Fright Night

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Horror films

 

Time Out says

Charley (Ragsdale) has seen a coffin being carried into the house next door and a corpse being dragged out, but no one will take him seriously. In desperation he enlists a TV vampire killer, who's initially charmed by neighbour-from-hell Jerry (Sarandon), before noticing the absence of his reflection in a mirror. A farrago of cartoonish exaggeration (mouthfuls of fangs, razor-sharp talons and eyes like burning coals), knowing humour and '80s camp, it shouldn't even begin to work, and yet, strangely, it does, sort of, thanks to the assured handling of writer/director Holland, and two performances in particular - Geoffreys as Charley's pal Evil, and McDowall as the timid vampire killer. The music helps, covering an ambitious range from piano-murdering suspense-raisers, through disco fodder, to a Sparks tune, 'Armies of the Night', by Ron and Russell Mael.
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Release details

UK release:

1985

Duration:

106 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Tom Holland

Cast:

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

Music:

Brad Fiedel

Production Designer:

John F DeCuir Jr

Editor:

Kent Beyda

Cinematography:

Jan Kiesser

Screenwriter:

Tom Holland

Producer:

Herb Jaffe

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