Fright Night
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

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
"Basically this movie was made, a lot better, by Roman Polanski back in 1967 as The Fearless Vampire Killers."
‑ , People Magazine
"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
"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
"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
"It shouldn't even begin to work, and yet, strangely, it does, sort of, thanks to the assured handling of writer/director Holland."
‑ Nicholas Royle, Time Out
"[Holland] serves up the oldest horror-yarn cliches with a straight face, keeping the action good-natured and even humorous until the gory climax."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"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
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