|Fright Night (1985)
Dir: Tom Holland
Cast: William Ragsdale, Roddy McDowall, Chris Sarandon, Amanda Bearse, Stephen Geoffreys, Jonathan Stark
Charley Brewster (William Ragsdale) is your typical horror movie buff. He loves the classics and loves the late-night Horror movie show “Fright Night” hosted by self proclaimed, legendary, vampire hunter Peter Vincent (Roddy McDowall.) But what happens when his own life becomes a horror movie? For one night he gets a peek at his new neighbor Jerry (Chris Sarandon) and soon enough discovers, Jerry is a vampire.
Fright Night could of been another typical, gory, horror flick in a decade where those were a dime a dozen (still are I guess.) Luckily this film went for dark humor and is a thrill with such entertaining characters. Charley is a very likable guy and Peter Vincent, which he somehow gets to team up with him is hilariously pathetic. Jerry the Vampire is the perfect amount of suave and sinister and his right hand man Billy (Jonathan Stark) is my favorite, he just jokes around even right before his demise. The lovely Amanda Bearse and shrill Stephen Geofferys round out the cast as Charley’s girlfriend and annoying pal respectively and they’re all part of one crazy romp.
Though the film is not without it’s scares. There’s some great puss spewing moments of monster madness and the effects work is all out gruesome fun. Writer/Director Tom Holland (Also the director of the hit Child’s Play) has great sensibilities when it comes to both comedy or horror, at least in this film. Make sure you see it before the remake starring; Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrel and McLovin is released in Fall 2011, I’m sure it will be a disappointment!