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Fright Night (1985)

R  |   |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Detective Lennox (as Art J. Evans)
Nick Savage ...
Bouncer #1
Ernie Holmes ...
Bouncer #2
Heidi Sorenson ...
Irina Irvine ...
Teenage Girl
Bob Corff ...
Jonathan (as Robert Corff)
Pamela Brown ...
Miss Nina


For young Charley Brewster, nothing could be better than an old horror movie late at night. Two men move in next door, and for Charley 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 Charley'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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There are some very good reasons to be afraid...of the dark. See more »


Comedy | Horror


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Release Date:

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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Did You Know?


Cast and crew members have recalled that Roddy McDowall videotaped extensive on-set behind-the-scenes footage. None of them saw the tapes, and their whereabouts remain unknown. See more »


When the bat creature is flying toward Peter Vincent, a line can be seen holding the creature. See more »


[after Evil Ed fails to listen to Charley's warning]
Charley Brewster: No vampire's gonna want him anyway. Probably give him blood poisoning.
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Crazy Credits

During the opening credits, the F and T in Fright Night (1985) elongate into a pair of fangs. See more »


Referenced in The Haunted World of El Superbeasto (2009) See more »


Written by Gary Goetzman and Mike Piccirillo
Produced by Mike Piccirillo and Gary Goetzman for Goetzman/Piccirillo Productions
Performed by Fabulous Fontaines
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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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