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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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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 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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Taglines:

There are some very good reasons to be afraid...of the dark. See more »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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

Although the part of Peter Vincent was based upon and originally written for Vincent Price to play, Roddy McDowall decided Peter Vincent was not in the same league as Price. "My part is that of an old ham actor, I mean a dreadful actor," McDowall commented in a 1985 interview with Monster Land magazine. "He had a moderate success in an isolated film here and there, but all very bad product. Basically, he played one character for 8 or 10 films, for which he probably got paid next to nothing. Unlike stars of horror films who are very good actors and played lots of different roles, such as Peter Lorre and Vincent Price or Boris Karloff, this poor sonofabitch just played the same character all the time, which was awful." See more »

Goofs

When Jerry laughs after confronting Peter and Charley at the top of the stairs you can see metal fillings in his teeth. Vampires are self healing and shouldn't have tooth decay. See more »

Quotes

Jerry Dandrige: Yes, Charley, you've already causes your friends quite enough pain.
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Crazy Credits

During the opening credits, the F and T in Fright Night (1985) elongate into a pair of fangs. See more »

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LET'S TALK
Written by Mark Mothersbaugh
Produced by Devo, Inc.
Performed by Devo
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One Great one
12 April 2005 | by elinspectordetimpanosSee all my reviews

After all this years (20) of vampire slaughtering, Blade's karate Vs vampire flicks, or even Carpenter's Rambo characters, Fright Night still offers the scent of a classic. Tom Holland's masterpiece holds by itself because of a great cast and a plot that gathers every single cliché of the genre and plays a bit with humor and a lot of effective spooks. Roddy Mc Dowall steals the movie with his over the hill terrified looser character. Even special effects are bizarre today as they're a craftsmanship result giving some scenes a bizarre concept that takes you directly into Roger Corman's "B" world. A true pleasure to watch from time to time. Happy 20 years


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