Fright Night (1985)

USA, 1984
106m, 2860 metres
35mm film, filmed in Panavision, Metrocolor, 2.35:1
Dolby Stereo, English

An American horror film directed by Tom Holland.

Plot Summary

Horror loving Charlie Brewster finds that his new neighbour is a vampire and calls upon reluctant horror host Peter Vincent to help him.


Directed by: Tom Holland
© Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc.
Columbia Pictures presents a Vistar Films production. A Tom Holland film. From Columbia-Delphi IV Productions
Produced by: Herb Jaffe
Associate Producer: Jerry A. Baerwitz
Written by: Tom Holland
Director of Photography: Jan Kiesser
Edited by: Kent Beyda
Music by: Brad Fiedel
Production Sound Mixer: Don Rush
Costume Designer: Robert Fletcher
Make-up Artist: Ken Diaz
Hairstylist: Marina Pedraza
Special Effects: Michael Lantieri, Darrell Pritchett, Clayton Pinney, Albert Lannutti
Visual Effects Produced by: Richard Edlund
Visual Effects: Entertainment Effects Group, Los Angeles

Chris Sarandon (Jerry Dandrige)
William Ragsdale (Charley Brewster)
Amanda Bearse (Amy Peterson)
Stephen Geoffreys (‘Evil' Ed Thompson)
Jonathan Stark (Billy Cole)
Dorothy Fielding (Judy Brewster)
Art J. Evans (Detective Lennox)
Roddy McDowall (Peter Vincent)
Stewart Stern (cook)
Nick Savage (bouncer #1)
Ernie Holmes (bouncer #2)
Heidi Sorenson (hooker)
Irina Irvine (teenage girl)
Robert Corff (Jonathan)
Pamela Brown (Miss Nina)
Chris Hendrie (newscaster)
Prince A. Hughes (bouncer #3)

Alternative Titles

Ammazzavampiri – Italian title
Fright Night – Die rabenschwarze Nacht – West German title
A Hora do Espanto – Brazilian title
Kauhun yö – Finnish title
Noche de miedo – Spanish title
La noche del espanto – Venezuelan title
A Noite do Espanto – Portuguese title
Nyhta tromou – Greek title
Die Rabenschwarze Nacht – West German title
Skräcknatten – Swedish title
Vampire, vous avez dit vampire? – French title

Fright Night Part 2 (1988)

Fright Night (2011)
Kai xin gui jing ling (1986)

Includes extracts from
Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things (1973)
Octaman (1971)
Premature Burial (1962)
of Dracula (1970)

Extracts included in
Gys og ketchup (1994)


L'Écran Fantastique no.52 (January 1985) p.10 – note (Cineflash: Echos de tournage by Glles Polinien)
Video Watchdog no.184 (June 2017) pp.7-8 – illustrated review (by Kim Newman)

The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.398
Cinematic by John L. Flynn pp.263-266
Comedy-Horror Films: A Chronological History, 1914-2008 by Bruce G. Hallenbeck pp.137-139; 220 – review; credits
Dracula in Visual Media: Film, Television, Comic Book and Electronic Game Appearances, 1921-2010 by John Edgar Browning and Caroline Joan (Kay) Picart p.90
Euro Gothic: Classics of Continental Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby p.405
Horror and Science Fiction Films IV by Donald C. Willis p.187
Horror Films of the 1980s by John Kenneth Muir pp.442-446 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review
Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Film Sequels, Series, and Remakes by Kim R. Holston and Tom Winchester p.227-228
Top 100 Horror Movies by Gary Gerani p.35 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review