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Fright Night (1985)

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A horror-obsessed teenager discovers that his next door neighbour is a murderous vampire. He tries to convince the police, his family and friends but to no avail. Now, he must take matters into his own hands.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Sarandon ... Jerry Dandrige
William Ragsdale ... Charley Brewster
Amanda Bearse ... Amy Peterson
Roddy McDowall ... Peter Vincent
Stephen Geoffreys ... Evil Ed
Jonathan Stark Jonathan Stark ... Billy Cole
Dorothy Fielding Dorothy Fielding ... Judy Brewster
Art Evans ... Detective Lennox (as Art J. Evans)
Stewart Stern ... Cook
Nick Savage Nick Savage ... Bouncer #1
Ernie Holmes Ernie Holmes ... Bouncer #2
Heidi Sorenson Heidi Sorenson ... Hooker
Irina Irvine Irina Irvine ... Teenage Girl
Bob Corff ... Jonathan (as Robert Corff)
Pamela Brown Pamela Brown ... Miss Nina
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Storyline

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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Horror | Thriller

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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 August 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fright Night See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,118,543, 4 August 1985, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$24,922,237
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The character of Peter Vincent claims he has been fired from hosting Fright Night because "all they want are demented mad men running around in ski masks hacking up young virgins." - an obvious reference to the Friday the 13th franchise. The bouncer (Nick Savage) at the club, who first confronts Jerry, plays one of the 3 motorcycle gang members killed by Jason Vorhees in Friday the 13th Part III (1982). See more »

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Peter Vincent stakes Jerry Dandridge with a normal-sized stake, but when Dandridge rises from his coffin, the stake is about the size of a pool stick. See more »

Quotes

[Jerry Dandrige meets Peter Vincent]
Jerry Dandrige: [shaking hands] Mr. Vincent. I've seen all of your films. And I found them... very amusing.
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Crazy Credits

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GIVE IT UP
Written by Dennis Matkosky and Bobby Caldwell
Produced by Alan George and Fred McFarlane for Terrible Two Productions
Performed by Evelyn King (as Evelyn "Champagne" King)
c/o RCA Records
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Even if you don't like horror movies, this one is a fun ride for all!!
21 January 2006 | by Nightman85See all my reviews

Superior modern vampire film remains one of the best made and most wildly entertaining horror movies of the 80's!

When teenage boy believes that his suave new neighbor is a vampire, he enlists the help of a TV horror host to destroy the blood-sucker.

Even now, a good 20 years after this movie premiered, Fright Night is one of the best vampire movies anywhere! Many have called the movie a spoof on the horror genre and while it does have a sharp sense of humor Fright Night is really a full-blooded horror ride. In a way it's old-fashion horror fun thats given some nicely modernized twists. Tom Holland well writes and directs this film. Holland's story is quickly paced and becomes compelling fun. His direction is slickly done as well. Fright Night boasts some spectacular (and gooey) special FX that are still impressive even by today's standards. That alone is a great achievement. Another highlight of the film is the gorgeous and mesmerizing rock score by Brad Fiedel. Believe me, no other electronic score is more alluring that this! The J. Giles band also provides a funky theme song.

Yet another highlight is the outstanding cast of this film. Chris Sarandon is everything you could expect from a vamp - charming, menacing, and drop-dead sexy. Young William Ragsdale is quirky as our unlikely teen-hero. The late-great Roddy McDowall shines as a veteran horror movie actor who must face real horrors now! The supporting cast is good as well, especially the wise-cracking Stephen Geoffreys.

A horror delight all the way, Fright Night remains a big favorite in the vampire genre and for very good reason. See it!

**** out of ****


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