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Not terrible but doesn't hold a candle to the original.
Fright Night 1985 is considered one of the very best vampire films ever made. That being said, this film has a lot to live up to. Although it isn't the original, as sequels go, it's better than most. If you've seen the original and never saw part 2, I recommend giving it a view. It brings closure to the story. Not in the best of fashion, but satisfactory.
An 80s classic with bad acting, bad writing, bad special effects and rolling skating vampires...this is a must watch for the 80s horror crowd
Honestly one of the most enjoyable vampire movies of all time, plenty of atmosphere and absolutely amazing synth score by Brad Fiedel. Julie Carmen is definitely a draw, she kills it as the seductive Vampire Regine.
This film has gotten a raw deal from the start with a very limited release to theaters followed by a super short release on DVD that is a cheap copy using the VHS tape version as the master. For some reason lots of reviewers seems to enjoy piling on to this film as well. Nothing like kicking someone who is already down. At a 1,000 level, there are similarities to the original film but there are more than enough differences to keep the film interesting. One disappointment was that Stephen Geoffreys and Amanda Bearse did not reprise their respective roles of Evil Ed Thompson and Amy Peterson. However, Traci Lind performance as Charlie's new girlfriend is excellent. The story is very well put together and the 1988 era special effects are impressive. Roddy McDowell also is in top form reprising his role as Peter Vincent. While the protagonists put in strong performances, the lead villain, Regine (Jerry Dandridge's sister) is the films strongest asset. Regine is played by Julie Carmen and she is simply stunning in the role. If only Julie Carmen and Chris Sarandon had teamed up to make a Fright Night prequel! The supporting villains are mostly lackluster. Regine's right hand vampire Belle is appropriately intimidating and interesting but Bozworth is a poorly conceived character - patterned after Bram Stoker's Renfield. As problematic as the Bozworth character is, the real disaster is the comedy relief villain Louie. One of the great strengths of the original Fright Night was the subtle and appropriate use of humor. Louie's idiocy and Three Stoogies type antics have no place in a Fright Night movie. Fortunately, Louie's role in the film is minor which is what prevents him from single handedly ruining the film. The film would definitely be better without this character. While the film has weaknesses, they are overshadowed by the films many strengths. The scenes containing Regine's performances, first at her party and second when she takes over Peter Vincent's show are amazing. I never tire of watching these scenes. Given all the unfair abuse this film has taken over the years, including the most recent insult of it being pulled off of Amazon Prime right after it was released, I'm giving this film a rating of 5 stars. Hopefully, it will see a proper release on Blu Ray, DVD, and Amazon Streaming services with lots of extras very soon. The poor treatment and abuse this fine film has received is an absolute crime.
Sucks to the critics, this is an awesome sequel. 80s meets 90s B horror flick that stays true to the spirit of the original without being repetitive, thanks in huge part to the fresh perspective of director Tommy Lee Wallace (Halloween III). Don't get me wrong, I love Tom Holland (director of the first Fright Night and Child's Play) but I alway appreciate when they bring on a new director for a sequel. Something about the filmmaker of the first also doing the second or third installment just seems uninspired to me. Too often sequels suffer from identity crisis, either straying too far from the source material or regurgitating it, but Fright Night 2 manages to remember where it came while still being bold enough to forge its own legacy with familiar ingredients. Namely the beloved characters Peter Vincent and Charlie Brewster, and the same quality gore effects boasted by its predecessor. So again, don't be a sucker, the critics are batty, Fright Night 2 is funny, frightening, and all around fang-tastic.
me, looking at the RT scores of this movie: boo! boo!
Not a terrible film, especially if you liked the first film but still a huge step down from the original. Luckily they did bring back William Ragsdale and Roddy McDowell so that it did carry over the same vibe from the original film. The main problem is that the story and script are much weaker than the original film. It just does not flow as well and the excitement level never reaches the heights of the first film. Still worth a watch if you can find a copy of it.
Takes a step down from the original in virtually all aspects from the original, but it's only one step down, and it's not a very big step.
What on Earth is wrong with the so-called reviewers on this site? This movie is a classic. Rotten Tomatoes? Dumbass reviewers more like!