Fright Night 2

1989

Fright Night 2 (1989)

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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 alluring Regine (Julie Carmen). Although everything about the woman screams vampire, her feminine charms -- and her claims of being nothing but an outlandish performance artist -- lead Charley to become her unwilling servant. Torn between Regine's enchantments and his loyalty to Traci, the youth again looks for help from Peter Vincent (Roddy McDowall), the washed-up horror-show host who assisted him in the first film. Soon, Charley, Peter, and Traci are facing off against a coven of picturesque bloodsuckers led by Regine, who reveals herself to be the ancient sister of Jerry Dandridge. Directed and co-written by John Carpenter colleague Tommy Lee Wallace, Fright Night Part 2 includes a co-writing credit for Pretty Woman scribe Stephen Metcalfe and cinematography from Mark Irwin, who has worked with everyone from David Cronenberg to the Farrelly brothers. ~ Brian J. Dillard, Rovi

Cast

William Ragsdale
as Charley Brewster
Roddy McDowall
as Peter Vincent
Jon Gries
as Louie
Ernie Sabella
as Dr. Harrison
Karen Andrews
as Mrs. Stern
Rochelle Ashana
as Art Major
Blair Tefkin
as Beatrice
Ed Corbett
as Stagehand
Scanlon Gail
as Watch Captain
John Lafayette
as Bartender
Gary Allen
as Mr. Newberry
Brad Kepnick
as Hip Young Guy
Neith Hunter
as Young Admirer
Ed Quinlan
as Newscaster
Jennifer Joan Taylor
as Secretary/Receptionist
Gar Campbell
as Director
David Efron
as Orderly
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Critic Reviews for Fright Night 2

All Critics (8)

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

Oct 23, 2013 | Full Review…

Nothing more than a cheapo regurgitation of its predecessor.

Apr 21, 2011 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

a fairly standard slash-and-grab vampire movie

Sep 1, 2003 | Rating: 2.5/5

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

Jul 26, 2002 | Rating: 2.5/5

Audience Reviews for Fright Night 2

12/02/2013 (Online)

EightThirty .
EightThirty .

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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.

Alex roy
Alex roy

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½

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!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

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Pretty much the same plot and layout as the first film really which I guess is a shame as its nothing very original but I suppose they stick to what works and this does work..again. Slightly more speedy with the plot and more interesting as you know whats happened previously so there's not much boring teen angst stuff going on at first, it doesn't take long before we hit vamp speed. So we have more vamps this time round which is nice as the small group are quite a cool little bunch with plenty of variation and imagination on display, I especially love 'Louie' the werewolf looking vamp, 'Belle' is a unique looking vamp kinda in the flashy outrageous style of singer 'Prince' and Carmen is beautiful as 'Regine' the sister of 'Dandrige' from the first flick. As said its the same as before plot wise so nothing special there but again we have some lovely makeup and special effects to show yet more melting, crumbling, exploding and dissolving vampires in their last throws, still have some dodgy looking puppets at times with some obvious cheesy sets and bluescreen but it still manages to look better than cgi in my opinion cos at least the effects/sets/makeup are real. Its a good sequel which just gives you more of the same with more imagination in the way they do it, 'how can we make a vampire death look even more fantastic and gooey?' Interestingly some ideas and sequences do seem to have been heavily borrowed from the classic sexy vamp flick 'Vamp' (1986) with Grace Jones, if you watch the two there are definitely similar ideas being used with the sexy dance routines of Regine and even her final death scene where she raises a skeletal forearm from her freshly cooked corpse. I still find myself asking why on earth 'Brewster' doesn't give in and become a vampire lover with Regine...I would of for sure haha.

Phil Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

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