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Fright Night 2 (1988)


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Release Date: May 19, 1989 Wide



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This horror-comedy sequel finds the teen protagonist of Fright Night being terrorized by the undead sister of the vampire he killed in the original film. Two years after the death of bloodsucker Jerry Dandridge, young Charley Brewster (William Ragsdale) has settled into life as a college student and rejected his former belief in the existence of vampires. Although he's busy pursuing the affections of determined coed Alex (Traci Lind), Charley soon falls under the spell of the mysterious and


Horror, Comedy

Aug 19, 2003

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Without the "Rear Window" frame, "Fright Night 2," is just another forgettable buffoonish vampire movie.

October 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Nothing more than a cheapo regurgitation of its predecessor.

April 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

a fairly standard slash-and-grab vampire movie

September 1, 2003 Full Review Source:

Better than a lot of Part 2s -- but not by a whole heck of a lot.

July 26, 2002

Audience Reviews for Fright Night 2

12/02/2013 (Online)
February 13, 2013

Super Reviewer

Being a die-hard fan of the original Fright Night, I finally got around to seeing the sequel. I had heard mixed things about, and I was skeptical about seeing it. However, I found the film to be pretty good, but not as good the original. This sequel is a more laid back flick than the first. Watching the first film, you realize that there is a different tone in atmosphere with this one. The film is good, but lacks the elements that made the first one such a classic. The problem with this film is that it essentially follows the same ideas as the first. With that being said, Fright Night Part 2 offers nothing really new or original, but is nonetheless a fun little film. This is one of those sequels that could have been great, but it's slightly disappointing. This film could have been better if Stephen Geoffreys who played Evil Ed would have returned. The film is slightly more tongue in cheek than the original, and is gorier, which ruins the tone of the film a bit. The original Fright Night wasn't gory and tended to rely more a dark atmosphere to create its horror. However with this sequel, the filmmakers went for more gore, which for me anyhow cheapened the film a bit. The standouts here are Julie Carmen as Regine Dandrige and Traci Lind as Alex, Charley's new girlfriend. The script may not be as solid as the first film, but this is still a pretty good vampire film. This could have been a far better sequel as well. The film had some good ideas on-screen, but I think that they could have toned down the gore and make it a bit more atmospheric. The sensual traditional vampire elements were there, and Julie Carmen was definitely perfect in her part. The best way to describe Fright Night Part 2 is as a cheesy, mindless good time. Just don't go expecting something memorable like the 1985 classic, you'll be disappointed. However as far as real vampire films are concerned, this is still one of those films that keeps with the traditions. This is a film worth seeing and still fun, just not as fun as the original.
June 26, 2012
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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"Such a thing simply couldn't happen twice."

This completely destroys the credibility of the first Fright Night. Not only does this take Charley, the hero from the first and vampire-enthusiast, three years of therapy to recover from what everyone believes from delusional imagery of who the vampire Jerry was, but after that therapy he starts to become a vampire himself... acting like fucking Teen Wolf now. I am a fan of Fright Night part one, but this installment went the extra mile by ruining the main character and making it possible for us to no longer root for him. On top of that, how dare the writers throw in sexual lady vamps and a single werewolf to. This movie reads more like a bad teen sex comedy than a bad horror movie.

Here's the villain line-up

A body-building... thing... that eats bugs

A sweaty, horny awkward werewolf

A roller skating vampire that seems to be gender neutral

And the lead vampire... who's a prostitute. I'm sorry, "performance artist"

Only plus I can give it is Charley new girlfriend is stronger and more capable of taking care of herself than Amy was.
November 29, 2011
John Hein

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This was a completely unnecessary sequel to a great film, not to mention it is more than just a major downgrade in filmmaking. Vampires randomly come in, the main cast change their minds from the thoughts they originally had by the end of the first movie, which makes absolutely no sense, and overall, this film disgusted me. A director who had nothing to do with the first film decided to helm a sequel that stared lead female vampires and a vampire that doesn't like blood, but enjoys to eat insects. Besides the ridiculously similar plot line, the bad acting, the untrue dialogue, and the stupid jump scares, there are a few moments that reflect on the original and would make any viewer smirk. However, the originality is missing, which makes this film almost unwatchable to think it is a sequel to a classic. I will never watch this movie again and quite frankly I despise the creators for thinking of it! What a shame!
September 14, 2011
KJ Proulx

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    1. Louie: (after being shop with an arrow and falling from a window) Bull's eye, dude.
    – Submitted by Creep F (2 years ago)
    1. Regine: Do you know how to use your lips Charlie?
    – Submitted by Creep F (2 years ago)
    1. Alex: I have a class at 7:00.
    2. Charley Brewster: People actually attend class at 7 in the morning? It's inhumane, it's anti-American
    – Submitted by Creep F (2 years ago)
    1. Peter Vincent: First we need some holy water, and some communion wafers.
    2. Alex: Communion wafers? The stuff you get from the church? Am I going to hell for this?
    – Submitted by Creep F (2 years ago)
    1. Charley Brewster: It was a performance.
    2. Peter Vincent: She cast no reflection!
    – Submitted by Creep F (2 years ago)
    1. Charley Brewster: (about Peter Vincent) I never returned his calls. To tell the truth I'm a little scared.
    2. Dr. Harrison: Of vampires?
    3. Charley Brewster: No.
    4. Dr. Harrison: Why?
    5. Charley Brewster: Because vampires aren't real.
    – Submitted by Creep F (2 years ago)
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