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Not a Sequel But A Literal REMAKE -- no matter what the director says!,
This review is from: Fright Night 2: New Blood (Blu-ray Combo Pack) (Blu-ray)
Talk about bizarre. Though billed as FRIGHT NIGHT 2, this direct-to-video film from 20th Century Fox is yet another remake of the original 1985 Tom Holland classic, just with the settings changed. Here, Charley, Amy and Evil Ed are in a high school program in Romania. Instead of Jerry Dandridge, we have Gerri Dandridge, a female professor with a taste for blood. Peter Vincent is here too, but instead of a horror movie host (a la Roddy McDowall) or a magician (a la David Tennant), he's a Ghost Hunters-like, would-be paranormal investigator. The movie plays out exactly as you'd expect -- same basic plot structure as the Holland original, but with more blood, less humor, and something of a road company cast that's not particularly engaging (though the female leads are attractive enough).
It's beyond strange that the director and crew commentary say they're making a sequel to the 2011 Fright Night, when the movie is actually a remake. The story doesn't acknowledge the earlier film (how could it when Evil Ed is back, alive and well!) in any capacity. There's some vague plot element in Charley and Amy's relationship that "something" happened to them before, but it's never spelled out, and otherwise, the characters behave as if it's the first time something happened to them (Charley and Peter have never met, for example). So, so strange!
Basically, though, the movie isn't terrible -- it's watchable, but nowhere in the league of the 1985 film or even the 2011 remake. Like a better-than-Syfy Channel rendition of the story, which for most fans, isn't going to be enough, though it's a passable timekiller if taken on its own terms.
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Initial post: Oct 3, 2013 6:37:16 PM PDT
You said it so right!!!!!
Posted on Oct 5, 2013 1:55:44 PM PDT
That's too bad. I was excited because I thought it was the Fright Night 2 from 1987 (1989?)-ish. I"ve been trying to find an inexpensive copy of that for ages.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 7, 2013 3:44:05 AM PDT
Me too, I actually liked 2 more than 1. Regine was an amazing vampire. I am hoping this film means they will release the original on blu-ray at some point.
Posted on Oct 13, 2013 2:19:42 AM PDT
M. Layman says:
Haven't seen this movie, but based on your comments, maybe they should kill off Evil Ed in every movie, a la "South Park". "You Killed Evil Ed! You Bastards!". LOL!
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