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Fright Night (1985)

 -  Comedy | Horror  -  2 August 1985 (USA)
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When a teenager learns that his next door neighbour is a vampire, no one will believe him.

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Detective Lennox (as Art J. Evans)
Stewart Stern ...
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Bouncer #1
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Hooker
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Teenage Girl
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Jonathan (as Robert Corff)
Pamela Brown ...
Miss Nina
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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 Anonymous

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vampire | teenager | death | coffin | house | See more »

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If you love being scared, it'll be the night of your life. See more »

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Comedy | Horror

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2 August 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La hora del espanto  »

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$9,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Chris Sarandon has often joked that the finger extensions he was required to wear made to difficult for him to go to the bathroom. See more »

Goofs

When Evil Ed is turned into a wolf and is crawling on the floor, a line can be seen moving the animal. See more »

Quotes

Billy Cole: [Billy lunges out and surprises Charley as Charley is opening the basement storm door] Hey, Kid! What are you doing?
Charley Brewster: Nothin'...
Billy Cole: [Smiling menacingly] 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 »

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GIVE IT UP
Written by Dennis Matkosky and Bobby Caldwell
Produced by Alan George and Fred McFarlane for Terrible Two Productions
Performed by Evelyn "Champagne" King
c/o RCA Records
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'Campy' Fright Night Fun To Watch
23 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I incorrectly assumed this might be some dumb teen vampire flick when it came out about 20 years ago, but that wasn't the case. It was simply a very entertaining horror flick with a good mixture of suspense, comedy and good special- effects. The kids - William Ragsdale, Amanda Bearse and Stephen Geoffreys - are all excellent but the two adults - Chris Sarandon and Roddy McDowell - steal the show.

Sarandon is very cool as the vampire; cocky, arrogant and smooth. He is easily the best character in the movie. McDowell does a nice job as the reluctant vampire slayer.

The special-effects are good and the film is played strictly for fun, even with the suspenseful scenes. In fact, it reminds me of the word "camp" because it's so hokey in spots. Yet the film definitely has its scary moments. Note: I watched this 3-4 times on the tape so I am familiar with most of the film and after seeing the DVD, I swear several short scenes are missing (such as Bearse's quick shower scene). I've never come across something like this before.


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