Last night horror fans came to The Strand Theater at 165 Main St. in Seymour, Connecticut for “Bite Night”, a double feature of two classic vampire movies on the big screen, ‘Fright Night’ and ‘The Lost Boys.’ The evening was the launch of a classic film fest being brought to local horror fans by Connecticut Cult Classics.
The first feature of the double bill was Tom Holland’s 1985s ‘Fright Night.’ The movie follows a teenager, Charley Brewster (William Ragsdale) who realizes his next door neighbor is a vampire. Charlie seeks out help to solve this vampire problem and approaches famous TV vampire hunter, Peter Vincent (Roddy McDowall). In all of its 1980’s gore, it was a treat to see this one on the big screen.
After a brief intermission full of classic movie trailers, fans were treated to ‘The Lost Boys’, a 1987 classic from Joel Schumacher. The film centers around the California town of Santa Clara as it is being infested with vampires. Star power is abundant in this movie, which features Corey Haim, Corey Feldman, and Kiefer Sutherland. This film looked just as good in the theater last night as it did in 1987.
“It’s great to see that others are interested in the same type of movies that I like,” said Connecticut Cult Classics founder and Horror News Network staff member, Larry Dwyer. “The Strand Theater is a great place to show a movie as it has a classic feel.” Classic is right! The Strand was built in 1929. The venue lasted all the way into the early 1980’s as a first run theater. “Bite Night” not only brought these classics back to the big screen and introduced them to a new generation of horror fans, but also may have breathed life back into this somewhat forgotten gem of a theater. If the crowd and enthusiasm of Saturday night was any indication, it looks as if The Strand may rise from the dead once again.