The Greatest Horror Movie Moments!
by: Protoclown

With the Fright Night remake in theaters now, it seems like the perfect time to take a look back at the original classic. I had a hard time choosing between the moment where Chris Sarandon's vampire turns into a bat that looks like a rabid chihuahua and attacks our intrepid heroes or the melty moment depicted below, but I ended up choosing the latter because it's just so perfectly 1980s in its special effects that you just have to love it.

During the final confrontation where Charley Brewster and movie vampire hunter/ horror host Peter Vincent break into vampire Jerry Dandridge's house to rescue Charley's girlfriend, they encounter Dandridge's "live-in carpenter" who tries to halt their progress. I certainly got the impression that Dandridge's carpenter was a lot more than just that, and I'm sure there was quite a bit of "woodworking" going on, if you know what I mean. And though Dandridge is busy trying to get with Charley's girlfriend throughout the movie, it's a well-known fact that vampires swing every which way.

The carpenter, Billy Cole, calmly walks up the stairs though Vincent is pointing a gun right at him. He doesn't give a shit, because he's got to protect his vampire master, and he probably reckons that the old man, being no more than a b-movie actor, doesn't have the stones to kill him.

Well, boy was he wrong about that! He sure has egg (and bullet) on his face when Peter Vincent pops one in his forehead at point-blank range! Looks like it's Bedtime for Bonzo!

Billy goes tumbling down the stairs and lands in a heap at the bottom. Well, that sure was anticlimactic, wasn't it? But WAIT! There's more!

Charley and Peter continue up the stairs to take care of Prince Humperdinck, when unbeknownst to them, Billy sits back up behind them. And though in the image below, it looks like he begins doing sit-ups, that is not what actually happens. But I would like to take this opportunity to stress that fitness is important, even for the undead and their ghoulish servants.

Our heroes continue walking up the staircase when suddenly they hear a creak on the steps behind them, and they suddenly become aware that all is not well!

Charley and Peter turn to see Billy Cole shambling up the stairs like a zombie, coming at them with blood gushing out of his head wound. Peter unloads, pumping him full of lead and he tumbles down the stairs again, his body shrouded by convenient smoke! Just when Charley and Peter are sure he must be finished off by now, Billy pops up out of the smoke, reaching for his targets. Holy shit, is this guy determined or what? Bullets don't even slow him down!

Billy makes the right call here and grabs for Peter, the guy with the gun. He lifts him up over his head with some kind of super strength and is preparing to toss him aside when the quick-thinking Charley grabs a piece of wood that happens to be laying around and stabs him in the chest with it.

At this point we hear a noise that sounds like Billy is pissing himself, and hey, no judging here--if I was stabbed in the chest with a big chunk of wood, I'd probably piss myself too. But Billy has no need for embarrassment, because he's not pissing himself after all! What a relief! He's only leaking green goo all over the floor instead. Our heroes watch in shock as Billy begins to melt and decay right before their eyes! He turns to green goo, his flesh falls off, and then eventually he starts leaking sand, until there's nothing left but a smoking skeleton that falls back on the staircase and shatters into a thousand pieces.

The skull however tumbles to the bottom of the stairs and skids across the floor, bouncing off a cabinet and coming to a rest with its mouth open. Billy had a pretty decent death before this, but it's the sliding skull that really proves he died in style.


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Reader Comments

Sep 8th, 2011, 03:46 AM
Talk about over kill.
Forum Chaos Lord
Sep 8th, 2011, 04:19 AM
This movie was referenced in Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness (As well as Castlevania 64, the game's inferior first release). You encounter a Vampire Hunter who dresses exactly like Peter. His name?

Charlie Vincient.

Ironically, he's central to the game's plot despite being a somewhat lacking fighter. If you take too long to beat the game, he gets Vampire'd, which results in the protagonists not being able to see through the evil count's horrific disguise (as a little boy), to the point of the disguised kid flirting it up with Carrie. Talk about bad end.

If you arrive in time, however, Vincent immediately sniffs Drac out, however, and Holy Waters his ass, causing the count to TRUEFORM and triggering the last boss fight.
taco loving zombie
Sep 8th, 2011, 11:43 AM
i love thosse skulls that look like they are angry like the ones in army of darkness
Superior Electric Sheep
Sep 8th, 2011, 03:34 PM
Today's horror movies play out too realistically that for me all is lost. We have enough roaming murderers, sociopaths, etc in society that we don't need them on the big screen in the same capacity. Horror films in the past I feel balanced things well, enough that it wasn't too realistic that they ended up polarizing film goers. I like a little humor, a little scare, and some action. Sometimes, I don't even mind being messed with some and occasionally have an ultra serious horror film. However, today's horror films are just torture porn and at times too realistic and show too much - relying on heavily computer manipulated special effects or gags that results in too many visual thrills that keep you from appreciating everything else that completes the film. It's like stuffing yourself full of your favorite concession stand candy and chugging too much soda - you aren't going to feel too good at the end.

I love Fright Night. It has the right level of cheese, seriousness, interesting special effects choices, and nostalgic paybacks. The cast chemistry is good. The acting is not by any means like Oscar worthy but it fits the movie well. Very much a classic in my film library.
Forum Virgin
Sep 8th, 2011, 11:38 PM
I was very heavily expecting some Evil Eddie. Talk about casting the perfect person for a role. As replicant stated, the casting is great. He seemed to really get off on being a vampire, like being bitten was awesome. He was creepy before, but he got really nasty after that, like he was enjoying being evil, and I thought it was just perfect. I agree, perfect cheese. I refuse to see the new version. Although, I have to say, seeing Marcy from Married with Children in another role is very, very odd and funny. Like the first time you see a respected family member get tore up, odd and hilarious.
Sep 9th, 2011, 03:36 AM
I have no clue why they decided to remake this movie. The original is pretty damn perfect in it's own way and from what I can see from the previews the new film has absolutely, positively, nothing to do with the original other than the names of the characters and the title.

This seems to be a trend in hollywood today... remaking a film based on it's cool title alone. (I'm looking at YOU Karate Kid!)
Sympathizes with the foo'
Sep 22nd, 2011, 12:35 PM
Well, I sure as hell ain't looking at the Karate Kid remake.

Fun fact about this movie: did you know that the makeup for vampire Amy was originally going to used for the librarian specter in Ghostbusters? It's not hard to guess why they rejected it.
Smooth Operator
Sep 2nd, 2012, 04:34 AM
Another fun fact: The actor that played Evil Ed followed up this role by breaking into the world of gay porn.

No lie.
Forum Virgin
Nov 12th, 2012, 03:46 PM
The actor who played Evil Ed also starred in 976-EVIL, Robert Englund's directorial debut. As for Ed's gay porn history, I came across sources saying either he did, or he didn't but another actor with his name did and their resumes got mixed together. Only he knows for sure, and I'm not sure what he's said about it
Forum Virgin
Sep 27th, 2014, 04:50 PM
I watched this movie based on this article alone. I'm glad I did! =)

Remake is terrible though. =\

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