Late to the Scary Movies! A review of Fright Night

Jerry Dandrige: What’s the matter Charley? Afraid I’d never come over without being invited first? 

Every scary movie has some sort of lesson. Don’t live in houses where murders have taken place. Always abide by quarantine rules. Don’t trust transgendered campers. Don’t sleep with anyone, ever. Don’t bury your dead kid in an indian burial ground.

Fright Night‘s lesson? Seriously, if you’re going to spy on your neighbor you need to be sneakier about it. Or if you do and you aren’t sneaky, at least don’t be a tattletale or your neighbor will make your life a living hell.

Hmm. This is probably the train of thought that allows serial killers to operate for years without being bothered by their neighbors. Yeah.

I *LOVED* this movie. It remains behind Alien but might even surpass The Thing in my ranking of movies I’ve watched so far this month. I’m surprised by how much I like it. But it has exactly what I wanted– a decent plot, fairly good acting, some humor, terrible special effects and a Gremlin-like vampire bat.

I’m racking my brain to think of any vampire movies I’ve ever seen and I think this is the first. And let me tell you something– Chris Sarandon is really sexy in this movie, and that’s not a word I use a lot. I guess that’s the ‘thing’ about vampires, that they are supposed to be super suave and hot. It definitely worked here.

There’s not much that I didn’t like about this movie. Evil Ed might be one of the most irritating characters in film of all time and I think that made me enjoy his demise (which I probably was supposed to be sad about, but wasn’t). I loved William Ragsdale as Charlie Brewster and Roddy MacDowall as the vampire killer Peter Vincent (shout out to Vincent Price and Peter Cushing, I presume?). I think the best death in this movie had to be when the vampire’s assistant was killed because he ends up turning into this bright green Nickelodeon slime and bones. I had a lot of fun watching this movie and it’ll definitely make a reappearance every October.

A final thought– I absolutely think that, if vampires are real, they should consider abiding by the bro code that you shouldn’t just steal a dude’s girlfriend and turn her into a vampire without checking with him first. Rude.

Face palm moment: Totally recognized Chris Sarandon’s beautiful face because he’s played a lawyer in a few Law & Order episodes.

[Editor's Note: A friend just told me that the female lead is played by Marcie from the best show on television, Married With Children. So this movie has that going for it too.]

Favorite part: Already mentioned this, but definitely the assistant’s death on the stairs.

The “I missed that in pop culture trivia” moment: I can’t think of anything, but I’m a little curious to see the new Fright Night with Colin Farrell. Has anyone seen it? Thoughts?

Regrettable tardiness scale (out of 10): 8/10. Really loved this one, so thanks to everyone who suggested or voted for it.

3 responses to “Late to the Scary Movies! A review of Fright Night

  1. You need to watch Evil Dead 2 before you’re finished with this Scary Movies series. It’s a cult classic for a reason.

  2. Pingback: Scary Movie October Watch List | Late to the Movies

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