fright nightFright Night, directed by Tom Holland

I'm one of those people who didn't grow up with Fright Night but discovered it later airing late at night on basic cable and slotted in between B movies like the ones Peter Vincent (Roddy McDowall) airs on his incredibly campy TV show.

There's something very special about this movie – the story of a Billy Peltzer-like teen (William Ragsdale) who discovers that his neighbor is (gasp!) a vampire – that somehow makes me forgive its 80s cheesiness and its clichéd story and pulls me in every time I watch it. Maybe it's my love for McDowall, who I'll always remember as Cornelius from Planet of the Apes. Maybe it's the movie's chilling effects, which reach freaky gross out levels in the climax.

The entire cast, especially McDowall and Chris Sarandon as the big bad, is great. Their performances elevate the movie from teen horror schlock to an engaging, entertaining and funny monster flick. Here's hoping Anton Yelchin and David Tennant can deliver the goods in the remake. (I'm guessing the 1989 sequel doesn't live up to the greatness of the original, but I'm still looking forward to tracking it down.)
categories DVDs, Reviews, Horror