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Fright Night (1985)

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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)
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Nick Savage ...
Bouncer #1
Ernie Holmes ...
Bouncer #2
Heidi Sorenson ...
Hooker
Irina Irvine ...
Teenage Girl
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Jonathan (as Robert Corff)
Pamela Brown ...
Miss Nina
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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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If you love being scared, it'll be the night of your life. See more »

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2 August 1985 (USA)  »

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La hora del espanto  »

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$9,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Although William Ragsdale and Amanda Bearse are playing teenagers, in reality Ragsdale turned 24 and Bearse was 27 during filming. See more »

Goofs

After Jerry Dandridge attacks Charley and runs out of his room, he closes the window that had been nailed shut. After Charley's mother leaves his room, Charley sits down next to the window and we can clearly see that it is open again and the curtains are even blowing in the wind. Charley is actually closing the hallway window Jerry escaped through, which is right next to his mother's bedroom door. The broken frame from Jerry jamming the door can be seen as they talk, indicating they are in the hallway and not Charley's room. Charley then returns to his room, where his window is still open, after his mother goes back into her room. See more »

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Charley Brewster: That bastard! Why didn't he tell us there was going to be a pop quiz?
Evil Ed Thompson: That's the point of a pop quiz, Brewster... to surprise you.
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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 »

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LET'S TALK
Written by Mark Mothersbaugh
Produced by Devo, Inc.
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He must've been a Vampire Fruit Bat.
13 January 2008 | by (Happy Land, who lives in a Gumdrop House on Lolly Pop Lane) – See all my reviews

Fright Night, Lost Boys and Near Dark are the holy trinity of 80s vampire flicks. And arguably three of the best vampires movies of all-time. Just recently I returned to this piece of 80's horror gold and I have to say, I enjoyed it just as much as the first time I saw it.

Fright Night is about a kid named Charlie Brewster who accidentally discovers that his new neighbor, Jerry Dandrige, is a vampire. The movie is about Charlie and friends setting out to destroy the vampire. But Mr. Dandridge is no slouch and is more of a threat to them, then they are to him.

Besides being one of the best 80's horror films, I think it's also one of the best movies of the entire 1980s. The movie is full of great performances, especially Chris Sarandon as Jerry Dandrige and Roddy McDowall as TV Vampire Slayer Peter Vincent. It has fantastic make-up effects that are sorely, sorely missing from today's horror flicks. And it also combines a great feel of horror with a realistic touch of comedy and drama. The best and funniest aspect to the movie for myself is how they portray the vampire character. I won't spoil it for you, but the guy enjoys wearing very "tata" clothes, eats "fruit" all the time, and has a live-in roommate. This movie is classic! Fright Night has a sequel that some say is equally as good, but I wouldn't be one to say that. But, I do enjoy the sequel and definitely think it's worth a view. If you're a fan of horror and vampires, this is a must see flick. Welcome to Fright Night baby!


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