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Out in the Cold

January 17, 1988|John M. Wilson

Writer-director Tom Holland scared audiences with "Fright Night." Now he's "chilling the cast," according to a spokesman for UA's "Childsplay," which has eight outdoor locations this month in Chicago, where it's been as cold as 20 below--with a wind-chill factor of 50 below. But: "At least it hasn't snowed." Yet.

Chris Sarandon, Catherine Hicks and Alex Vincent, aged 6, star in the psycho-thriller written by Holland and Don Mancini about a little boy suspected of murder--and a scary doll that may be "alive." It's due back in L.A. in early February.

Cast and crew are surviving the Windy City with huge portable space heaters, hand and foot warmers and ski masks. Large rooms have been rented nearby as "warm centers" and station wagons are lined up with heaters going, since trailers can't be parked close to the set.

"Usually they pass out a list of restaurants (when cast and crew arrive)," the spokesman said. "Here they gave out copies of a Chicago Tribune piece on how to treat frostbite. I kid you not!"

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