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.

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Plot:

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…

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Reviews:

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!

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“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

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Choice dialogue:

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

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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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