Once again during this time of pandemic, when cinephiles (like me) and Horror junkies (like me) are deprived of new movies in the theater, the drive-in saved my weekend. This past Saturday night I caught a fantabulous double-feature of CHRISTINE and the original FRIGHT NIGHT. I’d never seen either up on the big screen, so it was an extra treat.
The same is true of FRIGHT NIGHT as is of THE LOST BOYS (which I also got to catch recently at the drive-in!). I saw it and liked it when it came out—those glorious days of the VCR and the video store!—but I didn’t realize at the time, and I don’t think anybody else did, either, just what we had on our hands with the film: a modern masterpiece, a new classic, and one of the best vampire movies ever made. As with THE LOST BOYS, the movie’s tongue remains in its cheek, but the humor never overwhelms the horror. It never becomes impossible to take the film seriously. And you know, Chris Sarandon made for one hell of an effective vampire! My opinion regarding the movie’s one weakness remains unchanged from my first viewing, though: I simply don’t like Amanda Bierce in this movie. I don’t much care for her work, period. She’s always the same; even before she became Marcie from MARRIED WITH CHILDREN she was Marcie from MARRIED WITH CHILDREN. She just has no screen presence in this movie, and that becomes even more obvious considering how good the rest of the cast is. Still, it’s a miniscule flaw, since her character is really more of a Maguffin that anything else, anyway.