Fright Night (1985)


This a Covid-19 2020 minireview!

“Welcome to… Fright… Night! For real.” – Jerry Dandridge

Number of Times Seen – at least twice (Cable in the 80’s and 11 Oct 2020)

Brief Synopsis – After suspecting that his new neighbor is a vampire, a teenager turns to  the host of a local horror TV show for help.

Bottom Line – Really fun horror film that works on so many levels. The story plays out really well and is great to watch as a cinephile because it shows how movies and the real works can sometimes intersect. The cast is great with William Ragsdale and Amanda Bearse as the teens and Roddy McDowell as the “expert” who isn’t always so sure of himself or his knowledge. Chris Sarandon does a wonderfully scary job as the suspected vampire.  Love the way that this movie relies so heavily on the facts that we all seem to know about vampires from movies and tries to show that it all is just half truths.  The story is quite powerful and fun to watch because it stays so engaging throughout.  So glad that it was suggested that I take a fresh look at this film that I hadn’t seen in years. Tnx Tank! Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – At the time this was being filmed, the studio was sinking all its efforts into making a hit out of Perfect (1985), and they also gave high priority to The Slugger’s Wife (1985). “Nobody paid any attention to Fright Night,” commented writer/director Tom Holland. “It was wonderful!” (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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