Fright Night (1985)

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  1. Bowie Fett

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    I watch and recommend this film every Halloween season. Sadly, most have never heard of the film. Anyone on the board enjoy this classic? I believe the film, along with The Lost Boys (1987), is one of the last great vampire films.
     
  2. Haven't seen this in the longest time.
    Watching a bunch of horror flicks this Halloween season. I'll add it to the list.

    Roddy 's last great role.
     
  3. The Wanderer

    The Wanderer Seeker of Truth

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  4. Tim S

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    It's a good one. It's not super scary. It's not exactly tongue-in-cheek but it maintains a playful tone throughout without losing the creepiness and drama. That's a tough thing to pull off, so I give it a lot of credit for that.
     
  5. Pizza

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    Love this flick but not Lost Boys.
     
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  6. DorothyV

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    Just re-watched this a few weeks ago. One of my favorite 80s flicks. And, Chris Sarandon is so damn sexy in this.
     
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  7. SmallDarkCloud

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    I had a ticket to see a revival screening of Fright Night at an Alamo Drafthouse in March. It was canceled a week earlier for an obvious reason.
     
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  8. Tim S

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    I like about the first 1/3 of Lost Boys quite a bit, especially the town/setting and the setup.

    Totally lost me when it turned into a live action comic book.
     
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  9. Bluesman Mark

    Bluesman Mark But I'm innocent! Swan stole my music & framed me!

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    Saw it in the theater when it came out, saw the sequel on VHS, (& it deserves a proper release on disc!), saw the remake with my wife when it came out, & have both the original & the remake on DVD/Blu. I like both a great deal but prefer the original, however I did like how they adroitly updated the remake & find Chris Tennant as good a Peter Vincent as Roddy was, though the characters are written completely different.

    The Lost Boys? I tend to agree with Tim S, though I do have it on DVD too.

    I find Near Dark from the same year as The Lost Boys, (1987), far superior to either The Lost Boys or Fright Night myself.
     
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  10. SmallDarkCloud

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    Fright Night 2 is pretty good, and it’s a mystery why it’s not available on home video. However, a high definition transfer was created for television broadcast, and (last time I checked) a copy of that transfer was available on YouTube.
     
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  11. Pizza

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    Yes. It was nicely atmospheric at the start. It became a giant comic punchline by the end.
     
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  12. Lewisboogie

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    Love it.

    “Fright Night...for real.”
     
  13. vince

    vince Stan Ricker's son-in-law

    That one with Colin Ferrel wasn't that bad!
     
  14. malcolm reynolds

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    I love the original and have been watching it since my neighbor made me a VHS dub back in the day. Now that I have the BD it gets watched quite often.
     
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  15. Barnabas Collins

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    I saw it at the theater when it first came out. I have a real soft spot for Fright Night. I really miss Roddy McDowall.
     
  16. vconsumer

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    How timely! My wife and I watched this just last night. I've been a fan since its release. The combination of humor and horror reminds me of Polanski's Fearless Vampire Killers.
     
  17. ssmith3046

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    I saw it in the theater too. Myself and one other person in the whole place. That was kind of creepy. Love the movie. Roddy was terrific in it.
     
  18. palisantrancho

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    Love it. Watched it again a few weeks ago. Always manages to make me smile. Great poster art as well. Every time I see that poster I want to watch it.

    I was impressed with the special effects the last time I watched it. It gets pretty gnarly towards the end. Great performances by Roddy and Chris!

    “Oh Brewster, you're so cool!”
     
  19. Steve Simm

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    I really liked this movie. Went to see it with my wife at the theater when we’re dating. Finally got a chance to pick it up on Blu-ray a couple of years ago.
     
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  20. Derek Slazenger

    Derek Slazenger Specs, rugs & rock n roll

    I think I was just the right age when Fright Night came out! I had a mate who really loved it too and we watched it over and over. Saw it last year for the first time since then and I still really enjoyed it. Roddy McDowall is fantastic in it :) I must watch Fright Night 2 again because I remember that being good as well.
     
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  21. Hexwood

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    The special effects have held up surprisingly well.

    Whenever I watch The Lost Boys, I can practically smell the hot dog vendors, the sea air and the bonfires on the beach. It makes me wish I could travel back to 1987 to watch an oily Timmy Cappello rock out. The film plays out like an extra-long music video.
     
  22. Kyle B

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    This is one of my favorite horror movies, with some genuine scares (remember when Charlie goes looking for his mom in her bedroom?). I saw it in the theater when I was a teenager and was surprised at how good it was, given the lousy marketing campaign, which made it sound like a generic slasher pic. Columbia Pictures was way more concerned with pushing their awful flop “Perfect” (with Jamie Lee Curtis and John Travolta) and didn’t give this the attention it deserved.

    I didn’t like the sequel. The remake was decent though. It has been difficult to get this on Blu-ray - they’ve released it a few times in limited quantities, though it’s now available for a reasonable price. It’s also streaming on Amazon Prime.
     
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  24. Bluesman Mark

    Bluesman Mark But I'm innocent! Swan stole my music & framed me!

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    The end of their career, as it was the last song they ever released.
     
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  25. Stereosound

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    And a bad song especially from them to boot. Concealed Weapons was at least a little better.
     
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