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A still from Fright Night (1985)

Fright Night

1985 | United States | 106 min
  • Watched on Sat Oct 31, 2020 via Blu-ray (2019 | Sony Pictures)
    A+: 5 stars (out of 5)

    During a late-night make-out session, a suburban teen sees two men carrying a coffin into the neighboring basement. Intrigued, he spies on the nightly goings-on next-door, only to discover his suave new neighbor—played by Chris Sarandon—has fangs. Desperate for help, he turns to the local creature-feature host, an aging horror star played by Roddy McDowall.

    McDowall channels Peter Cushing in a love-letter performance that reimagines the Van Helsing archetype as a vulnerable, reluctant hero whose self-discovery arc gives the film an unexpected resonance.

    Opposite McDowall, Sarandon is all sensual charm and sociopathic calculation spiked with a streak of black humor. I’ve seen this film countless times and struggle to name a horror villain performance I enjoy more. The script gives him all the best lines and Sarandon delivers them with such relish, his performance never fails to make me smile.

    There are scarier, more intense, and more important horror films. But none are this much fun.

Older Viewings

  • Watched on Sat Aug 22, 2015 via Alamo Drafthouse Cinema - One Loudoun
  • Watched on Mon Jul 30, 2012 via The Black Cat
  • Watched on Sun Jul 08, 2012 via AFI Silver
  • Watched on Sat Jul 07, 2012 via AFI Silver
  • Watched on Sat Jan 28, 2012 via Blu-ray

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