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ScareFest: 'Fright Night' star Amanda Bearse enjoys connecting with fans, castmates

Amanda Bearse showed off her fangs as Charley Brewster's girlfriend in Fright Night.
Amanda Bearse showed off her fangs as Charley Brewster's girlfriend in Fright Night.

Some would think an actor or actress might get sick of being asked repeatedly about a movie he or she did 30 years ago. But when it comes to the 1980s horror-comedy vampire flick Fright Night, the film's stars, including Amanda Bearse (who played Amy Peterson), are more than ready for your questions.

Bearse initially reunited with fellow co-stars William Ragsdale (Charley Brewster) and Stephen Geoffreys (Evil Ed) for a few panels celebrating the film's 25th anniversary in 2010. Now, on Fright Night's 30th anniversary, the film's actors have been appearing at even more horror conventions across the country and overseas. They stop in Lexington for ScareFest this weekend.

"We all feel very grateful for having the opportunity in the first place to come back and see the generations of people that continue to embrace this movie," Bearse says. "It holds a special place in all of our hearts."

Bearse might have gotten her first major exposure as an actress when Fright Night debuted in 1985. A couple years later, she would be at the butt end of biting remarks from Al Bundy as his neighbor on the popular sitcom Married With Children.

"I see fans that come up to the table, a lot of them are fans of Fright Night and the horror genre, but there's also fans of Marcy D'arcy, too," she says. "It's so delightful."

Bearse would later do plenty of TV work behind the camera, directing episodes of Married With Children and later helming episodes on shows such as Dharma & Greg and Reba, among others. She's more recently returned to her theatrical roots and is a play director in New York City.

As someone who has now worked onscreen and behind the lens, she has come to appreciate what a unique addition Fright Night was to the horror canon.

"Tom Holland's (writer, director) script was such an amazing treatment of the (vampire) genre when, at the time, it was very looked down upon," Bearse says. "There's comedy infused into it, but it respects the folklore. I think for the most part, people enjoyed Tom's treatment of the genre and the way he executed it."

Events like ScareFest have allowed Bearse to reconnect with castmates, but it's also allowed her to connect with Fright Night superfans, who she said are often "different drummers" who march to their own beat.

"The horror-fantasy folks are real sincere about their fandom and they don't come on board because it's the trend now," she says. "They've been on board for a long time."

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