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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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If you love being scared, it'll be the night of your life. 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?


Although William Ragsdale and Amanda Bearse are playing teenagers, in reality Ragsdale turned 24 and Bearse was 26 during filming. See more »


When Jerry throws Peter's cross away, the sound of it hitting the floor happens before it does. See more »


[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 »


Referenced in 976-EVIL (1988) See more »


Written and Produced by Ron Mael and Russell Mael
Performed by Sparks
c/o London Records Ltd
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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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