Tom Holland–the writer/director of the 1985 classic vampire thriller Fright Night–apparently has been waiting 35 years to unleash a suitable sequel on a waiting world.
Horror fans have already seen one sequel to the original cult classic–1988’s Fright Night Part 2 from Tommy Lee Wallace–but that film fell flat with critics and moviegoers. And then the franchise also spawned a 2011 remake and Fright Night 2: New Blood in 2013.
But now, Holland is taking the bull by the horns and trying again, according to movieweb.com. This planned sequel–Fright Night 2: Resurrection–will be Holland’s baby (again) and he seems determined to do it right this time, with a movie that will bring back characters from his original and ignore the 1988 sequel in the process.
“I’m writing a sequel to Fright Night now,” Holland said recently. “I’m calling it Fright Night 2: Resurrection. It’s the only way to protect myself. If you want to do something right, do it yourself.”
Holland added that old, familiar faces will be a big part of this sequel. “Of course, Charley’s back, and so is Evil Ed,” the filmmaker said. “I’m bringing back everybody I can. I’m calling it Resurrection because we’ve got to resurrect Billy Cole and Jerry Dandridge. It feels to me that Fright Night is hotter now than it’s ever been. All I know is that people love that movie. It’s heartwarming.”
The 1985 original–written and directed by Holland and produced by Herb Jaffe–told the story of 17-year-old Charley Brewer, who discovers his next-door neighbor, Jerry Dandridge, is really a dangerous vampire. So he turns to Peter Vincent, the host of the horror TV show Fright Night, to help him, and his friend Evil Ed Thompson, battle the bloodsucker.
The film–starring Chris Sarandon, William Ragsdale, Amanda Bearse, Jonathan Stark and Roddy McDowall–was met with positive reviews and grossed $25 million on a budget of between $7 million and $9 million.
Keep reading Horror News Network for further updates on this latest sequel to Fright Night.