” it was mostly seen as a curiosity. But when cameras recently started rolling, and set pictures emerged of Robbie transformed into the personality, the buzz was nearly instantaneous. And now the first footage has landed from behind-the-scenes of Robbie channeling the brassy athlete.
Craig Gillespie (“Lars and The Real Girl,” “Fright Night,” “Their Finest Hours”) is directing the movie that also features Sebastian Stan as Jeff Gilloly and Caitlin Carver as Nancy Kerrigan, in the story of Harding, an outsider who broke into the exclusive world of Olympic athletes.
- Kevin Jagernauth
Written and directed by Marti Noxon, To the Bone is an occasionally harrowing drama geared towards the Ya crowd from a filmmaker that knows the terrain well, having written Fright Night and I Am Number Four, as well as TV shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Glee, and Angel. Exploring eating disorders, the film is fronted by a strong performance by Lilly Collins as Ellen, a 20-year old artist from an upper middle-class household living with this battle. While the script is occasionally quite frank and knows the territory it’s exploring well, it falls back on the same tropes you’d expect from a network TV series, creating artificial drama and an attempt at a loveably quirky character that derails the entire picture.
- John Fink
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
For her feature directorial debut, Marti Noxon goes deep. Her Sundance premiere “To the Bone” is based on her own experiences with eating disorders and recovery, framed around the darkly funny journey of a young anorexic named Ellen (Lily Collins) as she attempts a radical treatment that offers her what is likely her last chance at survival. (No, really, it’s funny.)
Noxon is already a major name in the television space, best known for writing and producing series such as the beloved “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” (where she was mentored by Joss Whedon) and recent smash hit “UNreal.” She’s dabbled in film before, including penning scripts for Rick Rosenthal’s late-’90s romantic comedy “Just a Little Harmless Sex” and the 2011 remake of “Fright Night.” But she’s never done anything quite like “To the Bone.”
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- Kate Erbland
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
19 items from 2017
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