The producers interviewed a lot of potential candidates to direct, but they chose Eduardo Rodriguez when he pitched the innovative idea of telling the vampire's backstory in an animated comic segment. Rodriguez conceived the sequence as a way to slash costs and lighten the shooting schedule.
In the original Fright Night, the 'Gerri Dandridge' character was a male vampire named Jerry Dandridge. The original Fright Night Part II featured Jerry's sister Regina Dandridge as the villain. Hence, both versions of Fright Night were followed by a sequel where the male vampire is replaced with a female vampire.
The explosion of the gas station was shot on a soundstage. Originally filmmakers planned to shoot at the practical location, but weather conditions and roadblock issues prevented them from setting the pumps ablaze.
Matt Venne dazzled the producers and director by composing the first draft of the screenplay in a week. The script then underwent two months of revisions as he took suggestions and further developed the story and characters.
For the scene in which the vampire's shadow trails across the wall behind the old woman, the crew tried to employ practical visual effects on-set but it took so long to get the shadow to properly align that they decided to achieve the effect digitally instead.
For the scene in which Gerri leaps from her window with a body over her shoulder, the weather was below freezing and flying harness was causing the stuntwoman excruciating pain. Director Eduardo Rodriguez later expressed guilt that he made the woman do repeated takes of the scene.