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Fright Night (1985)



Critic Consensus: Fright Night deftly combines thrills and humor in this ghostly tale about a man living next to a vampire.

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Classic Vampire film about a teenager who learns that his next door neighbor is a vampire, and no one will believe him.

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Chris Sarandon
as Jerry Dandrige
Roddy McDowall
as Peter Vincent
William Ragsdale
as Charley Brewster
Amanda Bearse
as Amy Peterson
Stephen Geoffreys
as Ed Thompson
Jonathan Stark
as Billy Cole
Dorothy Fielding
as Judy Brewster
Art Evans
as Detective Lennox
Nick Savage
as Bouncer #1
Ernie Holmes
as Bouncer #2
Prince A. Hughes
as Bouncer #3
Irina Irvine
as Teenage Girl
Bob Corff
as Jonathan
Robert Corff
as Jonathan
Pamela Brown
as Miss Nina
Chris Hendrie
as Newscaster
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Critic Reviews for Fright Night

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (7)

Fright Night dances on a tightwire between satire and terror, glittered by special effects and a with-it nonchalance.

September 11, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Makes up for a dearth of scares with cheeky self-referentiality.

April 21, 2011 | Rating: B | Full Review…

The teen horror that was way before its time in the comedy parody stakes.

September 26, 2007 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Chris Sarandon is terrific as the vampire, quite affable and debonair until his fingernails start to grow and his eyes get that glow.

September 26, 2007 | Full Review…

It shouldn't even begin to work, and yet, strangely, it does, sort of, thanks to the assured handling of writer/director Holland.

January 26, 2006 | Full Review…

Its tone is never exactly comedic and its horrific touches are more disgusting than scary.

May 20, 2003

Audience Reviews for Fright Night

A brilliant blend of comedy and a special effects horror show. The idea of bringing the Vampire into modern day standards back in the 80s sounded like it would fail miserably, but this film pulled it off, and quite possibly my favorite of all horror movies I've seen. The effects are incredibly well done for the time, and it is quite possibly the most innovative horror movie of its time in the effects department.

Michael Edwards
Michael Edwards

Super Reviewer

I watched this after I saw the remake and went backwards, so I feel I must compare the two at least a little bit. Chris Sarandon plays a very charming Jerry that is quite different from the remake and I like both versions for their perspective films. Charley and his life are barely even touched upon in this version, they did a much better job of fleshing out his personal life and getting you invested in the character in the remake. This version is more of a B-movie creature feature where they spend more time devoted to transformations and trying to gross you out with the special effects (some of the shots last far too long). It is still fairly entertaining, but I like the script and plot of the remake more. I found it to be lacking in both areas.

Josh Lewis
Josh Lewis

Super Reviewer


Funnier and more amusingly disgusting than actually scary, this decent little vampire horror movie combines fright and humor in a really efficient way, making for a very enjoyable time despite - or maybe also because of - its outdated makeup and looks from the 1980s.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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