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Fright Night (1985)

Fright Night (1985)


Chris Sarandon
William Ragsdale
Amanda Bearse
Roddy McDowall

Directed by Tom Holland

Watching Fright Night (1985) alongside Fright Night (2011) (only a day apart), may not be the best way to review the movie. But I must say Fright Night (1985) is a good movie, although it has so much loose strings in the plot, and the CGI not anywhere near what we see now, but yet still I give Kudos to the makers.

The Acting was far much better than Fright Night (2011), but the plot in the later version is much more precise and straight. The Visual Effect was not masterful but it was good, there was a scene where Peter Vincent (Roddy McDowall) killed Ed (Stephen Geoffreys) the visual effect in the transformation was nicely done, as the Camera was changing focus during the transformation, will make you appreciate the 80s.

The plot of the movie is a little like its remake, Charley Brewster (William Ragsdale) has a feeling something funny is leaving next door. He started observing his neighbor and he discovers that a fanged creature is leaving next door. When he expresses his thoughts about the fanged new neighbor Jerry Dandridge (Chris Sarandon) to the police, he was laughed at. But upon telling his girlfriend, Amy (Amanda Bearse) she believes he is avoiding their relationship issues by making up stories. His best buddy Ed thinks his gone bananas and his single mom thinks Dandridge (Chris Sarandon) could be a potential boyfriend.

I really appreciate the work done by the editor and the cinematographer, making this movie look captivating and the horror scenes engaging that even 26 years later the movie is still interesting to watch and not a mediocre that is only good to watch when in the 80s.

The director Tom Holland (who also directed and wrote the first Child’s Play: Chucky in 1988) who was also the writer put this all together, the thing about when a writer directs his own film is what you get in the end will be what he had in his head. Roddy McDowall won a Saturn Award for best supporting actor that year and the movie won best horror film that year. The movie came out same year and same time with Nightmare on Elm’s street 2: Freddy’s Revenge.

This movie was a critical masterpiece with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 93%, higher than its remake.

All i can say is that movie lovers should go watch this horror flick don't mind the time it was made, it is a classic horror movie that has aged well. The acting is top-notch and the drama gets you glued from the start to the finish.


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