Fright Night (1985) is Quintessential Eighties Horror


Talk about a quintessential 1980s film. “Fright Night” truly embodies the Reagen decade with visions of neon permed sexuality and inexplicable club life. In short, I loved it. Roddy McDowall, as always is subtle and hilarious. One can really see why Johnny Depp chose to emulate his mannerisms in “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”. Although Mr. Depp is a good actor, when you want a Roddy McDowall it is best to go straight to the source.

Peter Vincent, The Mighty Vampire Hunter
Peter Vincent, The Mighty Vampire Hunter

One of the most debated characters in this film is the “Billy” character. What is he? He is certainly undead. I mean c’mon he turns into sand when he dies. Yes he cannot be a vampire can he? He is able to move around during the day. Since this is a pre-daywalker era I can only assume he is either a vampire variant or some other type of undead. Maybe a zombie or a ghoul? I tried looking online for creatures that turn into sand when they die, but couldn’t find anything. Anyone have any ideas?

Weird thing, I have never seen Fright Night 2, but it is now in my Netflix Queue and should come by the end of the month.


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