Sunday, September 5, 2010
FRIGHT NIGHT (1985)
Teenager Charley Brewster has a some problems: he's failing Trig, he has an annoying dork for a best friend, his girlfriend is unattractive...and won't even give up the pussy! But worst of all, is a vampire just moved in next door! Yikes! What's a boy to do? At first, he tries the police, but they don't believe him, so then contacts a local TV horror host, Peter Vincent (played perfectly by the great Roddy McDowall). Naturally, Vincent doesn't believe Charley, but he just keeps pestering him. Vincent skeptically goes to investigate only to realize...there really is a vampire!!!
If you love fun 80's horror then you must watch FRIGHT NIGHT. It's all here: the fashions, the music, the innocence, Roddy McDowall facial expressions, the goofy dialogue, no cell phones and Chris Sarandon as one of the best vampires ever. My only complaint is they should have found a better looking actress to play the girlfriend. Highly recommended. One of the best vampire movies of all time.
Also pay attention: in every shot of the Dandrige house early on in the movie the camera is looking straight at it, but then after Vincent's encounter with Evil Ed every shot of the house is from a very low angle. I have no idea if that was on purpose or not, but I thought it was neat.
Part 2 - Fright Night Part 2 (1988)
Remake - Fright Night (2011)
Sequel to remake - Fight Night 2 (2013)