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.
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.
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.
chris sarandon is, no lie, the shooter mcgavin of vampires. and i adore him for that. less so for the questionable sexual politics of turning a lesbian into baraka from mortal kombat ii, which i suspect would be referred to as "problematic" by people getting degrees in this BS.