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.
A cult classic horror movie about cult classic horror movies. The plot is exactly what it needs to be, and nothing more, and it's backed up by great performances from everyone. I don't know if Stephen Geoffrey's performance as Evil Ed is awkward or by far the most brilliant in this movie. The special effects do more than hold up and the pacing makes each moment memorable.
I didn't care for the actor of the antagonist, I wouldn't have been scared of him. People always think of things in terms of influence and strength; the truth of the matter is that there are some harmful people out there whom are terrifying, others not so because they could not fool me intellectually; and if you cannot do that then you can't manipulate, if you can't do that then there would be no 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.
Even with for a more modern audience who is very familiar with, and probably sick to death of, vampires, Fright Night manages to be both funny and creepy, playing the right strings to keep you interested through the first two acts of the movie. The third act explodes with action, leading you through a suspenseful climax, if you're willing to ignore the, ahem, effects.