Monday, July 14, 2014

"Evil" Ed Thompson

First appearance: Fright Night (1985)

Charley Brewster is convinced his neighbour, Jerry Dandridge, is a vampire. He comes to this suspicion after seeing Jerry bite a woman on the neck and then bundling a human shaped garbage bag into the back of his car.
Turns out Charley is right.
Unfortunately since nobody believes him, he seeks the help of horror host and ex-horror film actor, Peter Vincent. Fortunately for the sake of a plot, Mr. Vincent doesn't believe him either. Eventually everyone (except Charley) is proven wrong and they all have a most Frightening Night.

Fright Night's a fun slice of '80s horror. Evil Ed and Peter Vincent steal any scene they're in. You may find Ed's laugh irritating at first, but it grows on you. He's such a strange character you can't help but enjoy his reactions to anything said to him. Peter Vincent is just as fun to watch. He's played by Roddy McDowell so you know pretty much how he's going to play things.
There's a sequel, which I've seen but remember nothing about. A comic book series that lasted 22 issues and (spoiler) brought Ed back to life. There's also a remake from 2011. It's not bad but it's also not as fun as the original. Mostly because the remake's Ed isn't as weird. There's as sequel to the remake, but I haven't seen that. I hear it's better than the remake.

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