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 (bonus points for anybody who saw that was a play on the old Woody Allen joke from ANNIE HALL). 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, played perfectly by the great Roddy McDowall. Naturally Roddy doesn't believe Charley, but he just keeps pestering him.  He skeptically goes to investigate only to realize that 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.

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, almost John Alton -ish angle. 

Part 2
Remake

Normal shot of house.

John Alton inspired shot?


Badass biker dude from FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 3.

Holy fuck! I have the exact same leather trench coat! Well, maybe not exactly, mine's neon orange.