The Recasting Couch Ep. 22: Fright Night

Fright Night

On this week’s episode, we continue the Halloween spirit and recast the 1985 cult classic, Fright Night. To be honest, I have no idea if it’s a cult classic or not. To be even more honest, I really didn’t like this movie all that much as a whole, but there are a lot of small things to love about this film, and Chris Sarandon’s performance alone is worth the price of admission. In a way, it’s a true horror version of Teen Wolf. Outside of Sarandon and maybe Amanda Bearse, Neither is by no means a huge star, there really aren’t any known actors in this movie. And because of that, it feels kind of like it actually happened in some small town in the middle of nowhere. There’s nothing about this movie that really screams Hollywood (outside of the prosthetics, which are shall we say…inconsistent).

Now they recently remade this movie with Colin Farrell (when I say recently, I mean 6 years ago…), and basically turned it into an action film. The whole small-town feel of it all is what made the first one fun to begin with. The writer of this movie in 2015 said that he would like to make a sequel to the movie. Charley would be a single father that inherits his mother’s house after she dies. Two teenage neighbors approach him with suspicions that there’s something shady going on in the (now abandoned) house next door. Turns out it is Evil Ed trying to resurrect Jerry. I absolutely would have loved to have seen this happen, and seeing as nobody really got famous after this movie came out, it would still have that snowglobe feeling. I am fully on board.


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