Fright Night
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A teenage horror film addict is shocked to discover that his new next-door neighbor is a vampire in this delightful mix of horror and comedy. The problems only grow for young Charley Brewster (William Ragsdale) when he expresses his thoughts about fanged new neighbor Jerry Dandridge (Chris Sarandon). His girlfriend, Amy (Amanda Bearse), thinks Charley is avoiding their relationship issues, his single mom thinks Dandridge (Chris Sarandon) could be a potential boyfriend, and his buddy "Evil" (Stephen Geoffreys) just thinks Charley's losing it. Worst of all, Dandridge and his nasty… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Fright Night dances on a tightwire between satire and terror, glittered by special effects and a with-it nonchalance."
‑ Sid Smith, Chicago Tribune
"Its tone is never exactly comedic and its horrific touches are more disgusting than scary."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Neatly parodying Hitchcock and John Hughes movies, writer/director Tom Holland litters his rattling story with as many laughs as jolts."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"Underrated horror film is modern classic."
‑ Steve Crum,
"A minor classic of the genre, this is a memorable addition to the vampire tradition in the horror film."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Chris Sarandon is terrific as the vampire, quite affable and debonair until his fingernails start to grow and his eyes get that glow."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Fright Night is not a distinguished movie, but it has a lot of fun being undistinguished."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Fright Night is a tidy little contemporary variation on the vampire horror movie."
‑ Richard T. Jameson, Parallax View
"It is McDowall who makes this film better than it should be with his performance as the ham actor."
‑ , Film4
"This horror classic brings together great talent for an entertaining, and spooky vampire tale; helped inspire "Disturbia.""
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Film Threat
"It shouldn't even begin to work, and yet, strangely, it does, sort of, thanks to the assured handling of writer/director Holland."
‑ , Time Out
"Not just an eighties horror classic, but a horror masterpiece..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Makes up for a dearth of scares with cheeky self-referentiality."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"The teen horror that was way before its time in the comedy parody stakes."
‑ Ian Nathan, Empire Magazine
"Tom Holland's directorial debut is a wildly entertaining concoction that perfectly blends horror and comedy. Roddy McDowall steals the show as TV horror host Peter Vincent."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily
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