Fright House (1989)

Genres - Horror, Thriller  |   Sub-Genres - Supernatural Horror  |   Run Time - 110 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - R
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This classy diptych of campus-based horror tales overcomes its limited budget with imaginative writing and some fairly effective supernatural setpieces. The first installment, "Fright House," involves a devil-worshipping psychiatrist (Jennifer DeLora) performing ritual human sacrifices on a college campus, then disguising the deaths as suicides. After losing his partner while investigating the house where many of the deaths took place, a police detective (Julien Paul Borghese) is granted supernatural aid by the house's former owner. The second tale, "Abadon," is a stylish twist on the vampire formula about a college professor (Jackie James) who continues her late husband's experiments in immortality, unaware that she has unleashed an ageless energy-vampire who begins preying on her students. Her work attracts the interest of a mysterious stranger (Night of the Living Dead's Duane Jones), who has some interesting theories of his own -- and who turns out to be a vampire himself. Munsters fans will be impressed by the stylings of top-billed Al Lewis as a sinister police chief in the first installment.

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aging, cult, devil-worship, human-sacrifice, killing-spree, psychiatrist, ritual, youth, cover-up, gargoyle, greed, professor, student, suicide, vampire, tarot