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Ep. 029 – TFFP: Fright Night (1985)

Fright Night (1985)In this episode of The Forgotten Flix Podcast, we ‘d like to welcome you to… FRIGHT NIGHT (1985)! Written and directed by Tom Holland and starring William Ragsdale, Chris Sarandon, Amanda Bearse, Stephen Geoffreys, and the late, great Roddy McDowall. So, the real question remains: does Fright Night still hold up after all these years?

Fright Night tells the tale of Charlie Brewster, a high school kid with a penchant for spying on his new neighbor. Unfortunately for Charlie, this neighbor ain’t no wife killin’ Perry Mason.

Nope, it’s Jerry Dandrige, a bloodsucking creature of the night! And when no one else will believe him that he’s in a battle for his life with the undead neighbor, he calls in the only man who can help: Peter Vincent, vampire killer!



This week’s 6 Flix Picks are movies written and/or directed by Tom Holland:

The Langoliers

The Beast Within

The Temp


Class of 1984

Child’s Play 

So, check it out and let us know what you think! You can send your feedback to or leave a voice mail message at 206.203.0491. And be sure to leave us a review on iTunes! Click here to visit our iTunes page.

Join us next week for episode 30 and our “80s Cheeseball Double Feature“: Masters of the Universe (1987) starring Dolph Lundgren, Courtney Cox, and Frank Langella followed by Garbage Pail Kids: The Movie, starring Mackenzie Astin!


7 comments for “Ep. 029 – TFFP: Fright Night (1985)

  1. August 17, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    Thanks for another very entertaining podcast guys!  Really looking forward to the “80s Cheeseball Double Feature” that you’ve got coming up next week.  Also don’t forgot to post the address for the JFFL club so we can send in our applications and donations.  LOL

    • August 18, 2011 at 12:41 am

      Hi Kevin! Yeah, the Double Feature was a doooooozy! And I’ll make sure to get you that address, but I think all donations can be sent to the State Home for the Ugly and Insane. 🙂

  2. August 18, 2011 at 7:41 am

    Another great episode, guys! I thouroghly enjoyed it and not just because FRIGHT NIGHT is one of my all time faves, but because you do such a gosh darned good job. 🙂
    I’ve loved this movie since the first time I watched it many, MANY years ago and it’s one I return to fairly regularly. Unfortunately when it was first released on VHS here in Sweden it was cut! I mention this briefly in an upcoming review, but yeah, we had pretty bad censorship here in the 80’s and some movies were more or less butchered. Horror-movies, action-movies, martial arts-movies, you name it! Hell, they even made cuts in the comedy MISCHIEF…  I bring this up because Jason talks about the transformation-scene with Evil Ed… well, that was almost cut out entirely! And don’t even get me started on CLASS OF 1984… If memory serves me right, I think that one was more or less banned. Or at least severely cut-up…
    Aaaaanyways… thanks for the laughs!! 🙂
    …and Joel? When you were searching for another movie where Ronny Cox played the villain, I WAS actually going… “It’s TOTAL RECALL, Joel… c’mon… TOTAL RECALL!” (You know me too well, my friend.)

    See how I managed to bring Catherine Mary Stewart into this, by mentioning MISCHIEF?  🙂

  3. August 22, 2011 at 1:43 am

    Cool podcast, guys, thanks for tweeting me the link. I love how you said ‘Frrrrright Night’ with gusto, as it should be spoken, ahah. I haven’t seen this movie in ages but I remember being really impressed by Chris Sarandon’s vampire. He’s seductive and terrifying at the same time, not sure if Colin Farrell can match that. From the clips/trailer I’ve seen, I’d say no but I think he does make a pretty convincing vampire.

    • August 22, 2011 at 1:49 am

      Hi Ruth, Thanks for the kind words! Yeah, I really enjoyed it (the original I mean). I’m still on the fence as to whether or not I’ll be checking out the remake at theaters. Although, I’ll eventually see it… I also agree that Sarandon had the dark, brooding presence and intensity to pull of the scary vamp bit. And while I don’t think Farrell is cut from a similar cloth, I do believe he could really use his “bad boy” persona to good effect in this role.

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