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FRIGHT NIGHT
1985 / Horror
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Directed by Tom Holland
Written by Tom Holland
Starring Chris Sarandon, William Ragsdale, Amanda Bearse and Roddy McDowall

Two men move in next door to Charley, and 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.

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Fright Night (1985)
Review by Bradley Frohloff

8 / 10
I'm not hugely into the whole sub-genre of vampires. However, Fright Night is one of the few exceptions for a vampire movie that I actually enjoy. It's offbeat with its cheesy 80's charm and has some cool practical effects. Chris Sarandon makes for a fun vampire and has good screen presence.

It's not particularly all that scary, or whatever scare factor it did have, it has definitely lost as time has gone by. With all that aside, Fright Night is a fun, easy-going viewing experience.
Fright Night (1985)
Review by Michael Mahoney

9 / 10
Perhaps one of my favorite vampire films, Fright Night is a lot of fun and sets a high standard for a modern-age vampire story, and does a great job in a subgenre of horror often stuck in the 1950's.

The story is, of course, a lot of fun, and really has that 80's vibe that sticks with you (most noticeable during the scenes right before and during the club sequence), and the characters too are mostly memorable also. I'm somewhat lukewarm when it comes to William Ragsdale's performance, but Chris Sarandon, Roddy McDowall, and Stephen Geoffreys all do great. I don't really under Evil Ed's character, but McDowall's great performance as Peter Vincent more than makes up for small issues insofar as casting was involved.

As far as special effects go, Fight Night has a lot to boast about, as there's few scenes here that don't looks pretty solid. Melting vampires, multiple transformations, a great wolf-to-man transition, the movie has a lot going for it. Two scenes in particular really impressed me, one being Evil Ed's first attack on Peter Vincent, and then the death of Jonathan Stark's character, what with the rapidly deteriorating body. Even Evil Ed's second attack on Vincent ("His dinner's in the oven!") was great, and somewhat emotional also.

Not everything in Fright Night works, but to be honest, most of what doesn't do it for me are smaller things (such as Ragsdale's acting). I do adore the ending of the film, and absolutely love McDowall's somewhat complicated character, and for these reasons, and others, Fright Night has long been one of my favorite vampire movies, definitely one that any fan of 80's horror should check out if they've not done so already. 8.5/10 (rounded up to 9/10 to fit site's format).
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