Monster of the Day #1027 Updated on November 3, 2014 By Ken Begg 19 Comments Best vampire film of the modern era, I think. Tweet Pin It Related PostsMonster of the Day #1590 (Jun 23, 2017) Monster of the Day 1589 (Jun 22, 2017) Monster of the Day #1588 (Jun 21, 2017) Monster of the Day #1587 (Jun 20, 2017) Monster of the Day #1586 (Jun 19, 2017) By Ken Begg http://jabootu.net The Rev. This movie is just great. Not just nostalgically, either; I watched it again when the remake was released* and it held up wonderfully. Jerry Dandrige is one of my favorite screen vamps, and has perhaps the most spectacular demise of any of them. *I may see it someday, but the original is so finely done that I find myself hard-pressed to imagine they improved on it enough, or made a different enough movie, to warrant my doing so. Flangepart Hummm…FRIGHT NIGHT? Cullen Waters God is this a great movie. As a kid I taped it off WGN, editing out the commercials, so I could have a copy. I even taped the end credit’s theme on a cassette so I could hear it over and over again. Too bad about the sequel. Cullen Waters As remakes go, it’s not bad. It would have been a lot better had the original not been, y’know, in existence. Your mileage might vary, of course, but it’s not as bad as, say, The Fog remake. Gamera977 I need to dig my DVD out and watch it again. Solid movie, love McDowell as the fraidy cat TV host/monster hunter and somehow it just tickles me to see Marcie Rhodes/Darcy as a vampress! I think Ken hit the nail on the head about the vampire here being a force of spiritual and moral corruption, I always liked the movie but couldn’t really put a finger on much of the reasons until Ken pointed this out. Rock Baker You’ll get no argument from me, Ken. I’d say it was the last great vampire movie, although THE LOST BOYS has some points in it’s favor, I suppose. Eric Hinkle Yeah, it’s a great movie. One of my favorite vampire films. I just wish I could find a DVD of it. Where did you get yours? Acethepug Yes! Absolutely one of, if not the best, vampire movies ever! Ken_Begg I got mine way back in the day. Is it out of print now? I know Fright Night II finally went to Blu-Ray after never (as far as I know) getting a DVD release. I’m surprised the original wasn’t re-released on DVD when the remake came out, then. Gamera977 Yeah, I picked mine up off Amazon about five years or so ago on one of their Halloween horror movie sales. It’s still on Amazon but listed at $24.97 which is way more than I paid for it, they do have a used option there though. I had to settle for a used copy of ‘The Mouth of Madness’ – the DVD looks fine, the box is just a little scuffed up. The Blu-Ray is listed as $124.99 and up, gee I like the movie but not THAT much. Beckoning Chasm Since the original was so highly regarded, I suspect the remake would have suffered in comparison if it was widely available. Not that the remake set the box office on fire. Cullen Waters Amazon has a four film collection with it on it. Other movies include the remake of the Blob, Christine, and the Seventh Sign. I can’t speak for the quality of the DVD, but it is $8.99. Rock Baker The film was included in one of those four-movie collections recently. I got my copy of the film because Pop had it before he picked up the multi-set. Since it looked to be the exact same print, he figured he didn’t need two. Now if only I could recall what the name of the four-pack was…… Cullen Waters The Four-Movie Horror Unleashed collection? Eric Hinkle Thanks for the heads-up. GalaxyJane YMMV indeed, I got through about 45 minutes of the remake before turning it off in utter disgust, I think the Mr. made it almost to the hour mark though. When things started blowing up real good, I packed it in. Also, David Tennant is no Roddy McDowell. Cullen Waters I like Tennant and enjoyed his performance, but he isn’t a patch on McDowell. But then again who is? Rock Baker I believe so, yes. The titles you list below sound right. GalaxyJane Fair enough.