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Villain Overview

Welcome to Fright Night! For real.
~ Jerry Dandridge's most famous quote

Jeremiah "Jerry" Dandridge is the main antagonist of the 1985 horror film Fright Night, and its 2011 remake of the same name. He is a vampire who recently moved into the neighborhood of Charley Brewster, who becomes his new target due to the teenager spying on him.

He was portrayed by Chris Sarandon (who also played Prince Humperdinck in The Princess Bride, Reverend Jimmy Current in Tales from the Crypt Presents: Bordello of Blood, Adam Clarke in Cold Case and Dracula in Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) in the original 1985 film and by Colin Farrell (who also played Stu Shepherd in Phone Booth, Bullseye in Daredevil and Bobby Pellitt in Horrible Bosses, a version of Tony Shepard in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Carl Hauser in Total Recall and Percival Graves in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) in the 2011 remake.

Biography

Fright Night (1985)

Jerry was at least a thousand-year-old vampire before he moved into a small town in the United States. He had a vampire sister named Regine Dandrige. Sometime between the events that turned them into vampires and the time Jerry moved to a small town, Jerry and Regine went their separate ways. With his man servant, Billy Cole, Jerry fed on the blood of women who crossed his path or in some cases, called them in via mail-order service.

Once Jerry moved into a small town, he was followed and stalked by a high school student, Charley Brewster. Charley had called the police on him and annoyed Jerry in various other ways. Jerry charmed Charley's mom to invite him into their home, much to Charley's horror. Later on that night, he broke into their home without being detected. Jerry then tried to negotiate and intimidate Charley to leave well enough alone, but Charley refused.

One night, "Evil" Ed Thompson, Charley's best friend, pranked Charley in front of his girlfriend, Amy, by pretending that he had been bitten by a vampire. The two argued, then Ed took a shortcut. Ed then was stalked by Jerry who bit him, which then transformed Ed into a crazy and violent vampire.

Jerry tried different methods of intimidation from going after Amy and destroying Charley's Car. In Jerry's eyes, Charley started a war that Jerry was prepared to finish. Charley went to seek out a movie star who was only known as Peter Vincent, a character that he played in vampire horror films where he killed vampires. After a lot of convincing, Peter helped Charley expose Jerry as a vampire. Jerry then turned Amy into a vampire.

Later on, Charley convinced Peter to join him in hunting Jerry. After a battle that lasted all night long, Charley and Peter killed Jerry along with Billy and Amy was restored back to being human. The only fatality in that battle was Evil Ed.

Jerry's Legacy

Sometime after Jerry's death in Fright Night, Regine Dandridge, tried to avenge his death, but met her end at the hands of Charley and Peter as well.

Fright Night (2011)

In the 2011 remake, the plot was relatively the same as the original, though with a few differences: Jerry was at least 400 years old rather than 1,000, did not have the ability to transform, and was also not served by anyone, so Billy Cole made no appearance. Jerry also committed crimes not in the original such as killing a family because he suspected that their teenage son was spying on him.

Quotes

Original

You're right. You're quite right. Of course, uh, now that I've been made welcome I'll probably drop by quite a bit. In fact, anytime I feel like it.
~ Jerry to Charley after his mother let him into their home.
Do you realize how much trouble you've caused me, Charley? Spying on me. Almost disturbing my sleep this afternoon. Telling policemen about me! You deserve to die, boy. Of course... I can give you something I don't have: a choice. Forget about me, Charley. Forget about me, and I'll forget about you. What do you say, Charley?
~ Jerry while choking Charley in his room.
Hello, Edward. You don't have to be afraid of me. I know what it's like being different. Only they won't pick on you anymore... or beat you up. I'll see to that. All you have to do is take my hand.
~ Jerry manipulates Ed into letting him turn Ed into a vampire.
You have to have faith for this to work on me, Mr. Vincent.
~ Jerry to Peter after destroying his cross.
Amy!
~ Jerry's last words.

Remake

Hey, guy.
~ Jerry's repeated line.
This girl tonight. She's a handful, you know? Women who look a certain way, they... they need to be managed. It's true. Your dad ducked out on you, huh? Your mom, she didn't exactly say, but there's a kind of... neglect. Gives off a scent. You don't mind my saying, you got a lot on your shoulders for a kid. The two of you, alone. And your girl... Amy. She's ripe. I bet there's a line of guys dying to pluck that. Your mom, too. You don't see it. Maybe you do, but she's putting it out. It's on you to look after them. You up for that, guy?
~ Jerry to Charley.
You've been watching me. I've been watching you. It seems fair.
~ Jerry to Ed Lee.
I don't need an invitation if there's no house.
~ Jerry after blowing up the Brewster's house.
You smell that? It's your fear. It's intoxicating. It's a very specific scent, Charley.
~ Jerry.
What were you thinking, Charley? That you were just going to walk in here with your little crossbow and put to bed 400 years of survival? No, Charley. Not likely.
~ Jerry to Charley.
You've got your mother's eyes. And you're father's aim.
~ Jerry to Peter on his parents.

Trivia

  • In the remake, Heath ledger was considered for the role of Jerry but the role went to Colin Farrell instead after the former's untimely passing.
  • While the 1983 version has redeeming traits, the 2011 version is Pure Evil.

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