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 »
After a tragic car accident that killed his wife, a man discovers he can communicate with the dead to con people but when a demonic spirit appears, he may be the only one who can stop it from killing the living and the dead.
Michael J. Fox,
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
When Jerry lifts Charley by the throat and carries him across the room, the actor was being pulled on a furniture dolly. See more »
When Jerry is first seen in vampire form, as he draws the shade down before biting the girl, it is clear that while the hand drawing the shade has extended fingernails, the other hand does not. See more »
Does for vampires what 'An American Werewolf in London' did for werewolves
For a time vampires were a big deal and were a big draw at the Box Office. Hammer Films made numerous films about the undead and the US made their share as well. But of course people's tastes change over time and by the early 1980s vampires weren't nearly as popular as they had once been. Then it was killers in masks and zombies devouring the living that dominated the big screen. However, the sub-genre would enjoy a resurgence the same way that films about werewolves did. Tom Holland, who would go on to direct the first in the 'Child's Play' series, wrote and directed a very hip and thrilling new take on the vampire film. Over 25 years later it's still one of the best the genre has to offer.
Pros: Amazing performances all across the board. Brilliantly written and directed by Holland. Stunning cinematography. Memorable score and fun 80s soundtrack. Fast paced from start to finish. Made with an obvious affection for the genre. Often very funny, including some snappy dialogue. Great special and make-up effects that have aged well. Even though there is much humor here, there are still some chilling sequences and images throughout.
Cons: Dated in some aspects. At times predictable.
Final thoughts: What Tom Holland has made here is a film that pays homage to the great vampire films and mythology while also effectively bringing them up to date. This is without question one of the most thoroughly entertaining Comedy/Horror films not only of it's time, but ever. It's a case of all the right ingredients coming together at the right time. Even 'The Lost Boys,' which is great in it's own right, doesn't match it.
My rating: 5/5
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