Nobody believes teenager Charley Brewster (William Ragsdale) when he discovers that his suave new neighbor, Jerry Dandridge (Chris Sarandon), is a vampire. So when the bloodsucker starts stalking Charley, he turns to has-been actor Peter Vincent (Roddy McDowall), famed for portraying a ghoul hunter. Unfortunately for the would-be vampire slayers, Dandridge has set his sights on Charlie’s girlfriend in this clever spoof of the horror genre.
Fright Night is a rare 1980s cult classic made back when vampires were scary monsters, though still embodied by sexy suave gentlemen in the vein of Dracula. A follow up sequel was also made with Charley reprising his role and encountering vampires once again. A 2011 remake and unrelated sequel have extended the Fright Night franchise with equally strong and violent vampires.