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thirty-five years. I have worked on comic book projects such as The Hulk,
Popeye, Rambo and Peter Pan. With my two most popular comic series being
The Green Hornet and The Terminator (with Alex Ross). With Ardath Mayhar
I penned two TSR fantasy novels, and in 2001 I had my first play, a World
War II romantic comedy, produced.
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Latest Flight Log
||FRIGHT NIGHT - 1 to 4
|| Greeting Loyal Airmen, we hope you are all enjoying this beautiful Spring season. In this week's Flight Log we are going to examine a great little horror flick that went on to be a huge cult classic and ultimately spawned several neat sequels and even a comic series of its own; FRIGHT NIGHT!
Written and directed by Tom Holland, FRIGHT NIGHT is a horror film released in 1985. The film's plot follows young Charley Brewster who discovers that his next-door neighbor, Jerry Dandridge, is a vampire. When no one believes him, Charley seeks the help of Peter Vincent, a TV show who plays a vampire hunter, to help him stop Jerry from starting a massive killing spree. The film is a wacky blend of suspense and black comedy that in the end won it much enthusiastic praise from moviegoers making it almost overnight an instant cult classic.
Chris Saradon as Jerry Dandridge
William Ragsdale as Charley Brewster
Amanda Bearse as Amy Peterson
Roddy McDowall as Peter Vincent
Stephen Geoffreys as Edward "Evil" Ed Thompson
Dorothy Fielding as Judy Brewster
Of course once Hollywood has a hit on its hands, can a sequel be too far behind? This in 1988 they released FRIGHT NIGHT PART II with William Ragsdale and Roddy McDowall reprising their roles from the first film and directed by Tommy Lee Wallace. The story begins a couple of years later. Charley, as a result of psychiatric therapy, now believes that Jerry Dandridge was nothing but a serial killer posing as a vampire. He no longer believes such things as vampires actually exists. Now in college, Charley and his new girlfriend, Alex, go visit his old friend, Peter Vincent. While there, Charley looks out the window and sees four coffins being loaded onto a hearse. As they are leaving Vincent's apartment, Alex and Charley encounter four strange men accompanied by a beautiful, mysterious looking woman. She is Regine Dandridge, the vampire sister of Jerry Dandridge. Soon enough of our trio of heroes are battling the undead once again.
Of all the films, FRIGHT NIGHT PART II is by far the weakest. It lacks the verve and energy of the first film and although not totally horrid, again, it fails to engage the audience and is just a lackluster vampire flick easily forgotten.
Willima Ragsdale as Charley Brewster
Roddy McDowall as Peter Vincent
Traci Lind as Alex Young
Julie Carmen as Regine Dandridge
Considering the poor performance of the movie's sequel, one would have expected that was the end of FRIGHT NIGHT. But how do you keep the undead from rising again. Naturally it is bloody (pun intended) impossible and a year later the Chicago based NOW COMICS picked up the mantel and began producing a FRIGHT NIGHT comic series that would last almost three years. The genius of the comic series is the publisher had them bring back "Evil" Ed even though he had been killed off in the first film. Whereas they resurrected him as Charley's wacky vampire buddy and he pretty much became the real star of the series for comic fans. Everybody loved "Evil" Ed. By 1990 the NOW COMICS was gone and once again so was FRIGHT NIGHT. But as the comic had proven, you just can't keep a good vampire buried forever. Only this time the reawakening would have to wait twenty-one years.
In 2011 FRIGHT NIGHT fans were surprised and thrilled to see a brand new remake of the 1985 movie; this time with a star studded cast. Now young Charley Brewster and his Mom are living in Las Vegas when they discover a new neighbor had moved in next door. He's a likeable, handsome fellow named Jerry who easily wins over Charley's Mom with his charms. Then Charley's best friend, "Evil" Ed Lee informs him that lots of students from their high school have gone missing ever since Jerry moved into town and soon the boys discover his dark, gruesome secret. Needing help, Charley goes to Vegas to enlist the aid of stage magician Peter Vincent, reported to be an expert on vampires. At first Vincent thinks he's crazy and kicks him out but soon events prove the boy right and Vincent joins him in battling the undead fiend. With a cast that includes Colin Farrell, David Tennant and Toni Collette, this remake is totally the equal to the original film and is a fun, horror-comedy ride from start to finish. In fact, Chris Saradon, who portrayed Jerry Dandridge in the original version makes a surprise cameo appearance as a motorist killed by the vampire in the middle of the movie.
Anton Yelchin as Charley Brewster
Colin Farrell as Jerry
David Tennant as Peter Vincent
Toni Collette as Jane Brewster
Imogen Poots as Amy Peterson
Christopher Mintz-Plasse as "Evil" Ed Lee
And just as the original was followed by a sequel with a sexy lead, so the 2011 remake would follow suit with its direct-to-video FRIGHT NIGHT 2. Directed by Eduardo Rodrigues, it features an entire new cast and is pretty much repeats the exact same plot storyline as both the original FRIGHT NIGHT and its remake only with a foreign setting this time. Charley, Ed and Amy are exchange students in Romania with Charley trying to reconcile his relationship with Amy as she suspects him of cheating. On their first night in their hotel, Charley spots a beautiful woman biting another woman through the window in the building across the street. That woman is revealed later that night to be Gerri Dandridge, their college professor who will teach them about Romanian history and culture. Eventually Charley discovers she is really the Lady Elizabeth Bathory, known as Lady Dracula, who remains young by bathing in the blood of her victims. Dandridge/Lady Bathory is played by the sexy Jaime Murray of sci-fi fame for her roles in WAREHOUSE 13 and DEFINACE, both on the Sy-Fy Channel. Whereas in this new version. Peter Vincent, who Charley seeks out for help, is the star of a Ghost Hurnter TV series which just happens to be filming in the same town. Naturally, Vincent at first doesn't believe him, but eventually comes around and together they battle the alluring vampire to save Amy's life.
FRIGHT NIGHT 2 is a terrific addition to this franchise and extremely well acted and directed. It stands right up there with the Farrell/Tennant remake and we recommend it highly.
Will Payne as Charley Brewster
Jaime Murray as Gerri Dandridge
Sean Power as Peter Vincent
Sacha Parkinson as Amy Peterson
Chis Waller as "Evil" Ed Bates
So there you go, Loyal Airmen, the story behind the little monster movie that, like its central protagonist, has manages to stick around for a long, long time. Will we be seeing more of FRIGHT NIGHT? Who can say? You just can't keep a good vampire down.
Ron - Over & Out!