Fright Night 3 Possible

Fright Night will belong to its creator in two years and Tom Holland is almost finished with the next book.

Chris Sarandon in Fright Night
Photo: Columbia Pictures

Sooner or later, vampires live long enough to get their revenge. Like a thief waiting for the statutes of limitations to run out so he can spend his money, Fright Night director and screenwriter Tom Holland is waiting for the right to unbury his old loot.

The rights to Fright Night, which came out in 1985, will revert back to Holland in two years under the edict of the Copyright Act of 1976 and the film’s creator has plans. The Act gives artists the chance to reclaim previously licensed works after 35 years.

“2 more years and the ‘Fright Night‘ copyrights come back to papa. Oh the things I’m going to do,” Holland tweeted.

Although he’d had some screenplays produced, Fright Night was the first movie Holland directed. In order to get it made he sold the rights in 1984. Holland will be able to reclaim the rights in 2019.  

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Over the weekend Holland took to Twitter to issue a series of teasers like “Almost finished with Fright Night 3 the novel” and “Not sure who lives next door now, but I bet he has fangs…” that herald a vampire’s resurrection.

The cult classic was recently the subject of an immersive 3-disc, six-hour documentary called You’re So Cool Brewster: The Story of Fright Night, directed by Christopher Griffiths, who made the documentary Leviathan: The Story of Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II. Issued through Cult Screenings, only 1,000 copies were commissioned

Fright Night starred screen icon Roddy McDowell as the host of a Creature Features kind of show who gets called on by a wayward teen to put a stake in the heart of future Jack Skellington, Chris Sarandon. It has since gone on to have a huge cult following, with merchandise and costumes selling even more than the movie. The 1988 sequel Fright Night II, starring Julia Carmen as the vampire, would have reached the same heights if it wasn’t for the Menendez brothers’ familial killing spree.

The remake of Fright Night didn’t have the charm or the humor of the original, even if it did have Colin Farrell.