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Fright Night (1985)

  Tags: 80's, Amanda Bearse, blood, Chris Sarandon, classic film, comedic, Dorothy Fielding, fright night, Jonathan Stark, Roddy McDowall, Stephen Geoffreys, Tom Holland, vamps, werewolf, William Ragsdale

Your rating: None Average: 7 (4 votes)
Reviewer Rating: 
8

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Rating #: 
8/10
Director: 
Tom Holland
Runtime: 
106 minutes
Cast: 
Chris Sarandon, William Ragsdale, Amanda Bearse, Roddy McDowall, Stephen Geoffreys, Jonathan Stark, Dorothy Fielding


In the decade of the Slasher movie, a fresh new vampire film entitled Fright Night hit the scene, which eventually became a cult classic amongst horror fans and vampire-movie enthusiasts. Director Tom Holland showed us that mixing horror, cool make-up effects, comedy, and the general 80's flare, that it can become a favorite with even those that don't even like the genre. Speaking of which, Tom was no stranger to the genre, as he wrote films like The Beast Within and Psycho 2 before making Fright Night his first directorial effort. Then he moved onto films like the classic Child's Play and brought us a couple Stephen King adaptations (The Langoliers and Thinner). Although this is a vampire flick it didn't just stop with them, as we saw a sweet transformation of one of the characters from a werewolf, and of course, there's the Ghoul, who's the eyes and ears of his master in the day.

For those who may not have seen the film, the story follows Charley Brewster -- a teen obsessed with a horror show starring Peter Vincent, a vampire hunter. While watching the show one night, he spots his new neighbors moving what appears to be a coffin into the house. Shortly after he even witnesses what he believes to be his neighbor biting and sucking the blood out of a young female's neck. Naturally this couldn't be real, but after further investigation, Charley comes to the conclusion that his neighbor is an actual vampire. After a couple close calls and threats to his life, he seeks the aid of his icon Peter Vincent in hopes that he'll know a way to stop his blood-thirsty neighbor. The bad thing is that Peter himself isn't even a believer. In fact, no one believes Charley. He must now find a way to convince his friends and especially Peter, before his neighbor finally sinks his teeth into him.

This is just an overall fun movie. It never gets boring and it has a lot of nods to the genre, like the name Peter Vincent for instance, which is a combination of Peter Cushing and Vincent Price -- two veterans of the genre. We even have a character named "Evil" who plays the above-average and slightly-bizarre horror fanatic. As I stated before there are some make-up effects in this film that even put some of these present-day movies to shame. Hopefully Hollywood will never remake this, because there should be some classics left as they are.

Noted as one of the best vampire films to come out of this genre; this is definitely a movie to see if you haven't already. I personally never get tired of watching this.

Posted on July 29, 2009 - 5:55am | FrighT MasteR

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