With the release of the remake of “Fright Night” just around the corner, I thought I would take a little time to shine a well-deserved light on the original cult-classic film from 1985. Enjoy!
Charley Brewster (Ragsdale) has a serious problem. He has a new next-door neighbor, Jerry Dandrige (Sarandon), who’s handsome, polite, keeps to himself…and only comes out after dark. When a woman who Charley sees knocking on Jerry’s door one evening shows up dead on the local news, Charley decides to do an evening of curious spying, and discovers a terrifying reality…Jerry Dandrige is a vampire. And worst of all, Jerry KNOWS that Charley is watching.
Now, with the clock ticking, Charley must find a way to destroy his undead neighbor before HE ends up as a midnight snack. Together with his girlfriend, Amy (Bearse), and his best-bud-since-childhood, “Evil” Ed (Geoffreys), Charley must enlist the help of Peter Vincent (McDowell), a has-been former film actor-turned late-night horror show host, who was once know as “The Great Vampire Killer”, to drive a stake through Jerry Dandrige’s centuries-old heart.
I absolutely LOVE the original “Fright Night”. It’s a film I’ve seen dozens of times, and one that I love introducing to new fans. I watched it again just a few weeks ago, and after 26 years it still holds up beautifully. In a decade that gave us some of the very best in the “horror” genre, “Fright Night” proudly stands out.