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Frightful October Horror Movie Picks – DAY 10

October 10, 2013

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“Fright Night” (1985)

Such a childhood favorite of mine. I remember watching this movie late one night on cable with mom and baby versions of Ryan & Zack, who were asleep at the time as most babies do. I simply remember that night clear as day, it was my introduction into the vampire genre, and boy oh boy was I in for a ride. Charlie is convinced that his next door neighbor Jerry is a vampire, but nobody, not his girlfriend or best pal Evil Ed believe him. Charlie goes to great lengths to convince everyone that what he saw was in fact real, so far that it ends up having the love of his life taken away from him. He teams up with TV monster hunter and cable host Peter Vincent and the race against the clock to save Charlie’s girl begins.

There was a remake that came out in 2011, one of which I wasn’t looking forward to, but I must say, that was a rare remake where it was entertaining enough that it made the viewing experience tolerable. But, for me, the original is and has always been where it’s at. Those classic 80s creature effects give off a certain charm that most movies these day, especially horror rarely are able to pull off. Fun little tidbit, the bat creature Jerry turns into at the end was an unused, recycled, creature effect from another Columbia Pictures horror-comedy…“Ghostbusters”.

Written & Directed by: Tom Holland

Starring: Chris Sarandon, William Ragsdale, Amanda Bearse, Stephen Geoffreys, and Roddy McDowall

“Fright Night” is available on iTunes.

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