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Fright Night Review*****

Cert 18 | 106 mins | 1985

5 star conversion of a classic eighties horror.

Fright Night was first unleashed on unsuspecting audiences in 1985 and was written and directed by Tom Holland (Tales From the Crypt, The Langoliers).

In an era when vampire films were becoming outdated and being replaced by slasher flicks, Fright Night took horror back to it’s roots with a traditional tale of children of the night.

Charley Brewster (William Ragsdale – Herman’s Head, The Reaping) is not your average teenager. He loves to watch late night horror films, specifically those featured on the show Fright Night, presented by Peter Vincent (Roddy McDowall – Planet of the Apes, Overboard), a washed up actor who once starred in horror films himself.

His tranquil existence is threatened one day when a new neighbour moves in next door. After arguing with his girlfriend Amy (Amanda Bearse – Married With Children) he goes to his bedroom window and spots two men carrying what appears to be a coffin into basement of the house next door.

When he sees a woman enter the house and then hears about her murder the following day, he goes to the police, but of course they don’t believe him. Convinced by now that his suave but creepy neighbour Jerry (Chris Sarandon – The Princess Bride, Child’s Play) is a vampire and his live-in friend Billy (Jonathan Stark – Project X) is in league with him, Charley turns to the only person he can think of, Peter Vincent.

Unfortunately, he is just an actor and has no real interest in helping until Charley’s best friend Evil Ed (Stephen Geoffreys – Fraternity Vacation, 976-Evil) and Amy convince him to join them in the fight against the vampire threat.

Fright Night is a great example of horror from this era, scary yet funny at the same time and who doesn’t love a vampire in smashing eighties pullovers. The makeup is excellent and the effects neatly highlight the many and varied ways in which a vampire can die. It’s well filmed and this conversion has brought it up to date brilliantly. With bundles of special features, this one is a must own for horror fans.

  • 4K digital restoration
  • Original stereo PCM soundtrack and 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio options (on the Blu-ray)
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hearing-impaired
  • You’re So Cool, Brewster! A new two-hour version of the definitive 2016 documentary on the making of Fright Night, focusing on the first film, created exclusively for this release
  • What is Fright Night featurette, a 2016 video piece featuring cast and crew interviews (BLU-RAY ONLY)
  • Tom Holland: Writing Horror, a 2016 video piece featuring interviews with Holland and his collaborators (BLU-RAY ONLY)
  • Rowdy McDowall: From Apes to Bats, a 2016 video piece featuring archival footage of McDowall and cast and crew interviews (BLU-RAY ONLY) | Fear Fest 2 2008 reunion panel featuring Tom Holland, Chris Sarandon, William Ragsdale, Stephen Geoffreys, Amanda Bearse, Jonathan Stark and moderated by Rob Galluzzo (BLU-RAY ONLY)
  • Shock Till You Drop Present Choice Cuts with Tom Holland and Ryan Turek, a three-part video interview on the film (BLU-RAY ONLY) | The full electronic press kit, featuring extensive on-set interviews and behind-the-scenes footage (BLU-RAY ONLY)
  • Stills and memorabilia from Tom Holland’s personal collection (BLU-RAY ONLY)
  • G-rated and R-rated theatrical trailers (BLU-RAY ONLY)
  • PLUS: a booklet featuring a new essay by Craig Ian Mann (STEELBOOK EXCLUSIVE)

Fright Night is available to buy now on Dual Format DVD and Blu-ray Steelbook.

DirectorTom Holland
GenreHorror
StarringChris Sarandon, William Ragsdale, Amanda Bearse, Roddy McDowall
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