American filmmaker Tom Holland started his career writing screenplays. As a director, he has become noted for creating commercially successful films that add a lively modern spin to very traditional plot devices. He made his feature film debut as a director and screenwriter with Fright Night in 1988. More of an homage than a send-up of old low-budget vampire thrillers, it has gained a following. He has since continued to make horror movies and thrillers.