Fright Night

Year: 1985
Rated: R
Run Time: 106 minutes
Production House: Columbia Pictures / Vistar Films
Director: Tom Holland (Child's Play,Class of 1984, Thinner, The Beast Within)
Starring: Chris Sarandon, William Ragsdale, Amanda Bearse
T & A: (unconfirmed) Most Likely
Wondertwins: Suck my dick

"There Are Good Reasons To Be Afraid Of The Dark."

Young Charlie Brewster just had some new neighbors move in next door. Strange neighbors. When mysterious disappearances start up in the old neighborhood, Charlie suspects the worst: that his neighbors are vampires. But why won't anybody believe him? Everyone brushes him off as a nutcase or a retard except for his long-time hero Peter Vincent: the washed up "vampire hunter" who hosts Charlie's favorite Late, Late, Late Show. Swayed by the prospect of making some quick cash off an idiot paranoid teen, Vincent embarks on a vampire hunt with Charlie that turns out to be a little more realistic than he had planned! Carnage, Bloodsucking, and Vampire Ass Busting ensues!!!

Now just slow down before you crucify me for dumping on the venerable old horror standby. Take a deep breath. Cut a fart. There...feel better? The last time I saw FRIGHT NIGHT was the same night I saw the theatrical debut of the Fat Boys' movie DISORDERLIES. In my 10 year old mind, both movies rocked crazy ass. The Fat Boys' rocked for their beat box antics and 64" waistband cheeseburger asses...and FRIGHT NIGHT rocked for its masterful combination of vampires and (surprise) titty. However, recently I had the opportunity to watch FRIGHT NIGHT again (I'm not even going to dare attempt DISORDERLIES) and man... was I depressed. It pretty much blew. Granted, the film does do a lot to combine humor and horror, and always takes itself very lightly. There's a lot of self-deprecating humor in here- and for a lot of fans that'll be a trip. However, that very fact didn't sit well with me the second time around. Everything (with the sole exception of the vampire melting at the top of the staircase!!!) seemed really weak and just too cheesy for its own good: like an episode of BUFFY: THE VAMPIRE SLAYER. There are a lot of good things about FRIGHT NIGHT... and there are reasons that you've heard of the title before. By all means go check it out if you're willing to put lame-ass humor before horror. However, for those with a more discerning cinematic palatte: GO RENT THE FAT BOYS' MOVIE.


Our Rating System

Mr. Paul: "I'll admit, there are good reason's to be afraid of the dark... just not in this movie."

Z-man: "Just like VOLTRON: DEFENDER OF THE UNIVERSE, some things that once kicked ass when you were little look pretty lame by today's standards. Unfortunately, FRIGHT NIGHT is one of those things. FORM BLAZING SWORD!"

El Santo: " Great if you like a lot of humor in your horror... if not, STAY AWAY!"