Director: Tom Holland
Genre: Horror/ Thriller/ Comedy
Runtime: 106 minutes
Starring: Chris Sarandon, William Ragsdale, Amanda Bearse, Roddy McDowall, Stephen Geoffreys, Jonathan Stark, Dorothy Fielding, Art Evans, Stewart Stern, Nick Savage, Ernie Holmes, Heide Sorenson, Irina Irvine, Bob Corff, Pamela Brown
Description: When teenager Charley (William Ragsdale) learns that his next door neighbour Jerry (Chris Sarandon) is a vampire, no one will believe him.
Review: In the eighties horror villains like Michael Myers, Jason Voorhees and Freddy Krueger ruled the screen with their slasher movie series “Halloween” “Friday the 13th”and “Nightmare on Elm Street”. Like character Peter Vincent says in this movie: ‘Nobody wants to see vampire killers anymore, or vampires. All they want are demented madman, running around hacking up young virgins. Thank goodness for “Fright Night”, a nostalgic vampire movie for every horror fan.
Charley’s new next door neighbor, the very charming Jerry Dandridge, has strange nightly habits. Charley is a fan of the horror show ‘Fright Night’ and soon knows Jerry is a vampire. Off course no one believes him, so he calls in the help of Peter Vincent, the presenter of ‘Fright Night’ and a former actor.
“Fright Night” never really terrifies, it’s more a mocking of the vampire genre without ridiculing it. It’s a good mix of horror and comedy, which works very well. And there is enough tension.
Chris Sarandon, who also had a cameo in the remake of “Fright Night”, is the right guy to play the vampire and has that charm to enchant his victims. Williams Ragsdale convinces as Charley and the cat and mouse game between Charley and Jerry is just a joy to watch. I also liked Roddy McDowell, who plays Peter Vincent, who uses horror clichés to win over his fear for vampires.
“Fright Night” is good horror comedy, that really entertains. The love for the vampire genre is clearly present and it’s a recommendation for every fan of the genre.
Rating: 3,5/ 5