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Fright Night deftly combines thrills and humor in this ghostly tale about a man living next to a vampire.
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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.
Fright Night is not a distinguished movie, but it has a lot of fun being undistinguished.
A playful, loving homage to the golden age of horror, yet completely its own beastly fun ride of frights and thrills.
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.
[Holland] serves up the oldest horror-yarn cliches with a straight face, keeping the action good-natured and even humorous until the gory climax.
Basically this movie was made, a lot better, by Roman Polanski back in 1967 as The Fearless Vampire Killers.
Not just an eighties horror classic, but a horror masterpiece...
Neatly parodying Hitchcock and John Hughes movies, writer/director Tom Holland litters his rattling story with as many laughs as jolts.
Fright Night is a tidy little contemporary variation on the vampire horror movie.
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.
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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