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Fright Night Part II (1989)

William Ragsdale , Roddy McDowall , Tommy Lee Wallace  |  R |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: William Ragsdale, Roddy McDowall, Traci Lind, Julie Carmen, Jon Gries
  • Directors: Tommy Lee Wallace
  • Writers: Tommy Lee Wallace, Miguel Tejada-Flores, Tim Metcalfe, Tom Holland
  • Producers: Herb Jaffe, Jeffrey Sudzin, Miguel Tejada-Flores
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Live / Artisan
  • DVD Release Date: August 19, 2003
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009YXHJ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #181,239 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Fright Night Part II" on IMDb

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Welcome to Fright Night Part II. Peter Vincent (Roddy McDowall), "The Great Vampire Killer," and Charlie Brewster (William Ragsdale) are back in the long-awaited sequel to the box office smash hit Fright Night. And so are the bloodthirsty creatures of the night. Charlie has just met Regine Dandridge (Julie Carmen), an exotic, heart-stopping beauty with a deadly taste for things warm and red. He can't stop thinking about her...dreaming about her. Not even Charlie's girlfriend, Alex (Traci Lin), nor Peter Vincent can keep him from being mesmerized by her fatally seductive powers. As the irresistible Regine drains the blood from his veins, Charlie is suddenly jolted by the spine-chilling reality that there's only one thing more terrifying than fighting vampires - becomng one. Director Tommy Lee Wallace (Halloween III) has surpassed the fright of the original film to create a tantalizing shocker in Fright Night Part II. This time the suckers want more than blood. They want revenge!

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If I rated the movie alone, I'd give it five stars. Unfortunately, I have to warn anyone who wants to buy this DVD format from Artisan. I own over 150 DVD's and I've never come across such a sad excuse for a DVD. The picture quality is HORRIBLE! If you look closely, you can see that it was taken from a tape source, and not the original. Plus, Artisan claims on the back of the box that it is formatted from its "original" aspect ratio, and that it was shot in full screen. That is a blatant lie. It was shot in letterbox widescreen, just as the first film was. You can even tell when you watch it that it has been cropped to death, and at certain moments the screen moves from right to left to catch what's missing. The audio is 2.0 Dolby surround, which is fine. However, when you turn the volume up to hear the more quiet parts of the film, you hear tape hiss. Beware of Artisan releases on DVD. Their transfers are usually like this. I have a few other older films released by them, and they're pretty poor in the quality department. It is a great film however, and is worth having no matter what. I guess this DVD is better than not having it...Almost.

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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars presentation=miserable August 30, 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
WHY WHY WHY don't companies like Artisan recognize that horror movie fans, being basically nerds (like me), are more fanatical about video and sound than anyone else? Anchor Bay - bless 'em -gets it, and so can mainstream studios ("The Fog" release is brilliant).
But not Artisan. Instead of admitting that we're very intelligent film-goers who don't live in our parents' basements (well, most of us), they throw us the lowest common denominator garbage like this worthless DVD of a very good film. (Which for me very nearly equals the original; Roddy trapped atop the elevator while the bat-Regine claws her way up remains very effective.) All quibbles about wide-screen aside (I don't know which is true, but I did see it in the theatre and it sure seemed wide-screen), the picture quality is amazing for its sheer awfulness. I'm so sick of throw-away presentations like this. They put out the least possible amount of effort to get by, and assume that fans will be happy to have the film in any form.
Well, no more.
Boycott this DVD! Power to ignored and maligned horror fans everywhere!
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This is DVD quality? April 6, 2004
Format:DVD
I have bought a few cheapie $3.99 DVD movies. Though the picture was far from great, thery were no worse than VHS picture quality. I recently bought Fight Night Part II on DVD for $10.99 and the picture quality is atually worse than the VHS that I have! What the hell happened! Don't get me wrong, I'm glad that Artisan Entertainment is digging and releasing some old classics from their vaults, but if your going to release them like this then don't bother! This is by for the worst from Artisan. Bride of Re-Animator, Waxwork, and Lair of the White Worm were disappointents because of the poor picture quality, no widescreen formats, and lack of supplemental material, but Fright Night Part II takes the cake as their worst release! MGM may be getting lazy too and only releasing their titles only in Full Screen format, but at least their movies have good picture quality! Artisan needs to shape up or get out! Artisan should sell the rights of their older movies to Anchor Bay Entertainment so they could be properly released!
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50 of 54 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Why Even Bother? August 23, 2003
Format:DVD
If I rated the movie alone, I'd give it five stars. Unfortunately, I have to warn anyone who wants to buy this DVD format from Artisan. I own over 150 DVD's and I've never come across such a sad excuse for a DVD. The picture quality is HORRIBLE! If you look closely, you can see that it was taken from a tape source, and not the original. Plus, Artisan claims on the back of the box that it is formatted from its "original" aspect ratio, and that it was shot in full screen. That is a blatant lie. It was shot in letterbox widescreen, just as the first film was. You can even tell when you watch it that it has been cropped to death, and at certain moments the screen moves from right to left to catch what's missing. The audio is 2.0 Dolby surround, which is fine. However, when you turn the volume up to hear the more quiet parts of the film, you hear tape hiss. Beware of Artisan releases on DVD. Their transfers are usually like this. I have a few other older films released by them, and they're pretty poor in the quality department. It is a great film however, and is worth having no matter what. I guess this DVD is better than not having it...Almost.
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Worthy sequel, medicore DVD presentation August 23, 2003
Format:DVD
I loved FRIGHT NIGHT PART II upon its original release in '89. Having picked it up again in its first DVD incarnation, I can't help but feel disappointed.

The film itself suffers from sequelitis in general. The story is nowhere near as compelling nor well-told as the first, but it is still a lot of fun with the same core protagonists from the original and features well-done effects and direction. While the original FRIGHT NIGHT still carries a strong 80s flavor, this film feels even more dated, however, and suffers accordingly. Still, those who enjoyed it back then should pick it up now - still a great late night viewing.

The DVD, on the other hand, is unfortunately typical lower-grade Artisan fare. A bare-bones DVD, the picture looks terrible - grainy, foggy and full of defects. Of course, who but perhaps Anchor bay would invest the time and money to restore a film as this (and perhaps they will some day)? Fans will doubtless be happy to own this film in any form and it looks no worse than it would on any late night cable station.

All in all, a really fun film and not a bad buy at all for fans of the series.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Would be even better on DVD December 18, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
Great Film, I also think it's much more exciting then the first one, though the first isn't bad either. Julie Carmen is great, the music, too.
But I'm really missing the DVD, my video copy is getting worser und worser.... Is a DVD-Version planned yet ?
Robert.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Sequel Worthy of Its Predecessor July 15, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
A few years ago while still in High School, Charlie Brewster killed the vampire Jerry Dandridge with the help of his long time idol, film hero Peter Vincent, The Great Vampire Killer. Charlie's therapist has since convinced him that he did not kill a vampire and there are no such things as vampires. The therapist is wrong and Jerry Dandridge's sister is in town to even the score. William Ragsdale and Roddy McDowall reprise their roles as Charlie Brewster and Peter Vincent in "Fright Night Part 2". Julie Carmen plays Regine Dandridge, the sister of the late Jerry Dandridge. Regine is posing as a performance artist and takes over Peter's show "Fright Night". She then proceeds to take steps to make Charlie a vampire, which she feels will be the ultimate revenge for what he did to her brother. Charlie finds himself fighting the vampire nature that is rising within him while he and Peter race to save Charlie's girlfriend from the vampires and to keep Charlie from joining them. It's a worthy follow-up to the original movie.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fright Night Part II (Blu-ray)
Just wanted to let everyone know....I bought the Fright Night movie on blu-ray when Twilight Time released it....actually I got it after they had sold all the copies.... Read more
Published 1 month ago by C. Christie
5.0 out of 5 stars I like Roddy McDowall
If you have Fright Night part 1, then you have to have Fright Night part 2. I had spent a lot on this DVD but am happy I did.
Published 2 months ago by Karen L. Egolf
5.0 out of 5 stars chris Brooks
It was awesome went beyond my expectations i was looking from store to store for years and then my buddy told me about amazon.com and I tried it and it was great so thanks
Published 2 months ago by Christopher Brooks
4.0 out of 5 stars i always liked this movie
this movie was a surprise to me after the first fright night which I thought was great usually the follow up movies are not as good as the first but this one was
Published 2 months ago by Isaac Irvin
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Film
I liked this film so much especially after watching the first Fright Night movie which was fantastic and this was one to me was just as good. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Alberto Barron
1.0 out of 5 stars MOVIE IS PRETTY GOOD, THE PRICE IS RIDICULOUS
I paid $7.99 for this at Best Buy in 2009. It saddens me to see this movie get a $50+ price tag. Especially when the original is a far more superior film..
Published 5 months ago by JamoCrush
5.0 out of 5 stars Excelent Classic Movie!
I loved this movie, good plot, good scares, good humor, it's a true classic of horror movies, a must have for vampire movie fans!
Published 5 months ago by Daniel Escalante Cicero
1.0 out of 5 stars unbelievable
I cant believe any of you would pay that much for a Dvd of a movie you could copy yourself for a better quality and not to mention just flat outrageous at the price. Read more
Published 6 months ago by steve
5.0 out of 5 stars Fright night part II
After discovering that a sequel to a great movie like Fright Night had been made. I knew that I had to see this movie. Read more
Published 6 months ago by metalyell87
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I love this movie. It's not as good as the first one, but it's still good. I love that it's scary, yet campy and funny.
Published 7 months ago by phxsue747
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