Thursday, October 9, 2008

Fright Night (1985, Tom Holland)

Another one of those supposed "lost classics" that I am watching for the first time. I'd recently stumbled upon Roddy McDowall in a bunch of random films (Class of 1984, Planet of the Apes and Legend of Hell House) and really liked him. This one I actually bought about 3 years ago on VHS at a flea market for $2.00 and am finally getting around to watching it. The video box is kind of weird. It looks like a normal video box but it is completely closed all the way around. The side of the box actually opens up and the tape comes out that way, as opposed to the bottom, like most VHS tapes. What's that? Oh you're still trying to get over the fact that VHS tapes still exist. Understandable.

Fright Night is the story of Charley (William Ragsdale), a teenage boy who has a mysterious neighbor Gerry (Chris Sarandon) move in next door. One night, Charley witnesses his new neighbor turn into a vampire and kill a woman. After Jerry reveals himself and tries to attack Charley, he runs away to tell his friends. None of Charley's friends believe him so he turns to ex-TV Horror host/Vampire Hunter (Roddy McDowall) to help destroy Gerry.

Fright Night is a fun little movie. Pretty dated but the makeup/vampire effects are pretty good, especially the transformations. Acting all around is good (especially McDowall) and the story has a nice mix of comedy and gore. Nothing out of this world, but decent.


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