Fright Night (1985) - Rotten Tomatoes

Fright Night (1985)



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

Movie Info

Classic Vampire film about a teenager who learns that his next door neighbor is a vampire, and no one will believe him.more
Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Genre: Horror
Directed By: ,
Written By: Tom Holland (X)
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 19, 1999
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


Chris Sarandon
as Jerry Dandridge
Roddy McDowall
as Peter Vincent
William Ragsdale
as Charley Brewster
Amanda Bearse
as Amy Peterson
Jonathan Stark
as Billy Cole
Dorothy Fielding
as Judy Brewster
Art Evans
as Detective Lennox
Nick Savage
as Bouncer
Ernie Holmes
as Bouncer
Irina Irvine
as Teenage Girl
Robert Corff
as Jonathan
Pamela Brown
as Miss Nina
Chris Hendrie
as Newscaster
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Critic Reviews for Fright Night

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (5)

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

The picture firmly belongs to Roddy McDowall, an absolute delight as a TV horror-show host who's unwillingly dragged into the whole frightful affair.

Full Review… | February 20, 2015
Creative Loafing

[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

Audience Reviews for Fright Night

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

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 Magalh„es

Super Reviewer



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