In 1985 director Tom Holland released the classic 80’s horror-comedy Fright Night, a story that follows a young man as his obsession with the horror genre comes to life. Though he is best known for his work directing the horror classic Child’s Play, the film would go on to achieve cult classic status, generating almost $30 million at the box office upon its release 35 years ago while still remaining a fan favorite to this day, and was followed by a sequel, Fright Night Part 2. The film was so beloved that the sequel was reimagined in 2013 by director Eduardo Rodriguez in a straight-to-video format, and utilized elements of both 1980’s films to pay homage to the original. Now, Tom Holland hopes to re-imagine the sequel on his own accord as he and his team have begun production on Fright Night 2: Resurrection.
The original film starred William Ragdale as a young man who is fanatical for the horror genre, spending his weekends watching classic horror films, when he discovers a dark secret: his neighbor, played by Chris Sarandon, is a vampire. This seemingly inspires a “boy-who-cried-wolf” type story as Ragsdale struggles to prove his suspicions, leading his character to have to take on the monster himself and ensure the safety of his small town. Now, it looks like Ragsdale will be undertaking the job title of vampire hunter once again as he is set to reprise his original role, along with the rest of the original film’s cast, as Holland hopes to reinvent the magic that the 1980’s got to experience with the original Fright Night. Seeing as Holland nor the original cast were involved in the original Fright Night Part 2, it looks as though this will be a true reunion that will pick up right where the original left off.
While details regarding the upcoming film are still sparse, as Holland is reportedly just beginning to finalize the script, the details we do have are sure to excite fans. While many were disappointed with how Fright Night Part 2 essentially abandoned the work of the original film, Holland is seemingly looking to rectify that. As the title of the new film, Resurrection, may indicate, Holland is seemingly not looking to stop his investigation of the occult with vampires and will be reviving members of the original cast for the upcoming sequel, not leaving a single stone unturned for the upcoming film. Holland is excited to finally reimagine the sequel on his own, which he made clear during an interview with SyFy Wire: “If you wanna see something done right, gotta do it yourself…”