Fright Night
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Fright Night

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Director: Tom Holland, Chris Sarandon, William Ragsdale, Amanda Bearse

Cast: Tom Holland, Chris Sarandon, William Ragsdale, Amanda Bearse

     
 
Columbia/Tri-Star's DVD release of this 1985 cult horror favorite features a clean-looking, crisp-sounding transfer of the film, but remains a let-down thanks to a lack of special features. Beyond simply owning this great horror-comedy in the DVD format, the only real reasons to purchase this version is to see the letterboxed version of the film (in its original 2.35:

Overview

Columbia/Tri-Star's DVD release of this 1985 cult horror favorite features a clean-looking, crisp-sounding transfer of the film, but remains a let-down thanks to a lack of special features. Beyond simply owning this great horror-comedy in the DVD format, the only real reasons to purchase this version is to see the letterboxed version of the film (in its original 2.35: 1 aspect ratio) on side one and to be able to hear the heavily '80s-influenced soundtrack in Dolby Surround Sound (English track only). Unfortunately, those are all the extras this disc has to offer unless you've been dying to catch the film in French or Portuguese. The lone addition is the original theatrical trailer which gives away most of the film's ending. The picture quality is excellent and Richard Edlund's special effects are captured in the ideal technological display. Side two also features the full-screen version of the film for those averse to letterboxing.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Tom Holland perfectly blends horror and comedy in this popular, well-made send-up of the old "Chiller Theater"-style horror shows that could be found on late-night television in the 1960s and '70s. Holland's screenplay doesn't try to be fancy. Instead, he concocts the simple, suspenseful story of a teen who discovers an awful secret -- that his next-door neighbor is a vampire -- and then lets his actors take care of the rest. William Ragsdale does an excellent job playing the frazzled teen protagonist, while Chris Sarandon takes full advantage of his role as the ultra-evil blood-sucker. Amanda Bearse and Stephen Geoffreys also turn in solid supporting turns as Ragsdale's girlfriend and best friend, respectively, but it is Roddy McDowall who steals the show. Playing the part of aging horror host Peter Vincent (named for Peter Cushing and Vincent Price) who comes to Ragsdale's rescue, McDowall really seems to enjoy himself in the meaty role whether he's pretending to be the "great vampire killer" of his character's movie roles or just plain running scared from Sarandon's nasty vampire. From a technical perspective, Fright Night maintains a chilling, uneasy atmosphere thanks to the great haunted-house setting of the vampire's lair in which the bulk of the film's scariest scenes occur. The special makeup effects by Richard Edlund are well-done with particular acclaim reserved for the fantastic slaying of the vampire's day-walking helper (played by Jonathan Stark). Even the effects-filled finale doesn't come close to this incredible sequence. Bearse's vampire look is outlandish, but disturbing thanks to its clownish mouth full of teeth. The costumes, makeup, and soundtrack date this film a bit to its 1980s roots, as they are heavily influenced by the styles and sounds of the decade. The J. Geils Band performs the title track. McDowall and Ragsdale reprised their roles in the 1989 sequel Fright Night Part II.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/07/1999
UPC:
0043396056299
Original Release:
1985
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Surround]
Time:
1:46:00

Special Features

Languages: English, French; Subtitles: English, French; Theatrical trailer; Scene selections; Widescreen and full screen formats

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Chris Sarandon Jerry Dandridge
William Ragsdale Charley Brewster
Amanda Bearse Amy Peterson
Roddy McDowall Peter Vincent
Stephen Geoffreys Evil Ed
Jonathan Stark Billy Cole
Dorothy Fielding Judy Brewster
Art Evans Detective Lennox
Pamela Brown Miss Nina
Jackie Burch Actor
Steven Hilliard Stern Cook
Nick Savage Bouncer
Ernie Holmes Bouncer
Heidi Sorenson Hooker
Irina Irvine Teenage Girl
Robert Corff Jonathan
Chris Hendrie Newscaster
Prince Hughes Bouncer

Technical Credits
Tom Holland Director,Screenwriter
Jerry Adams Set Decoration/Design
Bradley Alan Stunts
Jerry A. Baerwitz Associate Producer,Production Designer
Christine Baur Stunts
Kevin Benson Musical Direction/Supervision
Kent Beyda Editor
Dale Brady Makeup Special Effects
Alonzo Brown Stunts
Jerry Brutsche Stunts
Chere Bryson Stunts
Jackie Burch Casting
Neil Burrow Sound Editor
David Chackler Musical Direction/Supervision
Gerald Clarke Stunts
Bill Couch Stunts
Paula Crist Stunts
Gordon Davidson Sound Editor
John F. de Cuir Production Designer
Craig Denault Camera Operator
Ken Diaz Makeup
Nick Dimitri Stunts
Gardner Doolittle Stunts
C.E. Duncan Stunts
Richard Edlund Special Effects
Mark Fabus Set Decoration/Design
Brad Fiedel Score Composer
Ross Gallichotte Set Decoration/Design
Dorain Grusman Choreography
Donna Hall Stunts
Mark Harden Stunts
Larry Holt Stunts
Herb Jaffe Producer
Terry James Stunts
Loren Janes Stunts
Jan Kiesser Cinematographer
Albert Lannutti Special Effects
Michael Lantieri Special Effects
Lane Leavitt Stunts
Irwin Mazur Musical Direction/Supervision
Frank Perrino Stunts
Clayton Pinney Special Effects
Darrell Pritchett Set Decoration/Design,Special Effects
Michael P. Redbourn Sound Editor
Robert Fletcher Costumes/Costume Designer
Tom Rosales Stunts
Jerry Sobul Asst. Director
David Spence Sound Editor
Rick Stratton Makeup
Clifford Strong Stunts
Tangerine Dream Score Composer
Kim Washington Stunts
Mike Washlake Stunts
Jerry Wills Stunts

Scene Index

Disc #1, Side A -- Fright Night (Widescreen)
1. Start [3:31]
2. Peter Vincent [11:29]
3. Body Disposal [2:26]
4. Detective Lennox [3:26]
5. Evil Ed's Advice [1:58]
6. Invited In [4:38]
7. Given a Choice [5:06]
8. A Call From Jerry [7:40]
9. Recruiting Mr. Vincent [4:38]
10. At the Lair [3:26]
11. Holy Water Test [3:06]
12. Moment Of Non-Reflection [3:47]
13. Evil Is As Evil Does [3:20]
14. Pursued [1:00]
15. Evil Ed Gets Cross [1:51]
16. Calling Peter Vincent [2:06]
17. Seducing Amy [3:25]
18. Panic At Club Radio [1:32]
19. At Peter's Apartment [2:12]
20. Amy & Jerry [6:51]
21. The Cross Test [1:23]
22. Checking On Mrs. B [1:21]
23. Peter & The Wolf [6:48]
24. On the Staircase [6:26]
25. Bat Out Of Hell [1:08]
26. In the Basement [2:35]
27. Stake Out [:44]
28. Shedding Some Light [8:19]
Disc #1, Side B -- Fright Night (Fullscreen)
1. Start [3:31]
2. Peter Vincent [11:29]
3. Body Disposal [2:26]
4. Detective Lennox [3:26]
5. Evil Ed's Advice [1:58]
6. Invited In [4:38]
7. Given a Choice [5:06]
8. A Call From Jerry [7:40]
9. Recruiting Mr. Vincent [4:38]
10. At the Lair [3:26]
11. Holy Water Test [3:06]
12. Moment Of Non-Reflection [3:47]
13. Evil Is As Evil Does [3:20]
14. Pursued [1:00]
15. Evil Ed Gets Cross [1:51]
16. Calling Peter Vincent [2:06]
17. Seducing Amy [3:25]
18. Panic At Club Radio [1:32]
19. At Peter's Apartment [2:12]
20. Amy & Jerry [6:51]
21. The Cross Test [1:23]
22. Checking On Mrs. B [1:21]
23. Peter & The Wolf [6:48]
24. On the Staircase [6:26]
25. Bat Out Of Hell [1:08]
26. In the Basement [2:35]
27. Stake Out [:44]
28. Shedding Some Light [8:19]

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Fright Night 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
goodgirl2 More than 1 year ago
this isn't just a scary movie it can be funny at the same time i mean some parts you can't help but to laugh at he shouts to his mother that he doesn't need coco ''im not sick''! i saw a vampire"! lol and although your not suppose to laugh you just wanna burst out with laughter at that part why? because its funny im not sure exactly how long this movie is it seems like well i don't knoe 80 minutes or it could be longer anyway i enjoyed this movie i really enjoyed it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this movie! My brother reccomended it to me and I watched it and loved it on AMC around Halloween! I thought it was very creepy and kept my eyes never moving from the screen! It is my favorite movie EVER! I will not tell what this film is about because I hate spoiling things.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a classic movie with great characters. It is sexy and humorous at times. The soundtrack is great and is basically only found on ebay.
Ryan_G More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite things about the month of October is it gives me the excuse to watch all my favorite scary movies all at one time. Well not really at one time, but you get the point. This classic vampire film from 1985 isn't all that scary (anymore) but it is one of my favorite movies to watch once the weather starts to get a little colder and the nights start arriving earlier. Synopsis From Back Cover: Meet Jerry Dandridge. He's sweet, sexy, and he likes to sleep in late. You might think he's the perfect neighbor. But before inviting Jerry in for a nightcap, there's just one thing you should know. Jerry prefers his drinks warm, red - and straight from the jugular! It's Fright Night, a horrific howl starring Chris Sarandon as the seductive vampire and William Ragsdale as the frantic teenager struggling to keep Jerry's deadly fangs our of his neck. Only 17-year old Charley Brewster (Ragsdale) knows Jerry's bloodcurdling secret. When Charley can't get anybody to believe him, he turns to TV horror host Peter Vincent (Roddy McDowall), who used to be the "Great Vampire Killer" of the movies. Can these mortals save Charley and his sweetheart Amy (Amanda Bearse) from the wrathful bloodsucker's toothy embrace? The synopsis never even mentions Charley's best friend "Evil" Ed Thompson. He is probably one of the most annoying but funny characters to grace the silver screen. He is played by Stephen Geoffreys and is such a complete spaz that you can't but help love him while he is stealing scenes from his costars. Once he is turned into a vampire by Jerry Dandridge he gets even funnier. You almost feel sorry for him once he has his final showdown with Peter Vincent. The other character I love in this movie is that of Peter Vincent. Played by the wonderful Roddy McDowall, Peter is the perfect combination of intrepid vampire hunter and washed up actor. The clips of his own movies are hilarious to watch and remind me of the old Hammer horror movies. I would hope they got the name Peter from Peter Cushing who starred as a vampire hunter in many of those movies. So all I can say is for those of you who have never seen this movie, I implore you to watch it. For those of you who have watched it before, I ask that you give it another screening.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Like I said this movie is fun to watch.But also I'm been trying to find the soundtrack for this movie do you guys have this CD availible yet?
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was just on chanel 27 last night. It is really cool. Last night was the first time I saw it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this movie it's one of my favorites the soundtrack is the best it has one of the best love songs ever well at least I think so!see the movie you'll love it and the vampire is super sexy to! If anybody wants the soundtrack I'll email them the songs because it was very hard for me to find them, they don't make it anymore.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is one of the scariest movies I have ever seen.Don't watch it alone.
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