Its tone is never exactly comedic and its horrific touches are more disgusting than scary.
Janet Maslin - New York Times
Fright Night is not a distinguished movie, but it has a lot of fun being undistinguished.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Chris Sarandon is terrific as the vampire, quite affable and debonair until his fingernails start to grow and his eyes get that glow.
Variety Staff - Variety
Fright Night is a tidy little contemporary variation on the vampire horror movie.
Richard T. Jameson - Parallax View
Makes up for a dearth of scares with cheeky self-referentiality.
Nick Schager - Lessons of Darkness
Underrated horror film is modern classic.
Steve Crum - Video-Reviewmaster.com
The teen horror that was way before its time in the comedy parody stakes.
Ian Nathan - Empire Magazine
It is McDowall who makes this film better than it should be with his performance as the ham actor.
Dean Essner - Film4
A minor classic of the genre, this is a memorable addition to the vampire tradition in the horror film.
Dean Essner - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Neil Cohen - Echo Magazine
This horror classic brings together great talent for an entertaining, and spooky vampire tale; helped inspire "Disturbia."
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Film Threat
Tom Holland's directorial debut is a wildly entertaining concoction that perfectly blends horror and comedy. Roddy McDowall steals the show as TV horror host Peter Vincent.
Chuck O'Leary - Fantastica Daily
It shouldn't even begin to work, and yet, strangely, it does, sort of, thanks to the assured handling of writer/director Holland.
Dean Essner - Time Out
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
You'll scream, You'll laugh.....You'll want to press rewind
Clint Morris - Moviehole
Eric Melin - Lawrence.com
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Decent little horror film with an unusual twist or two.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Jake Euker - F5 (Wichita, KS)
Four words: You're so COOL, Brewster...!
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
Spence D. - IGN Movies
Blake French - Filmcritic.com
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
A run-of-the mill vampire film buoyed by Sarandon's tragic villain and McDowall's wonderful would-be Van Helsing
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
For my money, Chris Sarandon makes the best vampire in movie history.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Classic vampire movie, goofy scarefest before Scream did it.
Kevin Fiddler - Henderson Home News (Henderson, NV)
Surprisingly cheeky horror film that makes for good repeated viewings
Jon Niccum - Lawrence Journal-World
Brian J. Arthurs - Beach Reporter (Southern California)
A darn solid little vampire flick. Mixes horror, comedy and affection for the genre into one tasty dish. And Roddy's just great in this one.
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com