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The late '70s and early '80s were a boom time for cheap horror movies as the big Hollywood studios and independent producers churned out dozens upon dozens of low-budget pictures that featured attractive casts of teenagers getting summarily slaughtered by serial killers, zombies, vampires and other assorted monsters. Today, those titles have provided the industry with plenty of remake fodder to fill up multiplexes on otherwise slow weekends. In the past few years, we've been treated to remakes of everything from Halloween and A Nightmare on Elm Street to Prom Night and My Bloody Valentine. (Anyone wanna bet how long it'll be until we're buying tickets to new versions of Chopping Mall, April Fool's Day and Night of the Creeps?) So it was only a matter of time until someone got around to Fright Night, Tom Holland's fondly remembered 1985 tale of a suburban teen (William Ragsdale) who discovers that the guy next door (Chris Sarandon) is a literal bloodsucker.
If you were getting tired of movie remakes popping up with all the persistence and seeming immortality of a blood-sucking vampire, I have good news for you: At least one of those planned remakes is dead. It's been staked through the heart, its head has been cut off, and its corpse has been left out in the sun to go up like a properly flambéed Cherries Jubilee. I speak of the planned remake of that fun '80s horror romp, Fright Night, which has been sent to its grave, according to Shock Till You Drop.