29: Fright Night (the original)

Fright Night – August 2, 1985
Starring: Chris Sarandon, Stephen Geoffreys, William Ragsdale, Amanda Bearse
Written and directed by: Tom Holland

The plot: “When a teenager learns that his next door neighbour is a vampire, no one will believe him.” – IMDB

My thoughts: I love horror, I love camp, I love 80s movies so of course, the original Fright Night did not disappoint.

I love this poster.

One of my favorite things was looking back at what vampires used to be – fucked up looking monsters. Even “Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s” vampires weren’t too horrific. Need I even mention the beauty of Twilight’s vampires? The vampires in Fright Night were creepy, giant mouthed, stretch faced things that didn’t have much charisma but plenty of creep qualities. I’m genuinely sick of seeing sexed up vampires – I get it, vampires are a metaphor for sex and abstinence (or lack thereof) and blah blah blah. But ultimately, vampires are monsters. They’re undead. They should look sick and scary. I was definitely a bit grossed out by these.

The acting? Sub-par throughout. Fright Night didn’t cast notables nor did any of the actors go on to make names for themselves. This was probably their one hit and I don’t think it was much of a hit to begin with. The premise was enjoyable, even if it was simple and by now a bit played out. The effects were better than I would have anticipated for an 80s horror movie. It has some laugh-worthy gross out moments, there is indeed a shot of a lady’s boobs, and the vampires are sufficiently creepy and sinister.

And here’s a fun fact: After being nominated for a Tony Award, Stephen Geoffreys, who played Evil Ed in the movie, randomly got into hardcore gay porn and starred in such…classics(?) as Mechanics bi Day, Lube Job bi Night, Transsexual Prostitutes, Butt Blazer, and Guys Who Crave Big Cocks. (I can’t even with these titles.)

Stars: 3.5/5


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