I wanted to end this inaugural Halloween at LittlePlasticCastle.com with a bang.
So, that said, I proudly present, my review of the as of yet unsurpassed original 1985 Fright Night.
I think that alongside Beetlejuice, Hocus Pocus & Monster squad, Fright Night must be one of the definitive Halloween horror films. (Well if you’re going for the Halloween vibe, not the stab, stab, death, horror, stab, run, slash, horror, death, death of other franchises)
The creature effects just smack of the 80’s ‘can do’ attitude, the dress sense is understandably awful, but I still love this movie.
4 out of 5
It’s an 80’s movie, leave your analytic brain in the fridge and just enjoy the visual candy.
Probably one of the best creature effects movies I can think of. Seriously, it has it all.
Minor things, nothing worth detailing here. Even the ghastly 80’s synth styled soundtrack was fun
See any sentence above. In case it wasn’t clear before – I’d recommend this one.
In an opening scene that has done anything but age well, we meet Charlie Brewster (played by William ‘I could have sworn he was that guy from gremlins but turned out he wasn’t’ Ragsdale) who in the manner of all hormone fuelled teenage boys is trying to coax Amy his girlfriend of a year into the most intimate of intimacies.
What can I say; the man makes a good case, even if it was weakly executed one year dating and zero boob?
I did find myself thinking that Amy was maybe a little more than repressed herself. Denying someone else for a good reason is one thing but denying yourself – now that’s just unhealthy.
Fun fact: Amy is played by Amanda ‘shell suit wearing Marcy from Married with children’ Bearse. I had to look that one up!
Anyway moving swiftly on, after Amy agrees that they should be sharing that special kind of hug, Charlie spots his new neighbours carrying what appears to be a coffin into their new house.
The usual ‘if there are unexplained coffins floating around in the vicinity, you’d better be paying attention’ rule instantly removes the sexy from Charlie’s mood. The now shirtless Amy gets understandably angry, leaving him with the classic line:
“I don’t understand you, first you want to make love, then you don’t!”
You’ve just got to love the 80’s.
Charlie spends the rest of the film trying to convince the world that the ‘oh so suave' apple eating gentleman living next door is really is a savage blood thirsty vampire.
(Played by Chris ‘despite the polar/turtle neck you find me very, very sexy indeed’ Sarandon) The vampire has that come hither quality that seems to have been lost in recent years.
The horror of the monster next door element really hit me hard on this viewing. Although I’ve seen this movie more than once over the years, it struck home in a big way this time. As if I was seeing it for the first time.
other highlights include:
Watching Fright Night with the Mrs (an untainted new comer) was a completely different experience. She cooed and awed the whole way through. It was nice to be reminded that a movie doesn't need a convoluted reason to be good.
I hope you enjoy it too.
Happy Halloween everyone, eat butt-loads of candy and don’t forget to check the closet before bedtime too.