Fright Night (1985)
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Critic Reviews for Fright Night
Fright Night dances on a tightwire between satire and terror, glittered by special effects and a with-it nonchalance.
Chris Sarandon is terrific as the vampire, quite affable and debonair until his fingernails start to grow and his eyes get that glow.
It shouldn't even begin to work, and yet, strangely, it does, sort of, thanks to the assured handling of writer/director Holland.
Its tone is never exactly comedic and its horrific touches are more disgusting than scary.
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.
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.
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fright and humor in a really efficient way, making for a very enjoyable time despite - or maybe also because of - its outdated makeup and looks from the 1980s.
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