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Writer:
Tom Holland (written by)
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Release Date:
2 August 1985 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
There are some very good reasons to be afraid...of the dark. See more »
Plot:
When a teenager learns that his next door neighbour is a vampire, no one will believe him. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
5 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
One of My Favorite Vampire Movies Ever See more (264 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Chris Sarandon ... Jerry Dandrige

William Ragsdale ... Charley Brewster

Amanda Bearse ... Amy Peterson

Roddy McDowall ... Peter Vincent

Stephen Geoffreys ... Evil Ed

Jonathan Stark ... Billy Cole
Dorothy Fielding ... Judy Brewster

Art Evans ... Detective Lennox (as Art J. Evans)
Stewart Stern ... Cook
Nick Savage ... Bouncer #1
Ernie Holmes ... Bouncer #2
Heidi Sorenson ... Hooker
Irina Irvine ... Teenage Girl

Bob Corff ... Jonathan (as Robert Corff)
Pamela Brown ... Miss Nina

Chris Hendrie ... Newscaster
Prince Hughes ... Bouncer #3 (as Prince A. Hughes)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Christopher Lee ... Dracula (archive footage)
Lene Hefner ... (unconfirmed) (uncredited)

Joy Michelle Moore ... High School Student (uncredited)

Directed by
Tom Holland 
 
Writing credits
Tom Holland (written by)

Produced by
Jerry A. Baerwitz .... associate producer
Herb Jaffe .... producer
 
Original Music by
Brad Fiedel 
 
Cinematography by
Jan Kiesser (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Kent Beyda 
 
Casting by
Jackie Burch 
 
Production Design by
John DeCuir Jr.  (as John De Cuir Jr.)
 
Set Decoration by
Jerry Adams 
 
Costume Design by
Robert Fletcher 
 
Makeup Department
Ken Diaz .... makeup artist
Marina Pedraza .... hair stylist
Rick Stratton .... additional makeup artist
Dale Brady .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Bill Sturgeon .... creature effects crew (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Jerry A. Baerwitz .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Carole Keligian .... second assistant director
Rory Romero .... dga trainee
Jerry Sobul .... first assistant director (as Gerald Sobul)
 
Art Department
Mark Fabus .... set designer
Ross Gallichotte .... set designer
Arthur Shippee .... property master (as Art Shippee)
Robert Van Dyke .... propmaker gangboss
Hendrik Wynands .... set construction (as Henry Wynands)
 
Sound Department
Neil Burrow .... sound editor
David E. Campbell .... sound re-recording mixer
Gordon Davidson .... sound editor
Jay Engel .... adr editor
David J. Kimball .... sound re-recording mixer
Tom McCarthy Jr. .... supervising sound editor
Michael P. Redbourn .... sound editor (as Mike Redbourn)
Brossy Reina .... assistant sound editor
John T. Reitz .... sound re-recording mixer
Don Rush .... production sound mixer
David Spence .... sound editor
Vanessa Theme Ament .... foley artist (uncredited)
Joseph Holsen .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Morton Greenspoon .... contact lens consultant (as Dr. Morton K. Greenspoon)
Albert Lannutti .... special effects
Michael Lantieri .... special effects
Dean W. Miller .... special effects
Thaine Morris .... mechanical effects supervisor: Entertainment Effects Group, Los Angeles
Clay Pinney .... special effects (as Clayton Pinney)
Darrell Pritchett .... special effects
Johan Klingler .... special effects (uncredited)
Larry Odien .... animatronics (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Fredrick Albrecht .... grip: Entertainment Effects Group, Los Angeles (as Fred Albrecht)
Brent Boates .... production illustrator: Entertainment Effects Group, Los Angeles
Dale Brady .... crew/creature effects shop: Entertainment Effects Group, Los Angeles
John Bruno .... visual effects art director: Entertainment Effects Group, Los Angeles
Laura Buff .... production supervisor: Entertainment Effects Group, Los Angeles
Rob Cantrell .... crew/creature effects shop: Entertainment Effects Group, Los Angeles
Craig Caton .... crew/creature effects shop: Entertainment Effects Group, Los Angeles
Dave Chamberlain .... model shop production assistant
Robert Cole .... head effects technician: Entertainment Effects Group, Los Angeles (as Bob M. Cole)
Randall William Cook .... creature designer and creator: Entertainment Effects Group, Los Angeles
Charles Cowles .... optical printer operator: Entertainment Effects Group, Los Angeles (as Chuck Cowles)
Richard Edlund .... visual effects producer
Robert Eyslee .... gaffer: Entertainment Effects Group, Los Angeles
James M. Falkinburg .... production advisor: Entertainment Effects Group, Los Angeles (as James Nelson)
Alan Harding .... assistant matte cameraman: Entertainment Effects Group, Los Angeles
Steve Johnson .... creature designer and creator: Entertainment Effects Group, Los Angeles
Makio Kida .... crew/creature effects shop: Entertainment Effects Group, Los Angeles
Neil Krepela .... matte department supervisor: Entertainment Effects Group, Los Angeles
John Lambert .... assistant cameraman: Entertainment Effects Group, Los Angeles
Mary Mason .... production coordinator: Entertainment Effects Group, Los Angeles (as Mary C. Mason)
Dave Matherly .... crew/creature effects shop: Entertainment Effects Group, Los Angeles (as David Matherly)
Michele Moen .... matte artist: Entertainment Effects Group, Los Angeles (as Michelle Moen)
Ronald B. Moore .... optical line-up: Entertainment Effects Group, Los Angeles
Bill Neil .... visual effects cameraman: Entertainment Effects Group, Los Angeles
Steve Neill .... crew/creature effects shop: Entertainment Effects Group, Los Angeles
Sean Newton .... key animator: Entertainment Effects Group, Los Angeles
Martin November .... visual effects editor: Entertainment Effects Group, Los Angeles
Pat Repola .... lab technician: Entertainment Effects Group, Los Angeles (as Patrick Repola)
Pete Romano .... assistant cameraman: Entertainment Effects Group, Los Angeles
Richard Ruiz .... crew/creature effects shop: Entertainment Effects Group, Los Angeles
Annick Therrien .... rotoscope supervisor: Entertianment Effects Group, Los Angeles
Patrick Van Auken .... grip: Entertainment Effects Group, Los Angeles
Mark Vargo .... optical supervisor: Entertainment Effects Group, Los Angeles
Garry Waller .... animation supervisor: Entertainment Effects Group, Los Angeles
Mary E. Walter .... optical line-up: Entertainment Effects Group, Los Angeles
Gene Whiteman .... chief engineer: Entertainment Effects Group, Los Angeles
Claire Wilson .... production accountant: Entertainment Effects Group, Los Angeles
Mark Bryan Wilson .... first technician/creature effects shop: Entertainment Effects Group, Los Angeles (as Mark B. Wilson)
Terry Windell .... animation supervisor: Entertainment Effects Group, Los Angeles
Matthew Yuricich .... chief matte artist: Entertainment Effects Group, Los Angeles (as Matt Yuricich)
 
Stunts
Bradley Alan .... stunts (as Brad Alan)
Christine Anne Baur .... stunts (as Christine Baur)
Alonzo Brown .... stunts
Jerry Brutsche .... stunts
Cheré Bryson .... stunts (as Chere Bryson)
Gerald Clarke .... stunts
Bill Couch Jr. .... stunt coordinator
Paula Crist .... stunts
Nick Dimitri .... stunts
Gardner Doolittle .... stunts
Cheryl E. Duncan .... stunts (as C.E. Duncan)
Donna Hall .... stunts
Mark Harden .... stunts
Larry Holt .... stunts
Terry James .... stunts
Loren Janes .... stunts
Lane Leavitt .... stunts (as Lane Levitt)
Frank Perrino .... stunts
Thomas Rosales Jr. .... stunts (as Tom Rosales)
Clifford Strong .... stunts
Kym Washington .... stunts (as Kim Washington)
Mike Washlake .... stunts
Jerry Wills .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ron Batzdorff .... still photographer
Craig Denault .... camera operator
Clyde Hart .... key grip (as Clyde W. Hart)
To Lee .... second assistant camera
Calvin Maehl .... chief lighting technician (as Cal H. Maehl)
Louis Niemeyer .... first assistant camera
Charles E. Nippell .... best boy
Aaron Pazanti .... first assistant camera
Jeff Stanman .... lighting technician
Bruce Zachary Herman .... still photographer (uncredited)
Scott C. Williman .... rigging (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bettylee Balsam .... costumer
Mort Schwartz .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Larry Bock .... additional editor
Carrie Ellison .... assistant editor
Patricia Lee .... assistant editor
Adam Weiss .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Kevin Benson .... music supervisor: Cinemusic
David Chackler .... music supervisor: Cinemusic
Ross Levinson .... musician: electric violin
Irwin Mazur .... music supervisor: Cinemusic
Steve Plunkett .... composer: additional music
Jim Weidman .... music editor
 
Transportation Department
Buster Kohloff .... transportation coordinator (as Buster Kohlhoff)
 
Other crew
Sheila Barnes .... production coordinator
Oga Danylo .... assistant: Herb Jaffe
Sue Donoghue .... unit publicist
Marcia 'Mavis' Girard .... script supervisor (as Mavis Girard)
Dorain Grusman .... choreographer
Steve Housewright .... production assistant
Pamela Madeiros .... assistant: Mr. Holland (as Pamels Madieros)
Gail Mutrux .... video consultant
Glenn Nicol .... production accountant
Hal Reinstra .... personal assistant: Mr. Holland
Miguel Tejada-Flores .... assistant to producer
Bundy Chanock .... set medic (uncredited)
Mark Harden .... animal trainer: wild animals (uncredited)
Brian McMillan .... head animal trainer (uncredited)
Mike Revell .... assistant production accountant (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
106 min
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Color:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
For the scene in which Jerry picks up the night club bouncer by the throat, the actor was crouched on top of a large wheeled box out of the camera's view. As Jerry grasped his throat, the actor gradually stood up to create the illusion he was being lifted high into the air and dragged across the floor.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Evil Ed gets touched by the cross on his forehead, the blistering burn is over his left eyebrow. However, in later shots after Peter stakes him, the burn is in the middle of his forehead.See more »
Quotes:
Charley Brewster:Look, Detective Lennox, Jerry Dandridge is vampire!
Detective Lennox:Yeah, sure, and I'm Dirty Harry!
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
YOU CAN'T HIDE FROM THE BEAST INSIDESee more »

FAQ

Does Evil Ed turn into a werewolf after being bitten by Jerry Dandridge?
What is 'Fright Night' about?
How much sex, violence, and profanity are in this movie?
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43 out of 52 people found the following review useful.
One of My Favorite Vampire Movies Ever, 6 December 2004
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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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