After a new neighbor moved into the house next door, Charley discovers that he is an ancient vampire and goes in search for the help of Peter Vincent, a famous "vampire killer" to save his neighborhood from the creature.
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
According to the book, Charley arrives at Dandrige's home at 2:00am. Which would mean that the last quarter of the film takes four hours to play out. See more »
When Peter rushes everyone out of Jerry's home, he shuts the door so quickly it pops open again. But in the following shot, its shut tight. See more »
[the vampire Jerry Dandrige approaches Charley in Charley's bedroom]
Now we wouldn't want to wake your mother, would we Charley? Then I'd have to kill her too. RIGHT?
[Jerry tosses Charley across his room, before grabbing him up by his throat]
Do you realize how much trouble you've caused me? Spying on me. Almost disturbing my sleep this afternoon. Telling policemen about me!
[Jerry drags Charley along one of the bedroom walls by the throat]
You deserve to die, boy. Of course... I could give you ...
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Just as the screen cuts to black at the end, Evil Ed can be heard saying "your so cool Brewster!" See more »
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 »
I would consider myself a film fan with somewhat intellectual preferences and I have a passion for European art house pretentious stuff, so when Fright Night was recommended to me I dismissed it in a snobby "80s special effects vampire horror movie? A title that rhymes? No, thank you!" kind of way.
HOWEVER, I have a feeling it may be the single best film I have ever seen, of any genre or time period. It has a witty script, fabulous special effects and some of the best acting I have seen, particularly Evil Ed later on in the film. There are moments of suspense, hilarity, tenderness (for example with Peter Vincent and the dying wolf) and believable every day life. This film didn't actually scare me but it did make me laugh very very hard.
A special mention must be made of Chris Sarandon as I think his performance really stood out. Evil is not as easy to portray in stories as people think, but Sarandon does the most believable evilness I think I have ever seen, coupled irresistibly with the sexiest seduction scene ever (is it wrong that I wanted him to win in the end because he was so gorgeous?). If vampires really did exist, I think they would be exactly like Jerry Dandridge, except maybe without the same scary 80s vampire mask and claws.
My advice is SEE THIS FILM, and don't have any preconceptions about it.
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