Fright Night (1985)
Directed by Tom Holland

Starring Amanda Bearse Chris Sarandon Roddy McDowall Stephen Geoffreys William Ragsdale

The late mid-1980s saw a number of kick-ass horror movies come out ("Nightmare on Elm Street," "Return of the Living Dead"), not the least of which was this one, which stars an aging Roddy McDowall as a washed-up horror movie show host.

When a teenager (William Ragsdale) notices a murder that took place next door and suddenly realizes his suave and arrogant new neighbor (Chris Sarandon) is a vampire. He recruits McDowall to help him battle the bloodsucker. Some pretty sick gore, a damn suspenseful storyline and plenty of comedy make this one a must-see. It helped usher in the vampire comeback in horror cinema that's still with us. Holland, who helped write the excellent "Beast Within," went on to direct the classic "Child's Play."

He wasn't involved in this film's sequel.

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-- Review by Lucius Gore

USER COMMENTS

Posted by Evil Eddie on January 8, 2008
BEST. VAMPIRE. MOVIE. EVER!!!!


Posted by Goretician on June 20, 2013
Hilarious. Roddy mcdowall's best role since class of '84. Awesome makeup effects. Could have been a bit bloodier but still a definite must see


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