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Fright Night (1985)

 -  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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Jonathan (as Robert Corff)
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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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If you love being scared, it'll be the night of your life. See more »

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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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In the infamous "Dance Sequence" The actors Chris Sarandon and Amanda Bearse were actually swaying to the theme song "Come to Me" by Brad Fiedel on the set to give the seduction scene that comes later extra ambiance. See more »

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When Charlie and Peter Enter the house, to try to kill Jerry, it is obviously night when they're outside, but when they're inside, you can see that it is day through the curtained window on the door. See more »

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[Charley turns to a now believing, now terrified Peter Vincent for help fighting vampires]
Peter Vincent: That's just a character I played in a movie! Peter Vincent's not even my real name!
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BOPPIN' TONIGHT
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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One of My Favorite Vampire Movies Ever
6 December 2004 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

While with his girlfriend Amy Peterson (Amanda Bearse) in his bedroom, the teenager Charley Brewster (William Ragsdale) sees a coffin being transported to the house on the next door. A couple of days later, he concludes that his neighbor Jerry Dandrige (Chris Sarandon) is a vampire, who is committing some recent unsolved murders. Charley decides to look for help first his friend Evil Ed Thompson (Stephen Geoffreys), since the policemen do not believe on his accusation. Jerry is upset and promises to kill Charley. Later, he meets Peter Vincent (Roddy McDowall), a middle aged man, who is a vampire killer in a television show but does not believe on vampires in the real life. Amy and Ed seek out Peter Vincent, and the group tries to prove to Charley that Jerry is not a vampire.

'Fright Night' is one of my favorite vampire movies, indeed a cult-movie in Brazil. I do not know how many times I have seen this film in my life, but yesterday I saw it on DVD for the first time and I was not disappointed, since the Brazilian DVD offers two choices (widescreen and fullscreen). There is just a trailer in the extras, but it suffices. Chris Sarandon is incredibly funny and sexy in this role; the movie has a perfect combination and timing of the genres of horror and comedy; the 'Van Helsing' of the story, Peter Vincent, is a fantastic joke with the names of the great Peter Cushing and Vincent Price; the special effects were state of art in 1985. My vote is nine.

Title ('Brazil'): ' A Hora do Espanto' ('The Fright Hour')

Note: on 14 January 2012, I saw this wonderful film again.


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