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
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]
Look, I'm telling you, Jerry Dandridge is a vampire!
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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During the opening credits, the F and T in Fright Night (1985) elongate into a pair of fangs. 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 »
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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