April 11, 1986: Fright Night


“If you love being scared, it’ll be the night of your life.”

Fright_Night-1986Fright Night, a 1985 American horror film written and directed by Tom Holland in his directorial debut, was released in UK cinemas. It stars William Ragsdale, Chris Sarandon, Roddy McDowall (who received the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor), Amanda Bearse, Jonathan Stark, Dorothy Fielding and Art Evans. The film follows young Charley Brewster, who discovers that his next-door neighbor Jerry Dandrige is a vampire. When no one believes him, Charley decides to get Peter Vincent, a TV show host who acted in films as a vampire hunter, to stop Jerry’s killing spree.  Since its release, it has received a positive reception from critics and has became a cult classic.



Fright Night Part 2 followed in 1988 with Ragdale and McDowall returning.  Holland and Sarandon were busy with Child’s Play (1988) so Tommy Lee Wallace (Halloween II: Season Of The Witch) came in to direct.  McDowall relished playing Peter Vincent and was eager to bring Holland back to the franchise, so he had set up a meeting for himself and Holland with Carolco Pictures chairman Jose Menendez to discuss making Fright Night Part 3. Unfortunately, before that meeting could occur, Menendez and his wife were infamously murdered by their sons, Lyle and Erik. [Wikipedia]

See the trailer on MovieCriticBlog YouTube Channel.


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