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Fright Night

1985 / d. Tom Holland
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Extremely fun and a great example of goofy 80’s horror. Charley Brewster loves late night horror movies, but what happens when he finds out that his new neighbour is nothing but an extremely sexy vampire intent on taking a bite out of all the babes in town? He finds out it’s time to kick ass, that’s what! Tom Holland (CHILD’S PLAY) directs the proceeding with an obvious love for the genre as seen in his homages to vampire films from years past. The cast has great chemistry and play off each other brilliantly, from Chris Sarandon’s seductive portrayal of the heavy to Roddy McDowell’s powerhouse presence as hammy horror actor Peter Vincent (get it?).  The movie is a Hammer Film with a very 80’s mentality; we go from the foreboding and fog-enshrouded house of the vampire to a scintillating scene inside a nightclub where Sarandon lays the charm on the dance floor. You can’t help but smile good-heartedly at the cheese and warmth that emanates from this film. It’s not all silly references and fun games though; there are moments of genuine terror and surprise, especially when the vampires are seen in all their freaky bat-faced glory. The very definition of a feel-good horror flick with a little bite thrown in for good measure. Sequel: FRIGHT NIGHT PART II. (JC)

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Evil Dead 2

1987 / d. Sam Raimi
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Essentially a remake of the first film, but this time brimming with nonstop tongue-in-cheek (or more accurately eyeball-in-mouth) and slapstick humour. Bruce Campbell reprises his role as Ash, hamming it up to the max with an over-the-top performance that never fails to put a smile on my face. Director Sam Raimi pulled no punches and managed to crank the gore-dial even higher, offering enough arterial spray and flesh trauma to satisfy any gore connoisseur.

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Elvira: Mistress of the Dark

1988 / d. James Signorelli
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There’s a touch of mature innuendo, but it’s a treat to see Cassandra Peterson’s alter ego host in a full length picture. The plot’s a predictable fish out of water scenario; with sexy Elvira taking an inheritance in a quiet, conservative town. Nevertheless, Peterson’s wit, bosom, and personality are all in spooky good fun.