Fright Night (1985) Movie Review

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Fright Night (1985)

1985 | R | Horror, Thriller, Comedy
106 minutes / 1h 46min

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Fright Night Plot Synopsis:

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...

Fright Night (1985) Review

Fright Night (1985) is a 1h 46-min American fantasy thriller horror film that was shot in Laird International Studio - 9336 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, California, USA and UCLA, Westwood, Los Angeles, California, USA. Director and writer Tom Holland (Fright Night (2011), Child’s Play (1988), Thinner (1996)) excelled in almost every way in executing this simple movie that became a cult classic. Tom wrote a simple screenplay with a simple plot/simple premise and did not over complicate things.

Fright Night follows Charley Brewster (William Ragsdale - Herman’s Head (1991-1994), The Reaping (2007), Fright Night Part 2 (1988)) who is a teenager that discovers his new neighbor Jerry is a vampire. Charley is the typical average teenager who is trying to get to third base with his girlfriend Amy (Amanda Bearse - Married with Children (1987-1997), All My Children (1982-1983), The Doom Generation (1995)) and is a huge fan of the horror movie television show which Peter Vincent hosts. Charley was looking out of his window with binoculars when he saw Jerry in vampire form and tried to get his mother, friends, and even the police to help him but no one believes him.

Jerry became furious when Seventeen-year-old Charley had the cops visit Jerry’s home, so he threatened Charley, but that did not work. Jerry gave Charley two choices, but Charley decides that this is a battle he wants to fight. Charley had no option but ask TV show host, Peter Vincent to help him stop Jerry (Chris Sarandon - The Princess Bride (1987), The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), Child’s Play (1988)) from his killing spree after his friends do not believe him. Will Charley and Peter (Roddy McDowall - Planet of the Apes (1968), Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973), Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971), Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972)) stop powerful Jerry from killing anyone else?

Fright Night was a fabulous treat with astonishing special effects, great characters, witty/fun dialogue and a simple dialogue that was easy to follow. All of the actors gave us great performances, but Amanda Bearse who plays Amy and Stephen Geoffreys who plays Evil Ed were the best actors on set who did a fantastic job with their performance. All horror fans should see this movie a few times before their time on Earth expires and if you have not seen this film then do so at your earliest convenience.

  • Fright Night Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 8
  • Overall Score: 8.07
  • IMDB: 7.1
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 9.1

About Fright Night 1985

Title: Fright Night
Year: 1985
Runtime: 106 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Comedy
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 4.03/5 stars from 51,413 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 51,413
MPAA Rating: R
Fright Night Cast Starring: Christopher Lee, Chris Sarandon, Roddy McDowall, Chris Hendrie, Art Evans, Nick Savage, Stephen Geoffreys, William Ragsdale, Joy Michelle Moore, Dorothy Fielding, Prince Hughes, Lene Hefner, Amanda Bearse, Tina Benez, Richard Patrick, Jonathan Stark, Stewart Stern, Ernie Holmes, Heidi Sorenson, Irina Irvine, Bob Corff, Pamela Brown
Fright Night Writers: NA
Fright Night Director: Tom Holland
Production: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Language: English
Country: USA