High School student Charley Brewster (William Ragsdale) has an unusual problem…his suave new neighbor Jerry (Chris Sarandon) is actually a bloodthirsty vampire, and he’s got his fangs set on Charley’s beloved Amy (Married… with Children‘s Amanda Bearse, in an awesome performance). With this ancient evil closing in, Charley’s only hope is in his miscreant friend Evil Ed (Stephen Geoffreys in the apotheosis of 80s best friend roles) and horror host Peter Vincent (the legendary Roddy McDowall). With stunning practical effects, rivers of gore, and the best vampire disco seduction scene ever put on film.
“Some long overdue appreciation is due for the best American example of a cinematic tale of the undead from the 1980s…. What makes FRIGHT NIGHT such a hoot to this day, on top of the great performances, is the deft blending of humor and suspense that [director Tom] Holland manages to build in his story.” —Edward Copeland, Slant Magazine
"The best line in FRIGHT NIGHT belongs to Roddy McDowall, who plays a broken-down old hambone actor who used to star in vampire movies. ‘The kids today,’ he complains, ‘don't have the patience for vampires. They want to see some mad slasher running around and chopping off heads.’ He's right.” —Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times (1985)
“Director Tom Holland keeps the picture wonderfully simple and entirely believable (once the existence of vampires is accepted, of course).” —Variety