Fright Night

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When a teenager learns that his next door neighbour is a vampire, no one will believe him.

Release Year: 1985

Rating: 6.9/10 (20,067 voted)

Tom Holland

Stars: Chris Sarandon, William Ragsdale, Amanda Bearse

For young Charlie Brewster, nothing could be better than an old horror movie late at night. Two men move in next door, and for Charlie 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 Charlie's favorite TV show, Fright Night. Vincent doesn't really believe that vampires exist, but does it for the money…


Chris Sarandon

Jerry Dandrige

William Ragsdale

Charley Brewster

Amanda Bearse

Amy Peterson

Roddy McDowall

Peter Vincent

Stephen Geoffreys

Evil Ed

Jonathan Stark

Billy Cole

Dorothy Fielding

Judy Brewster

Art Evans

Detective Lennox

(as Art J. Evans)

Stewart Stern


Nick Savage

Bouncer #1

Ernie Holmes

Bouncer #2

Heidi Sorenson


Irina Irvine

Teenage Girl

Bob Corff


(as Robert Corff)

Pamela Brown

Miss Nina

There are good reasons to be afraid of the dark.

Release Date: 2 August 1985

Filming Locations: Laird International Studio – 9336 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $9,000,000


Opening Weekend: $6,118,543
(4 August 1985)
(1542 Screens)

Gross: $24,922,237
(22 September 1985)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


Roddy McDowall doesn't appear in the flesh until 34 minutes into the film.


When the Jerry Dandridge bat-creature is attacking Peter Vincent it scratches the left side of his face. When Charlie Brewster pulls the bat off him, the scratches are gone.


Peter Vincent:
I have just been fired because nobody wants to see vampire killers anymore, or vampires either. Apparently all they want to see are demented madmen running around in ski-masks, hacking up young virgins.

User Review

I watched it 5 times in one week

Rating: 10/10

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.