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)
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…
(as Art J. Evans)
(as Robert Corff)
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
Opening Weekend: $6,118,543
(4 August 1985)
(22 September 1985)
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.
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.
I watched it 5 times in one week
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.