A Month of Horror: Day 18

18 October

Movie: Fright Night (1985)
Book:
They Hunger


Chris Sarandon as a sexy vampire and Roddy McDowall as an aging B movie star who is reduced to late night TV host. Seriously, that's all you really need to make you go pick this one up, right? Fortunately,
Fright Night is quite a bit more. It captures the feeling of being young and helpless in a world of grown-ups. The young protagonist learns that the new neighbor is a vampire, but no one will listen to him. He goes to the only person who might be able to help, the star of a number of vampire hunter movies. Of course, he is just an actor and the neighbor really is a creature of the night.

How can you resist a novel which has been called "Deliverance with vampires?" You can't. A pair of antiabortion terrorists flee into the Appalachian mountains just as a group of outdoor clothing designers take on a treacherous stretch of white water to prove the worth of their new clothing line. Having these two meet up would create more than enough tension for a typical thriller, but Nicholson adds huge creatures with leathery wings...