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Fright Night (1985)

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Published on Jun 21, 2011

Fright Night

Directed by
Tom Holland

Produced by
Herb Jaffe

Written by
Tom Holland

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

Music by
Brad Fiedel

Cinematography Jan Kiesser

Editing by Kent Beyda

Distributed by
Columbia Pictures
Release date(s) August 2, 1985
Running time 106 min
Country United States
Language English

Budget $9 000 000
Gross revenue $24,922,237


Fright Night is a 1985 American horror film written and directed by Tom Holland and produced by Herb Jaffe. The film stars Chris Sarandon, William Ragsdale, Amanda Bearse, Roddy McDowall, Stephen Geoffreys and Jonathan Stark. Supporting cast members include Dorothy Fielding, Art Evans, Irina Irvine, Heidi Sorenson and Nick Savage. The visual effects producer was Richard Edlund. Fright Night was released on August 2, 1985. It was also followed by a 1988 sequel, Fright Night Part II.

Charley Brewster is a huge fan of horror films until he discovers that his new next door neighbor Jerry Dandridge is a vampire. Upon discovering this new fact, Charley turns for help, including telling his mom, asking his friends for their help, calling the police and turning to vampire-hunting hero, actor Peter Vincent. His girlfriend Amy Peterson hires the money-desperate Peter to "prove" Jerry is not a vampire by having him ingest "holy water." Peter Vincent accidentally discovers Jerry's true nature after noting his lack of a reflection in his pocket mirror.
With this new information, Peter flees -- but Jerry already learns of Peter's discovery after finding a piece of his pocket mirror on the floor. He hunts down and converts Charley's friend, Edward ("Evil Ed") into a vampire, who unsuccessfully tries to attack Peter. Jerry then hypnotizes and spirits away Amy, who bears a resemblance to Jerry's lost love. With nowhere left to turn, Charley goes to Peter Vincent a second time.
Peter initially refuses, but then reluctantly resumes his "Vampire Killer" role as Charley approaches his neighbor's house. The two are able to repel Jerry's attack using a cross -- though only Charley's work, since he (unlike burned-out Peter) has faith. Peter seemingly kills Edward after staking him through the heart (removing the stake afterwards to use as a weapon against Jerry), while Charley finds Amy already in the throes of a vampire transformation. Peter is sure the process can be reversed, but only if they kill Jerry before dawn.
The two kill Jerry's carpenter, the vampire's bodyguard (who is not a vampire, but rather a non-human servant able to walk in daylight), dissolving him into green goo and dust. Brandishing a cross a second time with faith, Peter is able to lure an overconfident Jerry in front of a window, just before the morning sun lights him ablaze. Jerry flees to his coffin in the basement, while Amy completes her transformation and attacks Charley. By breaking the windows in the basement, however, Peter and Charley are able to kill Jerry once and for all in a monstrous explosion.
Amy returns to normal and Peter Vincent comes on the TV and announces a break from vampires, instead selecting an alien slasher movie. The last shot shows two red eyes in the darkness, followed by Evil Ed laughing sarcastically, "Oh, you're so cool, Brewster!"

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