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Fright Night (1985)


Average Rating: 7.3/10
Reviews Counted: 33
Fresh: 30
Rotten: 3

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

Average Rating: 7.5/10
Reviews Counted: 5
Fresh: 4
Rotten: 1

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


Average Rating: 3.4/5
User Ratings: 48,627



Movie Info

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

R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Directed By:
In Theaters:
Jan 19, 1999
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


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Critic Reviews for Fright Night

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (30) | Rotten (3) | DVD (9)

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

Full Review… | September 11, 2013
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | September 26, 2007
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Fright Night is not a distinguished movie, but it has a lot of fun being undistinguished.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

[Holland] serves up the oldest horror-yarn cliches with a straight face, keeping the action good-natured and even humorous until the gory climax.

Full Review… | October 14, 2014
Christian Science Monitor

Basically this movie was made, a lot better, by Roman Polanski back in 1967 as The Fearless Vampire Killers.

Full Review… | October 14, 2014
People Magazine

Not just an eighties horror classic, but a horror masterpiece...

Full Review… | October 23, 2013
Cinema Crazed

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

Full Review… | October 7, 2013
Radio Times

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

Full Review… | August 21, 2011
Parallax View

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

Full Review… | April 21, 2011
Lessons of Darkness

Underrated horror film is modern classic.

February 17, 2008

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

Full Review… | September 26, 2007

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

Full Review… | September 26, 2007
Empire Magazine

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

Full Review… | September 26, 2007
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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

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


Full Review… | January 8, 2004

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)

Audience Reviews for Fright Night



Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer


26/01/2013 (Quickflix, PS3)

EightThirty .

Super Reviewer


A true horror classic, the day after I watched it for the first time, I wanted to watch it again.

Chris Miele

Super Reviewer

three stars

MisterYoda ?

Super Reviewer

Fright Night Quotes

Peter Vincent:
Mrs. Brewster. My God, the phone lines have been cut. [Evil Ed arises from under the bed sheets with a wig on]
Evil Ed:
I know. [giggling] I DID IT!
Peter Vincent:
Where is Charley's mother?
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)
Evil Ed:
Oh, you're so COOL, Brewster!
– Submitted by Lucas M (2 years ago)
Peter Vincent:
Welcome to this fright night...
– Submitted by Jean G C (2 years ago)
Amy Peterson:
(after seeing Charley get startled by his window) Is something wrong?
Charley Brewster:
Evil Ed:
(after his eyes shine red outside Charley's window) Oh, you're so cool, Brewster!
– Submitted by Creep F (3 years ago)
Peter Vincent:
(on his TV show) This is Peter Vincent back once more with 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)
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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