Fright Night 2 : New Blood title


Fright Night 2 : New Blood2011s "Fright Night" remake hadn't exactly been the runaway success the film makers had hoped for (to put it mildly), so no one was more surprised than I, when a sequel duly appeared just over a year later on home video.

Completely ignoring the events of the previous film, this is not so much a sequel, but rather another remake of the original. For this outing, high school student Charley Brewster (played here by Will Payne) and his friend 'Evil' Ed Bates (Chris Waller) are on a school trip to Romania. Whilst at the hotel, Charley notices a couple of naked women making out in the apartment opposite, but is surprised when one of them appears to have fangs and starts sinking her teeth into the neck of the other.

He is even more surprised when the woman in question turns out to be one of the lecturers, Gerri Dandridge (Jaime Murray), who's giving their class lessons about Romanian history. Then when they go on a late night tour of one of the castles in the city, he sees her again, seducing one of the students, who subsequently disappears.

What with this, and a few other strange goings on in miss Dandridge's apartment, Charley becomes convinced she's actually a vampire. Needless to say, the local police don't believe a word of it. But as luck would have it, paranormal expert Peter Vincent (Sean Power), who fronts one of those "Most Haunted" style TV shows, is in town filming a special episode about vampires, so Charley and Ed seek him out to ask for his help.

Vincent, of course, isn't having any of it. But after Gerri kidnaps Charley's girlfriend Amy (Sacha Parkinson), and Vincent has a close call with a vampire himself, he ends up rapidly changing his mind and a fun end battle quickly ensues...

One might argue that this was yet another pointless remake, or pointless sequel depending on how you view the film (it is actually another remake, which starts over with new actors in the roles, and owing nothing to the previous film) and I sort of got the impression that this story was probably adapted from one of the rejected scripts for the 2011 film. That being said however, this is still quite an amusing film, which although follows the basic premise of the original, is sufficiently different so as not to be too derivative.

I would suggest giving this one a go if you like vampire films, just remember that this isn't a sequel as such, and you need to view this on its own merits.

Overall Marks : 5/10.

Terrifying Trivia.

  • Director Eduardo Rodriguez previously directed the South American horror "Curandero".

  • The film's budget was $8,000,000.

  • The film was released uncut on disc, but the version available on VOD in the US was cut slightly, which removed some of the blood and nudity.

  • Jaime Murray also starred in the US shows "Warehouse 13", "Defiance" and "Dexter".

  • The castle Charley and Ed look round was the Corvin Castle, also known as the Hunyad Castle, which is located in the city of Hunedoara, which just happens to be in the Transylvania region of Romania.

  • Chris Waller, who plays Ed, had previously starred in the British comedy-horror "Inbred".

  • Writer Matt Venne also scripted the sequels "White Noise 2" and "Mirrors 2"

  • Unlike the previous "Fright Night" films, the lead actors in this are all British, with the exception of Sean Power, who plays Peter Vincent, who is actually Irish.

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