Welcome back ladies and gents to Bloodsucker Sequels. Now I know I am violating this concept already but I never got around to reviewing this particular title prior and then tomorrow I can do its sequel good and proper. What do you do when your next door neighbor is a monster? Well don't call the cops. Get Blade. No Blade option? Burn down the house...or you go the route of Charley Brewster. This is Fright Night.
|Tater tots on Ala carte?? Hot damn!|
Welcome to Fright Night. For real. An excellent line for a cheeseball 80's horror film full of fun, goofs, gore and some sythesizer music with sweet, sweet jazz. Horror buff, comic book nerd Charley Brewster (William Ragsdale of Fright Night, Smooth Talk, Mannequin: On the Move, Herman's Head, Ellen, Just a Little Harmless Sex, Brother's Keeper, Grosse Pointe, Judging Amy, Big Momma's House 2 and Road House 2: Last Call) is a typical, horny teenager ruled by his hormones and girlfriend Amy (Amanda Bearse of All My Children, Protocol, Fright Night, Married with Children, The Doom Generation, Give or Take an Inch and Shy Sharks) won't give it up. Bummer dude! Meh, like I care if the kids are screwing like bunnies.
|Psst Charley, vampire wingman get you laid!|
To help distract him of his blue balls, a has-been actor that host a late night TV show Fright Night, Peter Vincent (Roddy McDowall of That Darn Cat!, Batman, Planet of the Apes, The Legend of Robin Hood, Journey to Murder, Pretty Maids All in a Row, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, The Poseidon Adventure, The Legend of Hell House, Planet of the Apes TV series, The Fantastic Journey and Circle of Iron) to tell tales of vampires slain and how to dispatch them... foreshadow much? Next door the house that has been abandoned on the block for ages has a van move up on it as two men unload items and one of those items resembles a coffin? How bizarre.
Jerry Danridge (Chris Sarandon of Dog Day Afternoon, The Day Christ Died, Protocol, Fright Night, The Princess Bride, Child's Play, Slaves of New York, Whispers, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Bordello of Blood and Let the Devil Wear Black) appears to be a charming, sexy and captivating man about town but only at night. Charley witnesses Jerry feeding on a lady of ill repute and see his manservant Billy (Project X, House II: The Second Story, Rain Man, The Spirit of '76, Career Opportunities, Mom and Dad Save the World, Ellen and Stop It) take plastic bags out roughly about the size of a body.
|Acid reflux's final stage!|
Amy and Charley's buddy Ed "Evil Ed" (Stephen Geoffreys of Fright Night, At Close Range, 976-EVIL, Moon 44, Wild Blade, Sex on the Beach, The Leather Virgin, Motel Sex, Manhunt, Cock Pit, Butt Blazer, Buff and Gay and Private Temptations) harass Peter Vincent to convince Charley that he has an overactive imagination. Low and behold Jerry cast no reflexation in a mirror. Jerry abducts Amy later in the evening and leaves Charley to bring Vincent into his fight against the undead. Can Charley and Peter fight Jerry and his manservant? Will they save Amy before she is turned?
SFX creature FX gurus Dale Brady and Bill Sturgeon (Ghostbusters, Aliens, House, The Blob, Cast a Deadly Spell, Demented, The Thing, Howling II: ... Your Sister Is a Werewolf and Beetlejuice) do a combination of prosthetic makeup and appliances and some stop motion creatures with skeletal and mechanical designs.
It is campy, gory and a lot of fun. Don't take it seriously and you will enjoy it that much more and well straight ladies and gay fellas, Chris Sarandon shirtless in the 80s will be worth the viewing.
|Did I remember to tape Elvira last night?|