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Fright Night (1985)

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94

Average Rating: 7.3/10
Reviews Counted: 32
Fresh: 30 | Rotten: 2

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

80

Average Rating: 6.8/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 1

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

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Average Rating: 3.4/5
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Movie Info

A teenage horror film addict is shocked to discover that his new next-door neighbor is a vampire in this delightful mix of horror and comedy. The problems only grow for young Charley Brewster (William Ragsdale) when he expresses his thoughts about fanged new neighbor Jerry Dandridge (Chris Sarandon). His girlfriend, Amy (Amanda Bearse), thinks Charley is avoiding their relationship issues, his single mom thinks Dandridge (Chris Sarandon) could be a potential boyfriend, and his buddy "Evil"

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Horror

Jan 19, 1999

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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All Critics (32) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (30) | Rotten (2) | DVD (9)

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

September 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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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 Source: Variety | Comment (1)
Variety
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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 Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Its tone is never exactly comedic and its horrific touches are more disgusting than scary.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times | Comments (5)
New York Times
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Fright Night is not a distinguished movie, but it has a lot of fun being undistinguished.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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Not just an eighties horror classic, but a horror masterpiece...

October 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Neatly parodying Hitchcock and John Hughes movies, writer/director Tom Holland litters his rattling story with as many laughs as jolts.

October 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Fright Night is a tidy little contemporary variation on the vampire horror movie.

August 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Parallax View
Parallax View

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

April 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

Underrated horror film is modern classic.

February 17, 2008 | Comments (2)
Video-Reviewmaster.com

It is McDowall who makes this film better than it should be with his performance as the ham actor.

September 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

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

September 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

A minor classic of the genre, this is a memorable addition to the vampire tradition in the horror film.

September 26, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

This horror classic brings together great talent for an entertaining, and spooky vampire tale; helped inspire "Disturbia."

July 13, 2007 | Comments (2)
Film Threat

Tom Holland's directorial debut is a wildly entertaining concoction that perfectly blends horror and comedy. Roddy McDowall steals the show as TV horror host Peter Vincent.

January 26, 2006
Fantastica Daily

You'll scream, You'll laugh.....You'll want to press rewind

May 12, 2005
Moviehole

Decent little horror film with an unusual twist or two.

November 1, 2004
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Four words: You're so COOL, Brewster...!

March 7, 2004
MovieCrypt.com

Scar-eeee!

January 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

A run-of-the mill vampire film buoyed by Sarandon's tragic villain and McDowall's wonderful would-be Van Helsing

July 6, 2003
Flipside Movie Emporium

For my money, Chris Sarandon makes the best vampire in movie history.

May 30, 2003
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

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26/01/2013 (Quickflix, PS3)
January 26, 2013
EightThirty

Super Reviewer

A true horror classic, the day after I watched it for the first time, I wanted to watch it again.
July 2, 2012
Dr114
Chris Miele

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three stars
May 21, 2012
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    1. Peter Vincent: Mrs. Brewster. My God, the phone lines have been cut. [Evil Ed arises from under the bed sheets with a wig on]
    2. Evil Ed: I know. [giggling] I DID IT!
    3. Peter Vincent: Where is Charley's mother?
    4. Evil Ed: [removes the wig] Oh, well, she's working nights. BUT!... she left a note. [He chuckles like a speed freak as he removes the note from his pocket. He reads it] Mmmmmm mmm! His dinner... is in the oven!
    – Submitted by Nick S (2 years ago)
    1. Evil Ed: Oh, you're so COOL, Brewster!
    – Submitted by Lucas M (2 years ago)
    1. Peter Vincent: Welcome to this fright night...
    – Submitted by Jean G C (2 years ago)
    1. Amy Peterson: (after seeing Charley get startled by his window) Is something wrong?
    2. Charley Brewster: Nothing.
    3. Evil Ed: (after his eyes shine red outside Charley's window) Oh, you're so cool, Brewster!
    – Submitted by Creep F (3 years ago)
    1. Peter Vincent: (on his TV show) This is Peter Vincent back once more with you...as host of Fright Night. I thought I'd let the vampires rest for a little while. Right, Charley?
    – Submitted by Creep F (3 years ago)
    1. Amy Peterson: (trying to trick Charley) What's wrong? Don't you want me anymore? (Charley pulls out a crucifix and she hides her face; crying) It's not my fault, Charley. You promised you wouldn't let him get me! You promised!
    – Submitted by Creep F (3 years ago)
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