Many people have problems with their neighbours, but when some new folk move in next door to young Charley Brewster (William Ragsdale) he becomes convinced they're more than just a little odd.
It begins when he notices his new neighbour, Jerry Dandridge (Chris Sarandon) and his assistant moving a coffin into their basement late at night. Initially he thinks nothing of it, but when he sees in the news that the bodies of a string of call girls have been discovered, who he witnessed going into Dandridge's house earlier that week, he realises something sinister is afoot.
Charley begins snooping on his neighbour, only to discover that he is in fact a vampire. Unsurprisingly, the police don't believe him, and neither does his best friend and horror movie nut 'Evil' Ed (Stephen Geoffreys). But with Dandridge now out to silence him, he enlists the help of ailing horror movie star Peter Vincent (as played by Roddy McDowall), who claims to be an expert in killing vampires, to help stop him.
Of course, the only reason Vincent is going along with the charade is because he needs the money as his TV show just got cancelled. But when he discovers the truth, and with Dandridge taking an interest with Charlie's girlfriend Amy (Amanda Bearse), an interesting battle soon ensues.
Darkly humoured and suspenseful, the film is an excellent slice of 80's horror/comedy. Roddy McDowall is hilarious as the washed up movie star who gets to play out his fictional character for real and Sarandon is superb as the evil vampire.