Fright Night (1985) (DVD Review)
Directed By: Tom Holland
Starring: Chris Sarandon, William Ragsdale, Amanda Bearse
Rated: R/Region: 1/2X35/Number of disc: 1
Available from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Meet Jerry Dandridge. He’s sweet, sexy, and he likes to sleep in late. You might think he’s the perfect neighbor. But before inviting Jerry in for a nightcap, there’s just one thing you should know. Jerry prefers his drinks warm, red and straight from the jugular! It’s Fright Night, a horrific howl starring Chris Sarandon as the seductive vampire and William Ragsdale as the frantic teenager struggling to keep Jerry’s deadly fangs out of his neck. Only 17-year-old Charley Brewster (Ragsdale) knows Jerry’s bloodcurdling secret. When Charley can’t get anybody to believe him, he turns to TV horror host Peter Vincent (Roddy McDowall), who used to be the “Great Vampire Killer” of the movies. Can these mortals save Charley and his sweetheart Amy (Amanda Bearse) from the wrathful bloodsucker’s toothy embrace? If you love being scared, Fright Night…will give you the nightmare of your life.
If you want a 80s horror film that just screams fun and an all-around good time, Fright Night, is your movie. Yes, Charlie is a little high strung in a good way. Yes, Evil Ed is a little too high strung in a bad way, but the movie never once bored you from the moment it starts until its very cool and dramatic ending. This is one of those films that never seem to get boring or dull no matter how many times you watch it and it shouldn’t be hard to figure out why. Just about everything in this film clicks and just about every character here is memorable in a good way (Jerry) or a bad way (Evil). Some have said it is an over-rated film and maybe that COULD be true, but you don’t get over-rated without a very good reason. People simply adore this film and I can fully understand that, I dig it myself.
One of the best parts of this movie for me is that I don’t think it wastes anytime getting where it needs to go. That is a lesson lost on many of the films today. This movie never does waste its time or your time, thus we are never bored and the time flies. We also have great effects that are without the annoying current nuisance of CGI. You might not realize how much you miss the more natural gore effects until you’ve seen something like this. The bottom line is, Fright Night is still every bit as good today as it was when you were a kid. And if you have kids please show them THIS Fright Night and not the remake which does everything wrong that this one does right.