3. Fright Night
“I am Peter Vincent, vampire killer!”
Fright Night is one of the absolute best vamp-camp movies. It is the movie so good, they’re doing it twice. The remake of Fright Night, starring Colin Farrell, Anton Yelchin, David Tennant , Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Toni Collette and Imogen Poots is in post-production now.
Fright Night tells the story of a teenage boy, Charlie Brewster, who makes the terrifying discovery that his handsome next door neighbor, Jerry Dandridge, is in fact, a blood sucking creature of the night. As an obsessive horror enthusiast, he finds it difficult to find anyone in a legitimate position of authority to believe him. So he must turn to his rather odd best friend, “Evil” Ed, and Peter Vincent, the host of his favorite late night show Fright Night. Soon, Charlie is engaged in a battle for his life, and the lives of his loved ones, against Jerry, the evil vampire, and seducer of young women. To complicate matters, vampire Jerry, has a particular interest in Charlies comely girlfriend, Amy.
Fright Night is one of the films on this list that is actually a bit – frightening. It manages to be fun, scary and strangely romantic all at once. The original lead, Chris Sarandon, exuded all of the qualities (we used to) think of as vampiric. He was dark, mysterious, sexy, sensual, hypnotic, droll and suddenly deadly.
Take a look at Sarandon and actress Amanda Bearse in the films infamous seduction scene below (1980s fabulous and NSFW due to risque content):
As much as I love the original, I do have hopes for the remake. I believe it can benefit from updated technology and contemporization, and if done properly, will maintain all of the elements that made the original so entertaining. However, I will say this: The actors with the biggest shoes to fill are Colin Farrell and Christopher Mintz-Plass. For Chris Sarandon and Stephen Geoffreys as the original ‘Evil’ Ed Thompson and Jerry Dandrige, respectively, were well near perfect in their roles.
If you have not yet seen the original, please do take the time prior to the release of the remake, I promise you, will not regret it.