Spotlight ’85: FRIGHT NIGHT

Starring: Chris Sarandon, Roddy McDowell, William Ragsdale, Amanda Bearse, and Stephen Geoffreys

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.


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