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Fright Night Review


Very Good
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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Fright Night Part II Review


OK
The original Fright Night is a mini classic of gore and gags -- so why wouldn't you follow it up with a sequel?

Fright Night Part II picks up three years later, after Charley (William Ragsdale) has been therapized into believing that vampires don't exist, which does him little good when the sister (Julie Carmen) of Chris Sarandon's vampire from Fright I, comes after him for vengeance. Soon enough Charley's turning vamp himself... so it's Roddy McDowall's vampire hunter to the rescue once again.

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Just A Little Harmless Sex Review


Weak
In the grand tradition of fine, adult fare like Body Shots comes this unforgettable Jonathan Silverman vehicle featuring a man (and his two friends) who "accidentally" cheats on his wife (and her two friends)... and the one night none of them will forget! Wow, I should go into promo copywriting. Anyway, this embarrassing bit of fluff is essentially harmless yet overwhelmingly forgettable, with the possible exception of Kimberly Williams' drunken strip tease wherein she loses only her shirt. Talk about phony advertising....
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