WRITTEN REVIEW: You're So Cool, Brewster: The Story of Fright Night

The vampire creature feature Fright Night from filmmaker Tom Holland, and it's equally monstrous sequel have been fan favorites for over thirty thirsty years. Fans have watched and re-watched these films. Fans have gotten Fright Night tattoos and have cosplayed as Fright Night characters, and they have spend an incalculable amount of dough on t-shirts and movie merch. And what's funny about this rabid fandom for Fright Night, is that this same rabid fandom that it's creator, Holland, shares with them for the horror genre in general.

So what better pair of films, and creator, are more deserving of a closer look through the lens of an in depth documentary? Not many!

You're So Cool, Brewster! is that documentary, and it goes without saying that if you are a fan of Fright Night, you will be a fan of this film. Take it from me.

It chronicles the films development and per-production, including the spark of inspiration that lead Tom Holland came up with the story while writing Cloak and Dagger – a take on the classic Rear Window.

This script, along with Holland's sales pitch, are what won the cast over – talking stars like Chris Sarandon (Jerry Dandrige - Vampire) to take a role against type. And fortunately he, as well as William Ragsdale (Charley Berwster), Amanda Bearse (Amy), Stephen Geoffreys (Evil Ed), and Holland among them, all assemble to share their behind the scenes stories of how it all came to be.

The film covers every facet of these two film's that you would hope and expect to to covered, from funny background stories and deeper explanations/interpretations of the characters, to the amazing special effects and the film's warm reception and success.

All of this great information is wonderfully tied together with a series of hilarious vignettes that introduce different segments of the film - designed to look and feel like the Peter Vincent hosted Fright Night television show – as seen in the film, of course. This time Peter Vincent is played by Simon Bamford (Butterball from Hellraiser) and he's doing his very best Roddy McDowall impersonation. Roddy McDowall – the only thing missing from this documentary is the late great Roddy McDowall. Fortunately these vignettes, archival footage and a string of tender memories shared by the cast and crew do the man justice.

You're So Cool, Brewster! is a celebration of Fright Night, and it's a ton of fun. It is currently available on Shudder, and I highly recommend watching it if you get the chance.

You're So Cool, Brewster! is a crowd funded film written and directed by Chris Griffiths, who has since gone onto make RoboDoc – a feature length fan-funded documentary exploring the making of the 1987 cult-classic, the sequels and its 30 year legacy.

Griffiths co-wrote this and RoboDoc with Gary Smart. Smart has worked on several other similar documentaries and docu-shorts. Most recently was Pennywise: The Story of It, and still to come is What an Institution: The Story of Police Academy.


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