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Fright Night (1985)

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A teenager discovers that the newcomer in his neighborhood is a vampire, so he turns to an actor in a television horror show for help dealing with the undead.


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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 ... 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 ... Hooker
Irina Irvine Irina Irvine ... Teenage Girl
Bob Corff ... Jonathan (as Robert Corff)
Pamela Brown Pamela Brown ... Miss Nina


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


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Did You Know?


A puppet that was created for the ghost librarian's monstrous visage in Ghostbusters (1984) was rejected as being too terrifying for a PG-movie. When the FX crew subsequently went to work on this film, they realized the rejected model resembled the vampire bat that they'd created, so they repurposed and utilized it for the vampire's fiery destruction. See more »


When Evil Ed is turned into a wolf and is crawling on the floor, a line can be seen moving the animal. See more »


[Detective Lennox tells Charley he better never catch his butt again]
Charley Brewster: Look, I'm telling you, Jerry Dandridge is a vampire!
Detective Lennox: Sure, and I'm Dirty Harry. Now let me tell you something kid. If I ever catch your ass down at the station house again, I'm throwing it in jail FOREVER!
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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 »

Alternate Versions

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 »


Referenced in The Goldbergs: The Other Smother (2014) See more »


Written and performed by Brad Fiedel
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Move over Hammer!
3 January 2002 | by AnneSLReidSee all my reviews

This is perhaps the best vampire film I've ever seen. The directing managed to extrapolate optimum acting from the stars and produce a neatly condensed, funny and interesting picture without being pretentious.

Credit must go to Sarandon who is mesmerising even though he cannot help playing the part "tongue in cheek". He is nevertheless the perfect archetypal vampire. His suave and debonair manner (oozing experience), and ice-cold dark glare left every woman (well me anyway!) drooling - a refreshing change from the usual nerd we have to settle for in most films! Indeed, his charisma suffocated the attempts of McDowell, who was nevertheless impressive as the cowardly charlatan, and Ragsdale, who suffered mainly from a poor script.

Geoffreys was funny though bordered on the annoying. Bearse was surprisingly refreshing by managing to avoid posing throughout the whole film and shows obvious talent as a natural comedian. However, she and Sarandon looked completely incompatible. Stark spoiled the film by clumsily acting a part he was blatantly not suited for, even if his presence only served to highlight Sarandon's superior quality. He looked more like a bank manager than an evil henchman!

Make-up mainly contributed to the comic side of the film through its sheer absurdity if nothing else. Soundtrack is lovably cheesy as any 80's flick should be! A timeless pic which can - and should be - watched again and again.

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Release Date:

2 August 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,118,543, 4 August 1985

Gross USA:


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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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