It's been 30 years since Fright Night flew into theaters in the summer of 1985 and became a cult classic amongst us horror movie fans. Now over time this film has become what some have come to call the holy grail to own on DVD or in this case Blu Ray. Thanks to Twilight Time the original pressing of this film was in 2011 and was a limited edition of only three thousand and if you guessed it the blu ray release sold out quickly with some ending up on Amazon selling for outrageous prices ranging to as close to two hundred dollars a piece. I understand the desire of wanting to own this film and everything but once a single disc film hits triple digits then its not really worth my time and I will wait just a little bit longer till it gets another release. That was until this year when Twilight Time listened to the fans demands and gave us another release in time for the 30th anniversary of the film and if you guessed again. Its sold out and even more harder to get yours on a copy unless your willing to go the lengths of spending a weeks pay on one. But I do recommend that when titles are released by Twilight Time that you head over AS FAST AS YOU CAN to this site www.screenarchives.com. To insure you have a chance to get your hands on any form of greatness that comes from Twilight Time.
But now lets look at this film. 1985 was a good year I was five years old and I knew nothing about horror movies cause lets face it at five I was probably to pre-occupied playing with toys and causing all kinds of hell that well you know is what any kid from the 80's was known to do. But for me it would have to be about 3 years after its release that I discovered this film on if you guessed it thanks to that lovely placed called a video store!!! Kids today will never know the joy of finding that one movie you never saw sitting on the shelf and having to beg your parents to rent it just to shut you up. So how can top that? Jump forward to today and you can practically watch these films in HD and this film got a hands down great re-release.
So if you know the story then that's great but for the younger generation who are stuck with sparkling vampires and all these shoved down their throats teenage PG-13 horror films then this is a wake up call for you to watch what some awesome vampire action really looks like. Our venture here follows Charley Brewster (William Ragsdale) who one night happens to stumble onto the fact that his next door neighbor Jerry Dandrige (Chris Sarandon) is a real vampire. Its this accidental discovery that causes Charley's downward spiral into fear and despair as he tries to turn to those who would listen to him only to be turned away and he tries to convince his best friend, girlfriend and even his hero a well past his prime horror movie icon turned horror movie show host Peter Vincent (Roddy McDowall). But as time goes on and he tries and his friends start to disappear does it that Peter Vincent believes him and they go after the vampire.
For 1985 Tom Holland told one helluva great vampire story with Fright Night and he in my opinion captured what made a vampire scary with this film. I have had the privilege to see this movie on the big screen thanks to some friends who work at the Colonial Theater in Phoenixville, PA. That night was an awesome night because I saw the film with friends and wore an Evil Ed shirt. Trust me its great film to watch on your television and this blu ray captures it perfectly but theres something else about seeing a movie on the screen and having never had that chance this film in my honest opinion has stood the test of time and still holds up today amongst various other vampire movies that have come out since this film. So even though its hard to get a copy of this film and I wouldn't recommend you go out there into the wild and spend your hard earned money on something like this but if you do have money like this to just throw away. Send it to us first!!! Kidding yeah I highly recommend you get your hands on this movie if you can find a copy that won't be gouging you all too badly.
So in closing I have to say one thing.....
"Oh, you're so cool, Brewster!"
reviewed by Bucky