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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. He decides to take matters into his own hands.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jerry Dandrige
... Charley Brewster
... Amy Peterson
... Peter Vincent
... Evil Ed
Jonathan Stark ... Billy Cole
Dorothy Fielding ... Judy Brewster
... Detective Lennox (as Art J. Evans)
... Cook
Nick Savage ... Bouncer #1
Ernie Holmes ... Bouncer #2
Heidi Sorenson ... Hooker
Irina Irvine ... Teenage Girl
... Jonathan (as Robert Corff)
Pamela Brown ... Miss Nina
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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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There are good reasons to be afraid of the dark. See more »

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Horror | Thriller

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2 August 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La hora del espanto  »

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$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$24,922,237
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Coincidentally, Stephen Geoffreys and Amanda Bearse had played a couple in Fraternity Vacation (1985) and went straight from filming that movie to working on 'Fright Night.' Both films were also scored by composer Brad Fiedel. See more »

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When Jerry is first seen in vampire form, as he draws the shade down before biting the girl, it is clear that while the hand drawing the shade has extended fingernails, the other hand does not. See more »

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[Jerry holds Charley's hand in a crushing matter]
Jerry Dandrige: You shouldn't lose your temper, Charley. It isn't polite.
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During the opening credits, the F and T in Fright Night (1985) elongate into a pair of fangs. See more »

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Featured in Sleepy Hollow: Behind the Legend (2000) See more »

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ROCK MYSELF TO SLEEP
Written by Kimberley Rew and Vince de la Cruz
Produced by Lance Quinn
Performed by April Wine
c/o Capitol Records, Inc. (Aquarius Records Ltd. for Canada)
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offbeat, cool, sexy and very 80s vampire tale (my favourite yet)
3 March 2000 | by See all my reviews

Before I first watched Fright Night, I admit I was unsure about what to think about it. All I knew about it was from what I had been told from my Dad (though his likes/dislikes are generally on par with mine, they sometimes border on plain stupid). But when I saw it to the end, I was almost totally converted.

Although the beginning is a bit cheesy and reminiscent of stereotypical horror B-movies, it soon becomes clear that this is part of what makes Fright Night so original. All the typical horror film genres are there: horror, romance, comedy (well maybe comedy isn't a typical horror element); but what makes this horror flick stand out a mile-and-a-half from the rest is that it's a very offbeat tale. It's creepily cheesy but gets away with it because it's atmosphere is so good.

All this and I haven't mentioned the acting or special effects yet. Sarandon seems to give such an effortless performance as the vampire and as a result is almost perfect. I had thought of what a modern day vampire would be like before I saw Fright Night; but Jerry Dandridge just blew all these ideas away and has to be the coolest (and I don't often use that word) and sexiest vampire ever, and is one of my favourite movie villains. Roddy McDowall can't hold a candle to Sarandon but is still very good, and Stephen Geoffreys is one of the funniest and memorable movie characters ever to grace a film screen too.

The special effects are good for 1985 and unlike where in modern films the SFX are the main point in the movie, here they add to the already present chilling atmosphere. And although on the one hand, Fright Night is quite dated, it also captures the atmosphere and the essence of the 80s. The soundtrack is excellent for the film, but paradoxically not very memorable (apart from one or two good songs).

[I wish I'd been born before 1981 (maybe 1961) so that I could have lived in the late-70s and 80s, and would have memories of the best music from that time, and not the boybands/Beatles clones/dance ditties (not decent tunes mind) we have now.]

All in all an (almost) perfect film: watch it and you'll (most likely) enjoy it and watch it again and again.


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