Picks and Pans Review: Fright Night

UPDATED 08/19/1985 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 08/19/1985 at 01:00 AM EDT

Chris (Protocol) Sarandon makes a nice modern vampire—a fellow who wears turtle-necks, likes to dance and has a demeanor making him resemble Mister Rogers with a severe overbite. Young William Ragsdale and Amanda Bearse make an appealing enough teenage couple in jeopardy. Roddy McDowall, as a TV horror-show host pressed into service to perform some real-life vampiricide, has some funny moments. But basically this movie was made, a lot better, by Roman Polanski back in 1967 as The Fearless Vampire Killers. This is a harmless film (if far too gory for young children). But maybe now someone ought to start a campaign to drape wreaths made from films about garlic and wolfsbane around all the projectors in the country. (R)

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