By day Gerri Dandridge is a sexy professor, but by night she transforms into a real-life vampire with an unquenchable thirst for human blood. So when a group of high school students travel ... See full summary »
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For young Charlie Brewster, nothing could be better than an old horror movie late at night. Two men move in next door, and for Charlie with his horror movie experience, there can be no doubt that their strange behavior is explained by the fact that they are a vampire and his undead day guardian. The only one who can help him hunt them down is a washed-up actor, Peter Vincent, who hosts Charlie's favorite TV show, Fright Night. Vincent doesn't really believe that vampires exist, but does it for the money... Written by
Jonathan Stark was supposed to be wearing a pair of vampire contacts when he came up the staircase, but the actor was blinded by the lenses and kept tripping on the stairs, so the director told him to remove one. See more »
In the night club Jerry is walking through the crowd, stalking Amy. At one point he passes a mirrored wall and we see his reflection. Earlier it was shown that Jerry isn't supposed to have a reflection. See more »
[Billy lunges out and surprises Charley as Charley is opening the basement storm door]
Hey, Kid! What are you doing?
Oh, yeah? Well, just see that it stays that way... Kid.
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During the opening credits, the F and T in Fright Night (1985) elongate into a pair of fangs. See more »
I would consider myself a film fan with somewhat intellectual preferences and I have a passion for European art house pretentious stuff, so when Fright Night was recommended to me I dismissed it in a snobby "80s special effects vampire horror movie? A title that rhymes? No, thank you!" kind of way.
HOWEVER, I have a feeling it may be the single best film I have ever seen, of any genre or time period. It has a witty script, fabulous special effects and some of the best acting I have seen, particularly Evil Ed later on in the film. There are moments of suspense, hilarity, tenderness (for example with Peter Vincent and the dying wolf) and believable every day life. This film didn't actually scare me but it did make me laugh very very hard.
A special mention must be made of Chris Sarandon as I think his performance really stood out. Evil is not as easy to portray in stories as people think, but Sarandon does the most believable evilness I think I have ever seen, coupled irresistibly with the sexiest seduction scene ever (is it wrong that I wanted him to win in the end because he was so gorgeous?). If vampires really did exist, I think they would be exactly like Jerry Dandridge, except maybe without the same scary 80s vampire mask and claws.
My advice is SEE THIS FILM, and don't have any preconceptions about it.
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