Dirty Horror Memory Lane: ‘Fright Night’ Video Game (1988)

Dammit.  I knew I should have owned a Commodore Amiga 500 back in the 80’s.  And if you were one of the 10 people that actually did own one of these 16/32-bit computer systems, you could have been playing the Fright Night video game!

Yes, that’s right.  There was a video game based on the 1985 vampire classic, Fright Night.  Had no clue until today.  And not only was there a game based on the movie, you actually got to play as Jerry Dandridge!  Not Charlie Brewster.  Not Peter Vincent, the fearless the vampire killer.  Although, playing as Mr. Vincent would have been equally as awesome.

From what I can tell of the gameplay I’ve watched, you literally just run around as Jerry Dandridge, dodging crosses and chomping on people’s necks until they disappear.  Seems repetitive, but we’re talking the 80’s here and everything was repetitive back then.  Still, it’s pretty cool that this game even existed.

Now had they based a video game off of the Fright Night remake that recently came out, you probably would have just literally been looking at a pile of shit on your screen the whole time.  That means I didn’t like the remake for those of you playing at home.  But check out the gameplay below for the original Fright Night game and run over to Ebay and start bidding on one of those Commodore Amiga 500s!

Dirty Horror Memory Lane: Alligator Game (1980)

I was an impressionable 5-year-old in 1980 when the cult classic creature feature Alligator came out.  My memory is a bit foggy, but I remember being scared to death that if I ever under some random circumstance bought a baby alligator, my Dad would promptly flush it down the toilet.  Then, a giant alligator would mutate in the sewers of my small Indiana town and chew up anyone and anything in it’s path when it got loose.  Yikes!  Funny thing is though, I loved Alligator even though I was young and even though it scared the shit out of me.  So my lid was officially blown off recently when I discovered that there was a children’s game based off of the very movie!

Whaaaaaat?  Yeah, it was real alright.  Pretty menacing game if you ask me and it makes Crocodile Dentist look like it’s wearing a skirt.  And yes, your eyes weren’t deceiving you.  One of the little kids in the commercial was indeed Flick from A Christmas Story…..who later went on to do porn – fun fact!  But back to the game.  I want it.  Only problem is that it is RARE.  And you may need to recruit the help of the Toy Hunter to help you find it.

Not all hope is lost though, because thanks to Ebay, you can pay 10 times what it originally cost if you do happen to find it!  Hooray for the price gougers. But look, it’s a small price to pay in actuality considering how rare the game is and considering how much fun you and your friends can have while playing it. Nothing like grown men sitting around putting plastic game pieces into a plastic alligator.  Speaking of which, since the game is based on the Alligator movie, why is the point of the game to put things like a television and briefcase into the alligator’s jaws?  Pfffft.  So inaccurate.