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Special features
4K digital restoration supervised by cinematographer Tokusho Kikumura with uncompressed stereo soundtrack
New conversation between director Kiyoshi Kurosawa and filmmaker Ryusuke Hamaguchi
Interviews with actors Masato Hagiwara and Koji Yakusho
2003 interview with Kurosawa
Trailers and teasers
PLUS: An essay by critic Chris Fujiwara

“Night of Terror”

Roger wasn’t the horror genre’s biggest fan, but even he recognized how striking Tom Holland’s clever 1985 vampire flick was, released amidst a barrage of slasher images. An old-fashioned hybrid of something like Rear Window starring Bram Stoker – it’s not a killer next door, it’s a vampire – this is a really fun film that seems to have a growing fan base every year. And Roger’s final line in his review is wise: “Fright Night isn’t an excellent film, but it enjoys not being excellent.” I’d argue that it’s a little more distinguished that Roger gave him credit, but he’s right that the main driver here is “fun,” and the growing fan base always has a blast with it. Knowing this is a cult classic with a growing cult following, the new 4K Steelbook is packed with special features, including a bunch of new ones featuring some famous faces. Hannibal creator Bryan Fuller has a chat with star Amanda Bearse about the film’s queer subtext, which is phenomenal, and a 35th anniversary script read with special guests is a delight. This is one of the coolest Blu-ray releases of the year in any genre, not just horror.

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Special features
BRAND NEW DOLBY ATMOS AUDIOTRACK + 5.1 + Original Dolby Stereo
Audio: 5.1 + Original Dolby Stereo
NEW Deleted Scene Storyboards – Tom Holland walks us through the film’s only deleted scene with his personal pre-production storyboards
NEW Holland/Beyda Spec Trailer with an Introduction by Tom Holland – the never-before-seen alternative trailer, edited by Fright Night editor Kent Beyda with the direction – and narration – by Tom Holland
Audio commentary featuring writer/director Tom Holland, actors Chris Sarandon and Jonathan Stark, hosted by filmmaker Tim Sullivan
Audio commentary featuring writer/director Tom Holland, actors William Ragsdale and Stephen Geoffreys, effects artist Randall Cook, hosted by journalist Jeremy Smith and filmmaker Tim Sullivan
You are so cool Brewster! The Story of the Fright Night
What is fright night
Tom Holland: Writing Horror
theatrical trailer
NEW Fright Night 35th Anniversary Script Read – an anniversary cast reunion and script reading with writer/director Tom Holland and special guests Rosario Dawson, Jason Patric and many more!
NEW The Queer Lens: Bryan Fuller Talks to Amanda Bearse – a candid discussion between Fright Night fan Bryan Fuller (Hannibal, Queer for Fear: The History of Queer Horror) and Fright Night star Amanda Bearse about the queer roots of goth, the film’s queer subtext and its metaphorical power
NEW A Novel Approach: The Splatterpunk Story of the Fright Night Novelization – Tom Holland, Fright Night novelists John Skipp and Craig Spector, and publisher Mark Alan Miller discuss how the progenitors of the splatterpunk genre came to work on the book and their came the writing process, and the novel’s enduring legacy
NEW SFX Storyboard Comparisons – A selection of original storyboards from key effects sequences compared to their final filmed versions
Roddy McDowall: From Monkeys to Bats
Tom Holland and Amanda Bearse Talk Fright Night
Round table with Tom, Stephen and William
Shock Till You Drop presents Choice Cuts starring Tom Holland and Ryan Turek
First Fright Night Reunion Panel – Fear Fest 2 (2008)
Weekend of Hell panel with Amanda and Stephen
Vintage EPK with raw footage behind the scenes

“I know what you did last summer”

That other Kevin Williamson film, which was released so close to the similar “Scream” that some people reportedly thought it was part of the same universe, didn’t make nearly the same waves as Wes Craven’s, but that doesn’t mean that Horror collector I don’t want it in 4K! It’s a film that’s a little better than its reputation, although it’s also a film that Roger definitely hated (“After the screening was over and the lights came on, I watched a few of my colleagues engage in deep and earnest conversations , how they tried to resolve twists in the plot. They thought more about the film than the creators. It’s awful to waste a critic’s mind.”) Compared to “Scream,” that undeniably falls apart, but I think it’s solid mainstream horror escapism, an easy distraction if you’re looking for something from that era in your favorite genre. And the 4K release even has new deleted scenes and an alternate ending! I bet Roger would do it with that too still hate the other end.


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