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Fright Night
Reviewed by
Andrew Proverbs
on
Fright Night DVD Review Fright Night isn’t the most sophisticated movie ever made, but it is a lot of fun. You could do a lot worse than give this underrated gem a go. 
Rating:
3.5

Feature 7.0
Video 8.0
Audio 8.0
Special Features 2.0
Total 7.9
Distributor: Sony
Running Time: 106
Reviewer: Andrew Proverbs
Classification
: M15+

7.0


Fright Night

I’m sure most of you will have memories of staying up well past your sensible bedtimes to watch a late-night horror movie matinee: for me, it was witching-hour screenings of Nosferatu or Night of the living dead. Fright Night, directed by Tom Holland in 1985, plays upon those memories to deliver a light-hearted send up of the vampire flick.  

Charlie Brewster (William Ragsdale) is a fan of those same B-grade horror classics. But one night the horror reaches beyond the television screen when he witnesses his new next door neighbour lugging a coffin into the basement of his house. The evidence starts to pile up, yet no-one seems to believe Charlie’s warnings that there is a real vampire living next door. His girlfriend Amy (Amanda Bearse) and friend ‘Evil’ Edward (Stephen Geoffreys) are sceptical at first, but they stop laughing when they are themselves caught up in the feud between Charlie and his undead neighbour. It comes down to the three teenagers and legendary screen vampire killer Peter Vincent (Roddy McDowall) to try to stop this force of evil before it can destroy any more young lives. 

This is a movie that would have been very, very bad, but for one thing: It doesn’t take itself at all seriously. Everything about Fright Night is deliciously over the top, from the acting to the visual effects to the lighting. Fog machines pump out eerie mist like it’s going out of style, while green strobe lights flash in the background. The soundtrack has a crash-bang 80’s style to it that is completely overpowering, but somehow isn’t out of place here. You get a sense that the actors revelled in their individual roles, and had a great time playing up to their campy stereotypes.

Charlie’s role is fairly straightforward, but almost everyone else is some kind of demented maniac. 

So the movie is fun and entertaining, but there are definitely some problems with pacing. Almost every sequence goes for far too long, and we’re left wondering why Vincent is still poking around in the Brewsters’ house, or why the monster is taking so long to die, or why the chase sequence has to take Charlie and his pursuer through so many back alleys before it finally ends up at the nightclub. 

Special features: 

There isn’t much to get excited about here, just the theatrical trailer and some text-only information on members of the cast.  

Closing comments: 

Fright Night isn’t the most sophisticated movie ever made, but it is a lot of fun. You could do a lot worse than give this underrated gem a go. 






 
 



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