Fright Night Review
Written by: Ash's missing hand
The best line in "Fright Night" belongs to Roddy McDowall, who plays an old, broken-down actor who used to star in vampire movies. He complains "the kids today don't have the patience for vampire movies". He is so right.
"Fright Night" attempts to correct that. Charley (William Ragsdale) is a teenager who becomes convinced that vampires have moved in next door. The vampires flaunt their unholy deeds such as performing their rituals in front of open windows, and disposing of their victims in large plastic garbage bags. They are safe in the knowledge that nobody believes in vampires anymore.
Charley calls the cops and the vampires have an explanation for their activities. Charley says that there has to be a coffin in the basement and the cops warn him to stop wasting their time. When the vampires start to threaten Charley, the only place left for him to turn is Peter Vincent (Roddy McDowall), the former B-movie actor who has just been fired from his job as the host of the local late night creature features. Vincent knows all about vampires and how to detect, repel, and kill them. For 50 dollars, he is behind on his rent, he agrees to have a go at the vampires.
The first half of the movie is funny. The second half unleashes alot of great F/X work by Richard Edlund. Roddy McDowall plays his character as an homage to Peter Cushing and Vincent Price. "Fright Night" is just alot of fun.