Fright Night

1985

Fright Night

Critics Consensus

Fright Night deftly combines thrills and humor in this ghostly tale about a man living next to a vampire.

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Movie Info

Classic Vampire film about a teenager who learns that his next door neighbor is a vampire, and no one will believe him.

Cast

Chris Sarandon
as Jerry Dandrige
Roddy McDowall
as Peter Vincent
William Ragsdale
as Charley Brewster
Amanda Bearse
as Amy Peterson
Stephen Geoffreys
as Ed Thompson
Jonathan Stark
as Billy Cole
Dorothy Fielding
as Judy Brewster
Art Evans
as Detective Lennox
Nick Savage
as Bouncer #1
Ernie Holmes
as Bouncer #2
Prince A. Hughes
as Bouncer #3
Irina Irvine
as Teenage Girl
Bob Corff
as Jonathan
Robert Corff
as Jonathan
Pamela Brown
as Miss Nina
Chris Hendrie
as Newscaster
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Critic Reviews for Fright Night

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (32) | Rotten (3)

Audience Reviews for Fright Night

  • Apr 22, 2019
    Iconic horror film and one of the better films for the genre during this era. Fright Night is a great horror because it takes a well worn formula and adds a twisted storyline. Think Rear Window meets Dracula. This is a cult classic for good reason and I only wish I could see this again on the big screen. The film has a strong central casting and each character has something to chew on, not like the normal horror films. The characters are important and the film has high stakes, pun intended. One of my favourite films of the vampire genre and a must see. 11/04/2019
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Oct 14, 2015
    I watched this after I saw the remake and went backwards, so I feel I must compare the two at least a little bit. Chris Sarandon plays a very charming Jerry that is quite different from the remake and I like both versions for their perspective films. Charley and his life are barely even touched upon in this version, they did a much better job of fleshing out his personal life and getting you invested in the character in the remake. This version is more of a B-movie creature feature where they spend more time devoted to transformations and trying to gross you out with the special effects (some of the shots last far too long). It is still fairly entertaining, but I like the script and plot of the remake more. I found it to be lacking in both areas.
    Josh L Super Reviewer
  • Apr 13, 2014
    Unsurprisingly, even though I gave this film the same rating as the remake, I prefer this movie over that one. There's one reason for that and that's the practical special effects. 80s horror films are better than current horror films because of the fact that the gore is far more grotesque because of the practicals special effects. In horror films nowadays, if you wanna make something look absolutely monstrous, you just use CG in place of practical special effects. And that's just a shame. I'm not saying that CGi is bad, or that it should be done away with, I just think that in a lot of cases in horror films, the practical special effects work better than the computer generated ones. As evidenced by this film, the climax has some pretty incredible gore and it's all practical and, again, gives it that grotesque look that 80s horror movies had and just that already makes it better than the remake. And I had a lot of fun with the remake. Still, this film mixes horror and comedy into a neat little package with solid performances all around. Roddy McDowall is pretty damn great in this film. And Chris Sarandon, while not the most attractive man in the world, exudes the sexuality that's necessary for this type of role. But he can also be terrifying at the same time, so there's that contrast between the sexual nature of his vampirism and the monstrous side of it as well. I don't think I have much to say really, what else can be said? It's a damn good horror film with some fabulous gore and great performances.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
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