FRIGHT NIGHT PART 2 (1988) Reviews and overview

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Fright Night Part 2 is a 1988 American comedy horror film directed by Tommy Lee Wallace (Halloween III: Season of the Witch; ItVampires: Los Muertos ) from a screenplay co-written with Tim Metcalfe and Miguel Tejada-Flores. Soundtrack composer Brad Fiedel also returned with a synthesizer score.

The movie stars William Ragsdale, Roddy McDowall, Traci Lind and Julie Carmen.


Three years after the events of Fright Night, as a result of psychiatric therapy, Charley Brewster now believes that Jerry Dandrige was nothing but a serial killer posing as a vampire. As a result, he comes to believe that vampires never existed.

College student Charley, along with his new girlfriend, Alex Young, go to visit Peter Vincent, who is again a burnt-out vampire killer on Fright Night, much to the chagrin of Charley. While visiting Peter’s apartment Charley sees four coffins being taken into a car. On the way out from Peter’s apartment, Charley sees four strange people walk past him, into an elevator. Charley instantly becomes drawn to one of the four, the alluring Regine…


Fright Night 2 isn’t close to being a terrible, unworthy follow-up to a cult classic; however, it’s really no closer to being an underrated gem, either. If anything, he [Wallace] gets the effects stuff right — there’s a lot more showcases this time around, as each vampire is dispatched in gruesome and unique fashion (another element borrowed from The Lost Boys?)” Oh, the Horror!


“With Carmen’s fatal allure substituted for Sarandon’s sexually ambiguous charm, the intriguing homoerotic overtones of the original give way to a more blatant equation of hunger and desire. What few innovations there are – notably Carmen’s spectacular usurpation of McDowall’s show – go for nothing. Wallace’s direction lacks the flair and intelligence that Tom Holland brought to Fright Night.” Time Out

” … this gory, uninspired sequel to Fright Night offers neither the fascinating plot twists nor the startlingly horrific gimmicks employed so well by director Tom Holland in the original.” TV Guide


Choice dialogue:

Peter Vincent (Roddy McDowall): “Such a thing simply couldn’t happen twice, Charley.”


Cast and Characters:
Roddy McDowall … Peter Vincent
William Ragsdale … Charley Brewster
Traci Lind … Alex (as Traci Lin)
Julie Carmen … Regine Dandridge
Jon Gries … Louie (as Jonathan Gries)
Russell Clark … Belle
Brian Thompson … Bozworth
Merritt Butrick … Richie
Ernie Sabella … Doctor Harrison
Matt Landers … Mel
Josh Richman … Fritzy
Karen Anders … Mrs Stern
Rochelle Ashana … Art Major
Blair Tefkin … Bernice
Alexander Folk … Sergeant

Technical details:
104 minutes
Audio: Ultra Stereo
Aspect ratio: 2.39: 1


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