This is one of the most famous 1980s horror classics, full of gore and suspense. It was very scary at the time when it got released and nowadays it is still a fun and entertaining flick. Its popularity followed in sequels and remakes, as well. Movies about vampires have always attracted viewers and these are no exception.
How Many Fright Night Movies Are There?
There are four Fright Night movies, the original is from 1985 and it is considered to be one of the classics in its genre. Its sequel got out in 1988 and it didn’t receive the popularity of the original but it is still worth watching. The remake Fright Night from 2011 was really not bad but it shouldn’t be compared to the original since it will never get its cult status. The weakest of all is Fright Night 2: New Blood from 2013.
Fright Night Movies in Order (at a glance)
As mentioned, the first movie was released in 1985 and its sequel followed three years later. It got a remake in the 2010s which was followed by a sequel two years later. The release dates are as follows:
- Fright Night (1985)
- Fright Night Part 2 (1988)
- Fright Night (2011)
- Fright Night 2: New Blood (2013)
Are Fright Night Movies Connected?
The first two movies are connected since the sequel happens three years after the events in the first movie. All the movies have the same characters, Charley Brewster and his helper Peter Vincent, and some supporting characters, as well. The stories themselves are not connected since the events in the sequels continue where the events ended in the first part. The Fright Night from 2011 is the remake of the one from 1985 and in its sequel, we follow Brewster and Vincent once again.
Do You Need to Watch Fright Night Movies in a Specific Order?
You don’t have to watch the movies in a specific order but it would be best to start with the original to get to know the characters and their stories. If you want to understand the story in the sequels better, it would be advised to begin with the first part where the characters are portrayed in more depth than later.
What Is the Best Way to Watch Fright Night Movies?
The best way to watch the movies is in chronological order. Since the 2011 movie is the remake of the one from 1985, it is basically the same story so you can choose which to see. But since the original from 1985 is the most interesting and intriguing, the best way is to start with it and continue with its sequel.
Fright Night Movies in Chronological Order:
1. Fright Night (1985)
Charley Brewster is a youngster who enjoys watching horror movies and especially Fright Night, a television horror program, hosted by a former movie vampire hunter Peter Vincent. When Charlie finds out that his new neighbor is a real vampire, responsible for the disappearance of numerous people, he decides to deal with him before informing the authorities. He asks his girlfriend and his friend for help, and even Peter Vincent, getting into more danger than he ever thought.
2. Fright Night Part 2 (1988)
It has been three years since the bloody nightmarish events in Fright Night and after numerous therapy sessions, it seems that Charley Brewster is finally on terms with everything that happened. He decides to break all bonds that remind him of these events but when a mysterious actress Regine Dandrige enters his town with a group of eccentric friends, he is well aware that history might be repeating itself.
3. Fright Night (2011)
This is the remake of the famous Fright Night from 1985 where we once again meet Charley Brewster (played by Anton Yelchin) who is convinced that his new next-door neighbor Jerry Dandrige (Colin Farrell) is a bloodthirsty vampire responsible for a number of recent deaths in town.No one believes his theories so he decides to team up with a self-proclaimed vampire hunter and Las Vegas magician Peter Vincent (David Tennant) who will help him fight Jerry.
4. Fright Night 2: New Blood (2013)
In this sequel, Gerri Dandrige is a professor by day and a real-life vampire by night. Her next victims are a group of high school students who travel abroad to Romania. But her blood thirst is unstoppable and she also plans to bathe in the blood of a “new-moon virgin” who happens to be Charley Brewster’s ex-girlfriend, Amy. Once again, Charley turns to Peter Vincent, hoping he will help him stop Gerri and save Amy.
Where to Watch Fright Night Movies?
You can watch Fright Night (2011) on Disney +, Netflix, and Amazon Prime Video. You can watch Prime Night (1985) on Netflix and Amazon Prime Video and Fright Night 2 (1988) and Fright Night 2 (2013) on Amazon Prime Video.
Will There Be More Fright Night Movies?
There has been news from 2022 that the novelization, written by Holland (the writer and director of the original Fright Night) and A.Jack Ulrich will be the first installment of a new trilogy. The fans will be delighted to hear that not only there will be more Fright Night in the future, but there will be additions to the original story, too.