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Fright Night (1985)

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A teenager discovers that the newcomer in his neighborhood is a vampire, so he turns to an actor in a television horror show for help dealing with the undead.

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Tom Holland

Writer:

Tom Holland
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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 ... 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 ... 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 »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The fact that Amy resembles a lost love of Dandridge's was Chris Sarandon's idea. He wanted Dandridge to have added dimensions - and not just be some evil bad guy. See more »

Goofs

When Peter Vincent knocks on Jerry's door, Billy Cole answers it. While Peter's arm is still raised to continue knocking, Billy offers his hand to Peter. Peter lowers his hand, yet in the next shot it is back up in the knocking position. See more »

Quotes

Peter Vincent: Mrs. Brewster. My God, the phone lines have been cut.
[Evil Ed arises from under the bed sheets with a wig on]
Evil Ed: I know.
[giggling]
Evil Ed: I DID IT!
Peter Vincent: Where is Charley's mother?
Evil Ed: [removes the wig] Oh, well, apparently she's working nights. BUT!... she left a note.
[He chuckles like a speed freak as he removes the note from his pocket. He reads it]
Evil Ed: Mmmmmm mmm! His dinner's in the oven!
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Crazy Credits

Just as the screen cuts to black at the end, Evil Ed can be heard saying "your so cool Brewster!" See more »

Alternate Versions

The Swedish version (cinema and video) misses the following: The transformation scene with Ed was removed (1m 50sec), and the scene where Dandrige's assistant melts was shortened by 16 sec. See more »

Connections

Featured in CineMaverick TV: Episode #1.15 (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

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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So much better then the remake.
27 October 2012 | by deatman9See all my reviews

This is another one of those examples where the classic is way better then the original. The remake completely changed the story line I would not even really call it a remake.The acting in this one is good and the special effects are actually creepy instead of that CGI crap. Really is a great classic horror.

This movie is about a young guy named Charlie Brewster. While spying on his neighbours one day he sees things to lead him to the suspicion that his new neighbour is a vampire. He is scared for his life while everyone else is scared for his sanity.

I have loved this movie since I was a kid it used to be scary then but now its just funny and enjoyable. Must see for horror fans if not might not enjoy it so much.


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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

Gross USA:

$24,922,237

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$24,922,237
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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