Reluctantly, three troubled years after the blood-soaked events in Fright Night (1985), the now twenty-year-old survivor, Charley Brewster, comes to terms with the freakishly improbable incident that scarred his adolescence. Still struggling to convince himself after countless sessions of therapy that the undead creatures of the night were only figments of his imagination, Charley carefully stays away from his former vampire-slaying companion, Peter Vincent. However, when the cryptic and mysteriously alluring actress, Regine Dandrige, and her motley crew of oddballs arrive in town, suddenly, Charley's past creeps up on him to haunt him. Is history repeating itself?Written by
Roddy McDowall and director Tommy Lee Wallace had an unpleasant lunch with Live Entertainment chairman Jose Menendez to discuss the film's distribution and marketing, and later the same evening the exec was slaughtered by his sons, Lyle Menendez and Erik Menendez. As news of the murders swirled around Hollywood the next morning, McDowall phoned Wallace and cracked, "Well, I didn't do it. Did you?" See more »
At the end when Bozworth (Brian Thompson) gets killed by getting his belly ripped by Belle's (Russel Klark) fingernails you can clearly see that he's a dummy. See more »
The Swedish version is cut with about 4 minutes. Scenes excluded are the maggots coming out of the ghoul's stomach, the death of the black vampire is shortened and Regines death is also cut in some places. Furthermore, Richie's death is also shortened to exclude a sequence of him being burned by holy water. See more »
Follow up to the 1985 horror hit isn't quite as good as the original, but is an amusing enough sequel.
Charley Brewster is now in college, when Dandridge's sister rolls into town with her entourage.
Fright Night Part 2 benefits from a well written story that has some of the spirit of the original film and plenty nicely gruesome special FX. Sure, it's not as charismatically done as the first movie, but it's a sequel with big shoes to fill! Director Tommy Lee Wallace does pretty well with giving the movie some style and solid action. The sequel also has a share of dark humor. Brad Fiedel's beautiful rock score is used once again and Deborah Holland does a great cover on the song 'Come to Me'.
Roddy McDowall and William Ragsdale both make welcomed returns as their original characters and come off as the best of the cast. Julie Carmen does make a fairly decent vamp villain though, while Jon Gries, Brian Thompson, and Russell Clark make for some good freak geeks.
Again, it's not the original, but as sequels go it certainly isn't bad either!
*** out of ****
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