Fright Night title

Tag line : If you love being scared it'll be the night of your life.

Fright NightMany 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 Chris Sarandon is superb as the evil vampire.

Overall marks : 6/10.

Terrifying Trivia.

  • Alternate tag line "There are good reasons to be afraid of the dark".

  • Roddy MacDowell's character "Peter Vincent" was named after the horror actors Peter Cushing and Vincent Price.

  • The films budget was $9million.

  • Director Tom Holland also directed "Child's Play" as well as the Steven King adaptations "The Langoliers" and "Thinner".

  • Amanda Bearse and Stephen Geoffreys both appeared in the 80's teen comedy "Fraternity Vacation".

  • The Swedish cinema and video versions were cut by about 2 mins, which removed Ed's transformation into a werewolf and shortened the scene where Dandridge's assistant melts.

  • The vampire film Charley is watching is Hammer's "Scars of Dracula".

  • Amanda Bearse went on to play Marcy, Al Bundy's next door neighbour, in the US 90's sitcom "Married with Children".

  • Stephen Geoffreys, who plays "Evil Ed", was tipped as being one of 12 promising new actors to emerge in 1985 owing to his role in this and the comedy "Fraternity Vacation" which was released in the same year. However, he only appeared in 4 other films after this, the most notable of which being the Robert Englund horror B-movie "976-Evil" and the 1990 sci-fi pic "Moon 44" by Roland Emmerich. Since then, he has disappeared from acting altogether, and was last seen appearing in a string of gay pornography films during the 90's. Oh dear!!!!!

  • Chris Sarandon also played Detective Norris in "Child's Play", which was also directed by Tom Holland.

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