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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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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 good reasons to be afraid of the dark. 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)

Opening Weekend:

$6,118,543 (USA) (4 August 1985)

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$24,922,237 (USA)
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Trivia

An excerpt of Brad Fiedel's original score for the movie was utilized in the American trailers and TV spots for The Monster Squad (1987), which featured Jon Gries, who subsequently starred in Fright Night Part 2 (1988). See more »

Goofs

In the opening scene on the television, when Peter Vincent announces his name and goes to impale the vampire with a wooden stake and mallet, his stake is backwards as he rushes in. This was intentional as Roddy McDowell is parodying bad films/actors. 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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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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Strangers in the Night
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Music by Bert Kaempfert
Portion whistled by Chris Sarandon
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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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