Tuesday, October 22, 2013

HMM '13: Fright Night

It's October! The doorway to not only the start of the greatest food season (early October to Christmas), but also to sexy nurses, zombies, and grown men dressing up like ponies. That also means it is time once again for Halloween Movie Madness! This year, I'll be taking a look back at the movies of my youth. Every movie this year was released before I turned eighteen. These are the Halloween movies that shaped me into the man I am today. Some of them are scary. Some are funny. Some are fantastical. Some are just weird. And not all of them are good. But to me, they are all Halloween movies. Now, stand back, for your own safety!

Fright Night

Fright Night 1985 Poster

Let me start out by saying sorry for not having a HMM yesterday.  I've been dealing with a sinus infection for a few days, and it got the better of me Sunday night/Monday and I just wasn't up to watching and writing about a scary movie.  Last night, however, I toughed it out and watched Fright Night.  I'm very glad I did.

It's been way too long since the last time I had watched Fright Night.  I wanted to watch it around the time the remake came out a few years back, but I just never got around to it.  This movie is easily one of my favorites, and it's one of the best vampire movies out there.

What I remember most from seeing this movie as a kid is the reluctant vampire hunter, Peter Vincent, played by Roddy McDowall.  Peter is the host of the TV show called Fright Night.  Peter was also in a bunch of B horror movies as a vampire hunter.  I remember that the main vampire is Prince Humperdinck.  And The main character, Charlie, was played by the guy who ended up starring in Herman's Head

The movie begins with Charlie trying to get lucky with his girlfriend, only she doesn't want to go that far yet.  She tries to distract him by telling him Peter Vincent is on the TV, but he ignores it.  Then, he sees the new neighbor moving coffins in to the house next door, and that gets his attention.  Through the early part of the movie, Charlie discovers that his neighbor is a vampire, but no one believes him.  Not even Peter Vincent at first.  He changes his mind when he encounters one on his own, and he decided to help Charlie kill his vampire neighbor.

Fright Night is a must-see movie for anyone who claims to be a fan of horror movies.  When I said it was one of the best vampire movies out there, I meant it.  Even the sequel is decent.

Today's Gifs Without Context are also fairly decent.