Kickstarter Spotlight: The Original ‘Fright Night’ Is Getting A Retrospective Documentary

Since the original Fright Night has never been granted an official retrospective documentary despite being highly deserving of one, a group of filmmakers based in the U.K. have taken to Kickstarter to raise funding for their own, You’re So Cool, Brewster! The Story of Fright Night.

You can check out the Kickstarter pitch video here below.

Fright Night, which was given the remake treatment in 2011, isn’t one of the greatest horror movies of the 1980s (and also, let’s face it, of all time) for nothing; at a time when the genre landscape was dominated by tired retreads of Friday the 13th and Alien, Fright Night came along with an inspired, energetic, and witty take on the classic vampire story that paid due respect to the greatest bloodsucker tales of the past while establishing a template for their future.

Three decades after its release, the film remains a pure blast of memorable characters, quotable dialogue, and state-of-the-art (for 1985 anyway) visual effects created by the same team that did wonders for Ghostbusters and Die Hard. If you have around $80-90 lying around your house, I highly recommend snagging a copy of the 30th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray released by Twilight Time earlier this year.

You’re So Cool, Brewster! comes to us courtesy of Dead Mouse Productions, director Christopher Griffiths, and writer-producer Gary Smart. Smart previously co-wrote with Christian Sellers an extensively researched book about the Return of the Living Dead series and a feature-length documentary about the original Return titled More Brains! A Return to the Living Dead.

Tom Holland, the writer and director of Fright Night, is also serving as a producer on this documentary and will likely participate in the filming of new interviews along with stars Chris Sarandon, Amanda Bearse, Stephen Geoffreys, William Ragsdale, and Jonathan Stark, visual effects artists Steve Johnson, Randall William Cook, and Richard Edlund, and many others. The interviewees will also include several members of the cast and crew for the poorly received 1988 sequel Fright Night Part II.

The only actor from the original who will be not be a part of this new documentary is the legendary Roddy McDowall, who played the film’s aging horror star hero Peter Vincent (“The great vampire killer!”), because he passed away in October 1998. The makers of You’re So Cool, Brewster! have tapped British actor Simon Bamford (Nightbreed) to play a remarkably accurate version of the Vincent character’s younger incarnation as the documentary’s host. A full list of the interview participants has yet to be finalized. That’s where the Kickstarter campaign comes in.

The filmmakers are looking to raise over $15,000 in order to complete the documentary because part of the funds will be spent for the crew to come to the U.S. to film interviews. As of the writing of this they’ve already raised over $11,000, putting them well on the way to hitting their goal with 23 days left to go in the campaign still. Perks for donors will include “Thank You” letters and credits, T-shirts, autographed posters, copies of the finished documentary on DVD with more than three hours of bonus features, and the chance to receive an associate producer or executive producer on the film.

You can find out more about You’re So Cool, Brewster! and at the Kickstarter campaign page, and you can also follow it at the film’s official Facebook page.


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