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Fright Night

Director Tom Holland keeps the picture wonderfully simple and entirely believable (once the existence of vampires is accepted, of course). In a quick 105 minutes, the film simply answers the question of what would probably happen if a charming, but deadly sinister, vampire moved in next door to a likable teenager given to watching horror films on the late show - and the only one the kid can turn to for help is a washed-up actor who hosts the show.

With:
Chris Sarandon William Ragsdale Amanda Bearse Roddy McDowall Stephen Geoffreys Jonathan Stark

Director Tom Holland keeps the picture wonderfully simple and entirely believable (once the existence of vampires is accepted, of course). In a quick 105 minutes, the film simply answers the question of what would probably happen if a charming, but deadly sinister, vampire moved in next door to a likable teenager given to watching horror films on the late show – and the only one the kid can turn to for help is a washed-up actor who hosts the show.

Chris Sarandon is terrific as the vampire, quite affable and debonair until his fingernails start to grow and his eyes get that glow. William Ragsdale superbly maintains due sympathy as a fairly typical youngster who can’t get anybody to believe him about the odd new neighbor next door.

Roddy McDowall hams it up on the telly as the ‘fearless vampire killer.’ Naturally, when Ragsdale comes looking for help, McDowall is more than aware of his humanly limitations, becoming a consistently amusing, unwilling ally in invading Sarandon’s lair.

Fright Night

Production: Columbia/Vistar. Director Tom Holland; Producer Herb Jaffe; Screenplay Tom Holland; Camera Jan Kiesser; Editor Kent Beyda; Music Brad Fiedel; Art Director John De Cuir Jr

Crew: (Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1985. Running time: 105 MIN.

With: Chris Sarandon William Ragsdale Amanda Bearse Roddy McDowall Stephen Geoffreys Jonathan Stark

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