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Fright Night [VHS] (1985)

Chris Sarandon , William Ragsdale , Tom Holland  |  R |  VHS Tape
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (294 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Chris Sarandon, William Ragsdale, Amanda Bearse, Roddy McDowall, Stephen Geoffreys
  • Directors: Tom Holland
  • Writers: Tom Holland
  • Producers: Herb Jaffe, Jerry A. Baerwitz
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, HiFi Sound, NTSC
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home E
  • VHS Release Date: August 24, 1999
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (294 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6302517036
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #259,055 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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When a teenager learns that his next door neighbor is a vampire, no one will believe him.

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75 of 80 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Welcome to Fright Night, for real." May 11, 2005
It's safe to say that Charley Brewster has a short attention span. In fact, that's probably an understatement. But, when Charley oversees his new neighbor committing murder through his bedroom window, he finally gets some focus in his life. Much to the dismay of his family and friends, however, his new focus is on vampires. After a violent confrontation with Jerry, the creature next door, Charley is desperate to destroy the monster, and he attempts to enlist the aid of local "Fright Night" horror host Peter Vincent, the fearless vampire killer, to do it. Unbelieving Peter is reluctant, but Charley's girlfriend Amy and creepy-geek friend, Evil Ed, convince him with a bit of financial persuading. Their intention is to prove to Charley that Jerry Dandrige is not a vampire at all, but they are in for the scare of their lives, and it's anybody's guess who will survive the real "Fright Night!"

"Fright Night" is an 80s vampire flick for the classic horror fanatic! Paying homage to such staples as Dark Shadows and the Hammer Dracula franchise, this surprising little horror film supplies vampire lore and cliches aplenty, put together so skillfully that the result is this horror fan's favorite vampire indulgence. Of course, this favoritism is in no small part due to spectacular effects and performances! The cast seems tailor made for their roles as they play them, even if some choices seem a bit odd superficially. Hard to imagine this vampire pining away over the centuries for Married With Children's Marcy D'Arcy, but Amanda Bearse plays the role of the teenage object of Chris Sarandon's desires to perfection. Chris, himself, is powerfully convincing and menacing as the hip, 80's vampire. Extremely well adjusted to the times, too.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A True Horror Classic October 18, 2006
"Fright Night" stands the test of time as an entertaining and often surprisingly disturbing scare-fest from the mid 80s. A teenaged boy discovers to his horror that a vampire master has moved in next door, with his creepy half-human sidekick. Can the teen convince his friends the threat is real, and recruit famed movie "vampire killer" Peter Vincent to help dispatch the demonic creature? You'll have fun finding out. Highly recommended for Halloween party viewing - I watch it each year with a group of friends, and we have a blast every time. Well worth the modest purchase price. Five stars!
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40 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A surprisingly impressive, entertaining vampire flick October 19, 2004
At first glance, Fright Night looks like another cheesy vampire film: a young man figures out that a vampire has moved next door, no one believes him, the vampire comes after him, his only hope is an old horror actor, etc. It's pretty predictable, right down to the whole thing about the boy's girlfriend bearing a striking resemblance to one of the vampire's old flames. So yes, in its own way, Fright Night is cheesy. At the same time, though, it is oh so much more than you would expect - an entertaining, somewhat creepy vampire film that features some great acting and some really impressive special effects. You expect to see really bad, noticeably cheap special effects in a film like this, but Fright Night hits a home run in this department.

William Ragsdale plays Charley Brewster, a typical horror-loving kid who just so happens to find out that his new neighbor is a vampire - naturally, no one believes him, including his friend Evil Ed (Stephen Geoffreys in a truly annoying performance) and his girlfriend Amy (Amanda Bearse, who went on to play Marcie on Married With Children). For some reason, Charley decides to be open about his suspicions, thus letting the vampire know that he knows his little secret - not a smart move, as Charley soon learns courtesy of a little visit from the new guy in town. This vampire, I must say, looks nothing like your typical Count Dracula; he actually looks like a reject from Dance Fever, making it a little hard for me to take him seriously (although the threat of "Deney Terrio" busting out some disco moves in the film's one night club scene certainly had me feeling uneasy). In desperation, Charley goes to the only man he thinks can help him - Peter Vincent, Vampire Killer (Roddy McDowall).
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME 80's HORROR FILM December 9, 2006
I don't write very many reviews but I feel I have to write one for this movie as it holds a very special place in my heart. I saw this when it first came out and went back to see it 2 more times!!! Since then I cannot count how many times I have watched this wondeful movie! If you like horror movies and not just blatant gore than this is for you! Every actor is fabulous. The special effects are STELLAR and it is just a damned great story too! This takes me back to very special time in my life when I was the same age as Charlie, the lead character. I adore this film and HIGHLY RECOMMEND it! Not much has topped the absolutely horrifying andgruesome makeup on Amanda Bearse towards the end of the movie and I doubt anything ever will.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Vampire Moive Of All Time! May 8, 2001
This gem of horror from 1985, featured Roddy McDowall as the great vampire killer, who is quite shaky, though ends the film with much bravery, William Ragsdale as a sex-crazed teenager and Chris Sarandon as a new neighbor with a little bite. Also showing up on the scene are Amanda Bearse as the present-day Mina and Stephen Geoffreys as Evil Ed, who is an absolute riot in the film. This vampire classic is not only for me, the best vampire film, but perhaps the best horror film. This movie is one of the great definitions of entertainment. There's some great special effects in the film including a very freaky Evil Ed-wolf and a menacing Jerry Dandridge-bat. Tom Holland, a master of horror who's also directed Child's Play, and written such creepy-pleasers as The Beast Within and Psycho II has given this film a great foggy atmosphere and vibe-full colors, and a great 2:35.1 widescreen aspect ratio that is an incredible delight. This film also stars Jonathan Stark from House II.
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5.0 out of 5 stars " But know one in the world will believe Charlie except The Great...
Charlies says..."Hate my creepy neighbor", Charlie says..."Where's my holy cross?". Charlie says..."He's killing people nightly! Read more
Published 1 day ago by Kimberly R McCarty
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love this movie, great special effects
Published 17 days ago by L. Potter
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A classic
Published 19 days ago by Dawann W.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great vampire movie for it's time. I always go back to this one.
Published 1 month ago by Eva Knierim
5.0 out of 5 stars Much of the film's success is due to Chris Sarandon who plays the...
The film's scheme follows young Charley Brewster who accidentally discovers that his next-door neighbour, Jerry Dandrige, is a vampire. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sussman
5.0 out of 5 stars Limited Run Stupid and Idiotic!
The most stupid idiotic thing I have ever heard of in my life. By doing limited addition runs will only make the black market that much stronger. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Todd A Blosser
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
This movie does not let up on action and keeps it going all the way to the end. The movie had me in suspense because I honestly couldn't tell what would happen. Read more
Published 3 months ago by buck
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie
The original and best. Saw this in the theaters when it came out and am still really amazed at the makeup and the transformation scenes. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sunny California
5.0 out of 5 stars Good scary movie
saw this on TV when it first came out, had it on VHS, but had to get it on DVD
Published 5 months ago by J. Macias
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic 80's movie
This has to be one of the best thriller / horror movies from the 80's! I enjoy it every time I watch
Published 5 months ago by Brad Meyer
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Fright Night Blu-ray
Would love to plunk some money down for a good Fright Night blu-ray. Hell give us Fright Night 2 on blu-ray while you're at it.
Apr 19, 2011 by Angrytownsman |  See all 20 posts
Fright Night soundtrack
I'm looking for the song that was played in the scene where Jerry bites Amy....remember? What's the name of that song? Please help! I love that song and have been trying to find it for years. Thanks.
Dec 6, 2006 by Aachaia C. |  See all 17 posts
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