Interview: Tom Holland on his seminal vampire flick Fright Night, which turned 30 this week

When Tom Holland began his career in film, he took whatever jobs he could get, working as a grip, loader, and PA, among other small-time gigs. He also trained as an actor at the Actors Studio under Lee Strasberg before eventually finding his niche in screenwriting. Throughout the early ’80s, Holland gained steam as a genre scribe, writing the cult classics The Beast Within and Class Of 1984, as well as the first sequel to Alfred Hitchcock’s proto-slasher Psycho. While writing the family action/adventure Cloak & Dagger, Holland came up with the concept for his directorial debut, Fright Night.

August 2 marked the 30th anniversary of Holland’s vampire-next-door horror-comedy. Fright Night was a surprise hit, eventually becoming the second-highest-grossing horror film of 1985, outpaced only by Freddy Krueger. The film spawned a sequel, a remake, and a sequel to the remake, as well as a ’80s comic-book …

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