Tom Holland’s 1985 vampire flick is still a blast over 35 years after it was first released. On a tonal level Fright Night is very similar to Joel Schumacher’s fellow stylish ‘80s bite pic The Lost Boys. It’s not quite as good as that film, but Chris Sarandon is great as the Nosfertau living next door to a young film fan. Roddy Mc Dowell is also good value as the horror show presenter who aids our young hero (William Ragsdale) in his battle against the undead.
Craig Gillespie directed a 2011 remake starring Colin Farrell, Anton Yelchin, David Tennant, Imogen Poots and Toni Collette. it wasn’t bad but it lacked the bite of Tom Holland’s original.
This image shows Chris Sarandon in make-up alongside director Tom Holland and special effects guru Steve Johnson. Fright Night grossed $24.9 million at the US box office when it was released in 1985.