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Fright Night Review


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B-movies don't deserve any special treatment. Some people think we need to lower our standards for such productions, but to me, a movie is a movie, and each must stand on its own merits. Fright Night, the popular 1985 scream-feast by Tom Holland, is truly a B-movie. But it knows that and uses all the traditional B-movie clichés: campy situations, high school students, cheesy performances, bare breasts, make-out scenes, and so on. It's often a laughable exposition of silliness.

But often it's not, and during the second half, the movie does indeed offer some big screams. Suspend disbelief for two hours, follow the story, and you might find yourself having a good time during Fright Night. The first half doesn't work. It lacks style, suspense, and intrigue, and the characters are not very interesting. The real scares find an outlet in the third act, and boy, will some of those scenes give me nightmares for a long time to come. Unfortunately, even with a man's flesh melting from his skeleton before our eyes, I wanted more from the film.

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