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Fright Night (1985)

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"For young Charley Webster, nothing could be better than an old horror movie late at night. A new family moves in next door, and for Charley with his experience, there can be no doubt that their strange behaviour is explained by the fact that they are vampires. The only one who can help him hunt them down is a washed-up actor, Peter Vincent, who hosts Charley's favourite TV show. Vincent doesn't really believe that vampires exist, but does it for the money."

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Review Date: 15 May 2004 My Rating: out of 5


Tom Holland's horror comedy was made more than 10 years before 'Scream', but proved that audiences were ready for their horror to have light relief included in them.

The story centres on Charlie Brewster an average guy who discovers that his new next door neighbour is actually a vampire who has been murdering local prostitutes.

Charlie, who is a huge horror fan, goes through the required period of trying to convince his friends that he is not imagining it, before they finally enlist the help of TV horror has been, Peter Vincent to help them rid the neighbourhood of vampires.

The film is very clever as Tom Holland is obviously a huge fan of horror himself, and therefore there are many references to Hammer Horror and other classic movies which work well when translated into 80's America.

The cast are mostly likeable apart from Stephen Geoffreys who is the most annoying and gimpiest horror character ever, yet to his credit he does still manage to make us feel sorry for him towards the film's climax.

Chris Sarandon is very good here, being charming, witty and scary all at once and there's just an 80's vibe present in the film that makes it a fun ride from start to finish.

If you enjoyed this movie when you were a kid you may find that it isn't as amazing as you remember but it is still a fun little movie from the heyday of horror.

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