Fright Night
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Fright Night

4.4 9
Director: Tom Holland

Cast: 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:… See more details below

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

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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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