Friday, January 18, 2008

Fright Night (1985)

Fear 1/5
Gore 2/5
Entertainment 3/5
Creepiness 0/5
Nightmares 05

Goofy and cheesy, though totally entertaining slice of 80's horror. While it's no gorefest like the films from that era, it was obviously done with love and respect for the horror genre.

Fright Night successfully blends a little comedy with what can only be described as a loving homage to the Hammer Films of the 50's and 60's, especially when it comes to the atmosphere of the creepy house that's the main locale of the film. Essentially a vampire film, Fright Night follows three teenagers as they do battle with a hunky looking, be-mulleted bloodsucker and his (possibly gay) helper guy. Along the way they pick up an aging character actor who hosts the late night horror program on the local independent TV station (played wonderfully by Roddy McDowell).

It's hokey, it's silly and the special effects are kind of cheesy, and yet, it all kind of works even though I found myself laughing and rolling my eyes more than I did covering them. Not really a classic 80's film, but a fun one and certain worth seeing. Though, if you're over the age of 25, you may just laugh at it.

-Complaint Dept


Anonymous said...

I liked Fright Night. I also enjoyed the sequel. It makes me giggle that the main vampire is also Prince Humperdink from The Princess Bride.

The effects at the end of Fright Night seems to be scores above the whole movie. It also followed vampire myth without trying to point it all out. I enjoyed that.

Cortez the Killer said...

You totally forgot to mention the chick from Married with Children. The film does its best to make her look like a female but to no avail, she still looks mannish.