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821 Ratings

Fright Night

Directed by Tom Holland
United States, 1985
Comedy, Horror, Thriller


For young Charlie Brewster, nothing could be better than an old horror movie late at night. Two men move in next door and for Charlie, with his horror movie experience, there can be no doubt that their strange behavior is explained by the fact that they are a vampire and his undead day guardian.

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Fright Night Directed by Tom Holland

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  • Daniel S.'s rating of the film Fright Night

    Thank you Murnau, Tod Browning and Terence Fisher. Thanks to you all, Tom Holland got the chance to make a cult movie by parodying some of your best scenes. And I loved it. Shame on me! Reserved to teenagers and nostalgic ones.

  • Nicholas Gregory's rating of the film Fright Night

    More like An American Werewolf in London than Scream or Cabin in the Woods in its metaness, as Fright Night actually reinvents its genre, using a serious and respectable tone to its influences, and is a product of it, instead of a conceited comedy. The acting has flavor despite simple-minded characterizations-- even Geoffreys is oddly likeable-- and the script is well paced in its finding the soul of each scene.

  • Z's rating of the film Fright Night

    One of the first truly postmodern horror films. Beat "Scream" to the punch by about ten years. Both honors and comments on it's genre with joyful aplomb. The cast is magnificent! Chris Sarandon is the ultimate master vampire. Stephen Geoffreys is terrifying and tragic. Roddy McDowell has never been better. A delicious lover letter to fans of Hammer horror and vampire films in general. Fiendishly entertaining and fun.

  • Palmat's rating of the film Fright Night

    Really fun movie that moves briskly and spinkles both laughs and creepiness throughout the whole running time. The casting and acting is really very good and the cardboard characters comes alive despite the genre trappings. Fiedel's score is also wonderful with its 80's synthastic sounds. The scriptwriting and direction is quite accomplished. A perfect 80's movie and perfect for Halloween.

  • Mugino's rating of the film Fright Night

    This was one of the very first instances I came across that blended horror with comedy. It was such a novelty at the time to be laughing and jumping out of my seat at the same time. It hasn't aged well, but I still appreciate it for what it once was.

  • Christopher R. Smith's rating of the film Fright Night

    I know its a beloved cult classic for many, but I found it to be pretty awful. It does get better toward the end, and there are some cool creature effects, but for the most part its an excruciating slog through a half-baked plot with some horribly annoying cartoon characters (Stephen Geoffreys is especially unbearable). Possibly worth watching for the strong gory ending if you can actually sit through the rest of it.

  • Groovy Monster's rating of the film Fright Night

    For me, Roddy McDowall makes this movie. He's just so great anyway, but I love that he plays a TV horror host/vampire killer here! Awesome. Chris Sarandon's quite good as well, with an intersting and fun take on playing a modern-age vampire. I give it four blood-soaked fangs! v--v

  • Jason's rating of the film Fright Night

    Stephen Geoffreys, who in Tom Holland's 1985 vampire movie / comedy of suburban repression & teen sexual confusion FRIGHT NIGHT playfully suggests the vampire living next door to his pal, the film's protagonist, will "be able to suck his way through the entire town," went on to spend the near entirety of the 1990s appearing in gay hardcore, generally utilizing the imperious, verb-like sobriquet Sam Ritter. Amazing.

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