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."