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Fright Night (1985 film)

A horror-comedy about a teenager who discovers his new neighbor is a vampire.

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  • Jun 7, 2010
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Flicking through the channels last night I stumbled upon Fright Night, a movie I have seen dozens of times, but not recently, and I was thrilled to stay up late to see it yet again.  

I love vampire movies but so many can be way too gross (I like gross, but scary is better) and ridiculous, and of course a little sense of humor along with it makes it even better for me.  This was one movie that has thrilled me no matter how many times I've seen it.

Chris Sarandon plays Jerry Dandrage, the new neighbor of teenage Charlie. Charlie, who is a horror movie fan of the series Fright Night, knows for a fact that Jerry is a vampire but no one believes him.  Luckily, this scenerio did not last long as he tries to plead for help from the host of Fright Night played by Roddy McDowell - a man who says he believes in vampires but is scared to death to actually find out if they exist or not.  

I found this movie, right when it first came out in the early 1980's, a sit-on-the-edge-of-your-seat thriller, and humorous along the way.  Chris Sarandon is the sexiest vampire I have seen in a movie, and as I watched it for the first time in the 80's, I thought "He can bite me anytime" - that is, until I saw what he actually looked like as a vampire. OMG, what a transition!  Sarandon played a wonderfully seductive vampire with his charm and dark good looks, he was graceful and scary at the same time - I LOVE it!

Besides Sarandon, McDowell played his role wonderfully as a "Vampire Killer" who has a warm heart but is completely scared out of his wits.

Another thing that made this movie interesting was the fact there was no bull crap dialogue going on through the film; no waste of conversation going on here!  It was full of action, one thing leading to another very quickly, until the final climax.

If you want to see a truly mesmerizing and scary vampire thriller without lots of added nonsense, you need to see this one.  

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June 10, 2010
Very good review! This was the review I heard so much about! Thanks!
June 10, 2010
Thank you!!
June 10, 2010
To Queenbflix - I've never heard of Blood and Donuts...I'll have to read your review and thank you!
June 10, 2010
Thank you for all of your inputs!! I liked Evil Ed too, I believe he made a good character because he was "not in the loop" and being conned by Jerry was so easy. And I agree with all of you that the humor made the movie even better. It's hard to combine good comedy with thrills and actually work.
June 07, 2010
Plus it had that wonderful performance by Stephen Geoffreys as Evil Ed, the goofy geek who gets turned at the end of the movie. I love this flick too. What a shame the sequel was so bad. Unfortunately, that's usually the way it goes with sequels. FRIGHT NIGHT is on my Lunch List of Favorite Vampire Movies along with BLOOD AND DONUTS. Now there's a movie that's hard to catch but if you ever get the chance to see it, grab it. I reviewed it if you're interested.
June 07, 2010
I love this film. It remains one of the few horror films of the '80s that really still works with modern viewers and I think it's because of the use of humor. Roddy McDowall was hilarious! Chris Sarandon made a good vampire too.
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review by . October 19, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
***1/2 out of ****     "Fright Night" is what 80's horror cinema was all about; having fun without being overly dumb. To impress an intelligent audience, one had to actually WRITE a film and THINK about what made films such as this one work. I believe that "Fright Night" works because its writers were well-researched, and its director, Tom Holland (of "Child's Play" fame) knew - at the time - how to craft a well-made work of seemingly effortless entertainment. This is now one …
Quick Tip by . December 10, 2011
Welcome to fright night for real....super corney but funny and entertainingbat the same time. Riddled with crappy acting and 80's movie themes it made a good addition to my vampire movie collection.
review by . May 17, 2009
Fright Night is a horror film based upon the ever popular vampire genre that was making a come back during the 80's.   A nosy "kid" cast an wandering eye on the new neighbors. The suave handsome man and his weaselly looking buddy strike an eerie nerve within him, making his skin crawl. He's knows something is not right with the new people next door. Foolishly, he begins to snoop around the old house and discovers things that he shouldn't have. Charlie Brewster is his name, his best friend …
review by . June 11, 2007
posted in Movie Hype
Fright Night is a horror movie in its most simplistic form. A teenage boy named Charlie Brewster (William Ragsdale, "Herman's Head") believes that his next door neighbor Jerry Dandridge (Chris Sarandon, "The Princess Bride") is a vampire. Of course no one believes him, especially his girlfriend Amy (Amanda Bearse, "Married with Children") and his buddy "Evil" Ed (Stephen Geoffreys, "Heaven Help Us"). Oh by the way, Evil Ed's classic line in this movie is, "Oh you're so cool Brewster."     Amy …
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Director: Tom Holland
Genre: Horror
Release Date: August 2, 1985
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Tom Holland
DVD Release Date: September 7, 1999
Runtime: 106 minutes
Studio: Columbia Pictures
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