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Today in Soap Opera History (August 9)

1973: The Doctors' Penny kissed Mike.

1984: Guiding Light's Alex and Beth were held hostage by Darcy.

1994: All My Children's Kendall crashed Mona's funeral.

1994: One Life to Live's Todd met Blair."History speaks to artists. It changes the artist's thinking and is constantly reshaping it into different and unexpected images."

Anselm Kiefer

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

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1939: On radio soap opera Adopted Daughter, Jack and Uncle Charlie told Jonathan that he couldn't open the new swimming pool he's been advertising without their consent.

1966: On Dark Shadows, to protect David, Elizabeth (Joan Bennett) lied to Constable Jonas Carter (Michael Currie ) when she told him they
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Fright Night

Why does Fright Night, the 1985 vampire teen horror-comedy curio, endure as a great movie long past its expected sell-by date? Because writer/director Tom Holland’s Fright Night extends its core subject matter, vampiric transformation, into a studied allegory for the painful, violent uncertainty of adolescence. And because it unflinchingly tackles the two underlying themes at the core of the best horror fodder: sex and death. In the spirit of Halloween, this writer wanted to tackle one of his favorite ’80s creature features. So welcome to the first Tfh review of Fright Night… for real.

Let’s quickly cover the pitch. Devout teen cinephile Charley Brewster (William Ragsdale), his girlfriend Amy (Amanda Bearse) and their odd-duck third wheel high school colleague “Evil” Ed (Stephen Geoffreys) all tackle severe self-doubt, that most teenage of impulses, as they combat Charley’s new next-door neighbor, the elegant, supremely confident apple aficionado Jerry Dandrige
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10 Fright Night Facts Your Never Knew

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10 Fright Night Facts Your Never Knew
Horror fan Charley Brewster is convinced his new next-door neighbor is a vampire. Charley of course is correct. The fiend even has designs on Charley's girlfriend. In a decade already stuffed with great movies, Fright Night combined so many of our favorite things: chills, thrills, laughs, a late night TV horror host, vampires next door, Marcy Darcy from Married with Children and the dashing style of Chris Sarandon. Here we'll take a look at 10 things you never knew about Fright Night.

You're too handsome, Brewster!

William Ragsdale, who had no major roles under his belt, had auditioned for Mask, losing out to Eric Stoltz, before securing the lead role in Fright Night. Writer-director Tom Holland had met with a number of actors for the crucial part of Charley Brewster, including a guy named Charlie Sheen. In the excellent 2016 documentary You're So Cool, Brewster! The Story of Fright Night, Holland recounted
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Today in Soap Opera History (August 9)

1973: The Doctors' Penny kissed Mike.

1984: Guiding Light's Alex and Beth were held hostage by Darcy.

1994: All My Children's Kendall crashed Mona's funeral.

1994: One Life to Live's Todd met Blair."The best prophet of the future is the past."

― Lord Byron

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1939: On radio soap opera Adopted Daughter, Jack and Uncle Charlie told Jonathan that he couldn't open the new swimming pool he's been advertising without their consent.

1966: On Dark Shadows, to protect David, Elizabeth (Joan Bennett) lied to Constable Jonas Carter (Michael Currie ) when she told him they had discovered the bleeder valve fell off by itself.

1973: On The Doctors,
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Join Us This Weekend at Flashback Weekend 2018 in Chicago!

With the Summer season just flying by, the upcoming Flashback Weekend 2018 is now here, with festivities kicking off on Friday, August 3rd at the Crowne Plaza O’Hare, and the event will run through the afternoon of Sunday, August 5th. For this year’s convention, Flashback Weekend is hosting a cavalcade of horror greats, including Brad Dourif, Tom Holland, Fiona Dourif, William Ragsdale, Alex Vincent, Svengoolie, Michael Berryman, FX legend Steve Johnson, Stephen Geoffreys, as well as Ash vs. Evil Dead’s Dana DeLorenzo and Ray Santiago, and many more. And as if all that wasn’t enough, attendees have the opportunity to see both Fright Night and Child’s Play under the stars in two outdoor screenings hosted by Holland and each film’s respective cast members.

Tickets for Flashback Weekend 2018 are currently on sale now. For more information, check out the latest press release on all the featured
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Flashback Weekend 2018 to Celebrate Guests of Honor Brad Dourif, Tom Holland & More This August

I know I say this every single year, but it really is hard for me to believe that we’re now less than two months away from Flashback Weekend 2018. Chicago’s longest-running convention returns to the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare Hotel Friday, August 3rd through Sunday, August 5th, and Fbw founders Mike and Mia Kerz have put together a frighteningly fun lineup that Midwest horror fans are not going to want to miss. Tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased Here.

For Flashback 2018, both Brad Dourif and Tom Holland are headlining this year’s convention as the co-Guests of Honor, and there will be Child’s Play and Fright Night reunions and screenings happening that weekend. Joining in on the Child’s Play festivities are Fiona Dourif, Alex Vincent, and Christine Elise, and to celebrate Fright Night, William Ragsdale, Amanda Bearse, Stephen Geoffreys, Jonathan Stark, and legendary
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What’s Amanda Bearse Up to These Days?

If you don’t remember Amanda Bearse from the 80’s and 90’s it could have been that Married..With Children just wasn’t your cup of tea, or perhaps you weren’t born during that era. Whatever she’s done since, and she’s done plenty to be honest, Amanda is likely always going to be known best for her role as Marcy Rhoades D’Arcy. There was something special about the plucky little woman next door that exemplified the show in a way that made her invaluable. When the character of Steve Rhoades, played by David Garrison, left the show, he was missed for a while

What’s Amanda Bearse Up to These Days?
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Giveaway – Win Fright Night on Dual Format

We have three copies to give away of the iconic 1980s vampire classic Fright Night starring Chris Sarandon, William Ragsdale and Roddy McDowall.

He’s sweet, sexy, and he likes to get in late. You might think he’s the perfect neighbour. But before inviting Jerry in for a nightcap, there’s something you should know. Jerry prefers his drinks warm, red, and straight from the jugular! It’s Fright Night, a horrific howl starring Chris Sarandon as the seductive vampire and William Ragsdale as the frantic teenager struggling to keep Jerry’s deadly fangs out of his neck.

Only 17-year-old Charley Brewster (Ragsdale) knows Jerry’s bloodcurdling secret. When Charley can’t get anybody to believe him, he turns to TV horror host Peter Vincent (Roddy McDowall), who used to be the “Great Vampire Killer” of the movies. Can these mortals save Charley and his sweetheart Amy (Amanda Bearse
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To Horror, with Love: Cinema’s Biggest Genre Fans – Mark Petrie in Salem’S Lot (1979) and Charley Brewster in Fright Night (1985)

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[Hello, readers! To celebrate Valentine's Day, the Daily Dead team thought it would be fun to do things a little differently this year. We're putting the spotlight on our favorite horror-loving characters from genre cinema—people who have represented our own fandom on screen and, in many cases, helped bring our passion for horror into the mainstream. Be sure to check here for more of our tributes to some of the greatest horror fans to ever grace the big screen.]

As a kid, while I loved every possible monster out there, I was a total vampire nerd through and through. I’m not sure what it was that completely drew me in—perhaps it was their power, their bloodlust, their uninhibited nature, or even their immortality—but vampires were where it was at, as far as I was concerned during my childhood. Which brings me to my picks for my favorite horror fans in cinema: Mark Petrie from Tobe Hooper’s miniseries adaptation of Stephen King’s ’Salem’s Lot, and Charley Brewster from the original Fright Night. To be honest, it was hard for me to choose between the characters, simply because they both meant so much to me growing up, so I felt like I needed to give each of them their due here.

Mark Petrie (Lance Kerwin) was my first encounter with a Monster Kid. While I
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Fright Night 3 Will Be a Sequel to Original 1985 Classic

Fright Night 3 Will Be a Sequel to Original 1985 Classic
The 2011 Fright Night remake is a serviceable enough thriller that now stands as a testament to the talent lost when Anton Yelchin unexpectedly passed away at the very young age of 27 following a freak car accident. The movie did get a sequel in 2013, which went straight to video and featured none of the original cast. The franchise didn't seem to have much of a future ahead of itself. But that is about to change, as creator of the 1985 original is planning to revive the series in a unique way.

The original 1985 Fright Night is a cult classic that has stood the test of time and a reboot. It did get a sequel called Fright Night Part 2 in 1988, which is actually hard to come by. Interestingly enough, unlike the remake sequel, it did bring back original stars William Ragsdale as Charley Brewster and Roddy McDowall as Peter Vincent. Now, director
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Horror Highlights: Fright Night 4K UK Blu-ray / DVD, The Naughty List, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Creature Featurette

The UK is in for a bloodsucking good time next spring. Tom Holland's Fright Night (1985) is coming to the UK on Blu-ray / DVD in April of 2017. Read on for a full list of specs and features for this special edition 4K restoration. Also: a new trailer for The Naughty List (based on a short story by Brian Keene) and a featurette from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Fright Night 4K UK Blu-ray / DVD Release Details: From Zavvi.com: "Eureka Entertainment to release Tom Holland’s directorial debut Fright Night, the iconic 1980s vampire classic starring Chris Sarandon, William Ragsdale and Roddy McDowall, for the first time on Blu-ray in the UK in a Special Edition Dual-Format on 10 April 2017.

He's sweet, sexy, and he likes to get in late. You might think he's the perfect neighbour. But before inviting him Jerry in for a nightcap, there's something you should know.
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Beyond Fuller House: 9 Classic TV Shows That Could Come Back (and How We Imagine Them Happening)

Beyond Fuller House: 9 Classic TV Shows That Could Come Back (and How We Imagine Them Happening)
"Hey, what other old shows could we bring back?"

That's a question being asked all over Hollywood, now that Fuller House worked America up into a nostalgia frenzy. A little credit is due to the Disney Channel's Girl Meets World, which proved that these old shows could benefit from being bumped into the modern era and given a new generation of kids who need to learn life lessons. It's well into its reboot season, but right now Fuller House is the revival show that's generated buzz, press and more than a few conversations about pop culture nostalgia.

If this
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Beyond Fuller House: 9 Classic TV Shows That Could Come Back (and How We Imagine Them Happening)

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Beyond Fuller House: 9 Classic TV Shows That Could Come Back (and How We Imagine Them Happening)
"Hey, what other old shows could we bring back?" That's a question being asked all over Hollywood, now that Fuller House worked America up into a nostalgia frenzy. A little credit is due to the Disney Channel's Girl Meets World, which proved that these old shows could benefit from being bumped into the modern era and given a new generation of kids who need to learn life lessons. It's well into its reboot season, but right now Fuller House is the revival show that's generated buzz, press and more than a few conversations about pop culture nostalgia. If this
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Fright Night 30th Anniversary Vinyl Soundtrack Release Details & Artwork

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Over three decades ago, Tom Holland's Fright Night hit theaters with a rockin', danceable soundtrack that amplified the film's fun yet frightening atmosphere. To celebrate the beloved film's 30th anniversary, Night Fever Music has released Fright Night's soundtrack in three collectible vinyl versions.

Press Release: Night Fever Music is proud to announce the 30th Anniversary release of Fright Night- Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. Columbia Pictures released Fright Night to theaters in 1985, becoming one of the top grossing horror films of the year. Starring William Ragsdale, Chris Sarandon, Roddy McDowall, Amanda Bearse and Stephen Geoffreys, Fright Night has become one of the most beloved cult films in the genre

The soundtrack is anchored by hitmakers the J. Geils Band, whose single “Fright Night” leads off the album. Joining the band are numerous new wave rockers of the day, most notably Devo with the electro-funk of “Let’s Talk,
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Examining Hollywood Remakes: Fright Night

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We’re back to dissect another remake and this time we’re taking a bite out of a vampire movie. The original version was a classic but the remake does not quite measure up. This week, Cinelinx looks at Fright Night (2011).

When the remake of the classic vampire film Fright Night (1985) came out in 2011, the initial reaction was very positive because it was such a relief to have truly evil vampires back. After the brooding and sparking vampires of Twilight started a trend of angst-ridden or lovelorn or depressed vampires, fans were thrilled that the blood-sucking antagonist of director Craig Gillespie's new Fright Night remake and his fellow vamps were hard-core predators with no reservations about chowing down on their next-door neighbor. The Fright Night creatures-of-the-night were more Dracula than Edward. It was good to have the badness back. However, upon reflection, the 2011 version doesn’t hold up that well.
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Bruce Campbell’s Horror Film Festival Adds June and Jeruzalem to the Lineup

In two weeks, vampires, cannibals, Halloween frights and more will grace the screen at the Muvico Theater in Rosemont, Illinois for Bruce Cambell's Horror Film Festival. Now a telekinetic kid and and an apocalypse have joined the killer lineup, as both June and JeruZalem will make their U.S. premieres at the festival.

Press Release: "Chicago, Illinois (August 6, 2015) – The second annual Bruce Campbell Horror Film Festival presented by Wizard World, running August 20 – 23 at the Muvico Theater in Rosemont, Illinois (9701 Bryn Mawr Ave., Rosemont), is proud to announce the addition of two more films to the already bursting schedule.

June, starring Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers) and Kennedy Brice (The Walking Dead), tells the story of nine-year-old June (Brice), who has been shuffled in and out of foster homes for years. Though she tries to be good, no matter where she goes a trail of chaos and terror seems to follow.
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Fright Night: The Enduring Appeal of the '80s Vampire Classic

Don Kaye Aug 4, 2019

"You're so cool, Brewster!" More than 30 years later, Fright Night still has power over us.

Written and directed by Tom Holland and starring William Ragsdale, Roddy McDowall, Chris Sarandon, and Amanda Bearse, the original Fright Night follows a young man and horror fan named Charley Brewster (Ragsdale) who discovers that his next door neighbor, Jerry Dandridge (Sarandon) is a vampire. Frustrated by his disbelieving girlfriend Amy (Bearse) and best friend “Evil” Ed (Stephen Geoffreys in a one-of-a-kind performance), Charley tries to enlist his favorite TV horror host, Peter Vincent (McDowall) to help him stop Jerry before it’s too late for all of them.

The movie was a hit when it came out, earning just under $25 million at the box office (in 1985 dollars) and becoming the second highest grossing horror film of that year after A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge. It spawned a sequel,
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'Married with Children' Spinoff Will Bring Back All the Bundys

'Married with Children' Spinoff Will Bring Back All the Bundys
Back in September, we reported that Sony Pictures Television is developing a spinoff of the beloved 1990s sitcom Married with Children, which would star David Faustino as Bud Bundy, who is grown up with a family of his own. We haven't heard anything regarding the spinoff since then, but, E! Online caught up with original Married With Children stars David Faustino and Christina Applegate, who confirmed that the Married...With Children Spinoff is in the works. Here's what David Faustino had to say.

"Sony has it. They're excited about it. They're working out some legal issues that we hope they work out. The whole cast, including Christina, is down to do little bits in it. The idea would be a pilot for a spinoff. That's all I can say right now. It involves me and few other people."

Ironically, the news was broke during the red carpet premiere of Christina Applegate's Vacation,
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Schedule for Bruce Campbell’s Horror Film Festival Includes Tales Of Halloween, Fright Night, Cannibal Holocaust

One month from now, Bruce Cambell's Horror Film Festival will take over the Muvico Theater in Rosemont, Illinois and they've announced killer lineup that includes Tales of Halloween, a screening of Fright Night with a Q&A from Tom Holland, and Eli Roth introducing Cannibal Holocaust:

"Chicago, July 22, 2015 – The second annual Bruce Campbell Horror Film Festival presented by Wizard World, running August 20 – 23 at the Muvico Theater in Rosemont, Illinois (9701 Bryn Mawr Ave., Rosemont), promises thrills, chills, guests and surprises to Chicago’s legions of horror fans. The four-day event, programmed by The Awesome Fest, will coincide with Wizard World Chicago and offers convention-goers and ticket holders a chance to sit back, relax, and lose their minds.

“You can have your rom-coms, your indie darlings and your blockbusters,” remarks Bruce Campbell. “I’ll take a good old-fashioned horror movie any day or night of the week!”

“With this program we
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Top 100 Horror Movies: How Truly Horrific Are They?

Top 100 horror movies of all time: Chicago Film Critics' choices (photo: Sigourney Weaver and Alien creature show us that life is less horrific if you don't hold grudges) See previous post: A look at the Chicago Film Critics Association's Scariest Movies Ever Made. Below is the list of the Chicago Film Critics's Top 100 Horror Movies of All Time, including their directors and key cast members. Note: this list was first published in October 2006. (See also: Fay Wray, Lee Patrick, and Mary Philbin among the "Top Ten Scream Queens.") 1. Psycho (1960) Alfred Hitchcock; with Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Martin Balsam. 2. The Exorcist (1973) William Friedkin; with Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair, Jason Miller, Max von Sydow (and the voice of Mercedes McCambridge). 3. Halloween (1978) John Carpenter; with Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, Tony Moran. 4. Alien (1979) Ridley Scott; with Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt. 5. Night of the Living Dead (1968) George A. Romero; with Marilyn Eastman,
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