See why a remake of this movie will be released next month with this week’s free movie pick recommended to Chicago’s Comcast On Demand subscribers. In 1985’s Fright Night, William Ragsdale, (The Reaping), stars as Charley Brewster, a teenage horror movie fan whose main focus is getting into his girlfriend pants. However, when a new neighbor moves in and Charley gets a glimpse of his strange nighttime appearance and behavior, Charley’s focus quickly changes.
Convinced that his new neighbor is not only a vampire but responsible for the recent neighborhood murders, Charley goes to anyone – including the police – that he thinks will help. Unfortunately for Charley, no one believes in vampires, and his efforts to find help only aid in getting him labeled a nut. Meanwhile, Charley’s new neighbor has terrifyingly let him know that he is, in fact, right, and will be coming after Charley next.
In a last ditch effort, Charley then seeks the help of his favorite vampire television show actor, Peter Vincent, (Roddy McDowell, Planet of the Apes),who’s professed on TV that he, if no one else, still believes in vampires. Vincent, however, lied, and also believes Charley is bat crazy. Consequently, with his time running out, Charley must find a way to face and kill the vampire once and for all, even if he has to do so alone.
With a sequel released three years later, and now a remake scheduled to be released next month, Fright Night has struck a cord among horror fans. It’s ability to poke fun of at itself while taking its job of scaring people seriously makes it interesting and engaging to watch. Fright Night also contains noticeably good performances not only from Ragsdale and McDowell, but also from Chris Sarandon, (The Nightmare Before Christmas), as the vampire, Amanda Bearse, (Married with Children) as Charley’s girlfriend, and ‘80s horror movie favorite Stephen Geoffreys, (976-EVIL), as Charley’s friend “Evil” Ed. So check out Fright Night On Demand, and see why Colin Farrell, (Phone Booth), David Tennant, (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire), and Christopher Mintz-Plassem (Superbad), all want to be a part of giving movie-goers fright for one more night.
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