Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Fright Night 2: New Blood DVD Review

Fright Night 2: New Blood
Director: Eduardo Rodriguez
Starring: Will Payne, Jaime Murray, Sean Power, Sacha Parkinson
Chris Waller
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Release Date: October 1, 2013
Running Time: 88 minutes
Rated: Unrated


 The 1980s had a shockwave of horror movies, from slasher sequels to zombie flicks and of course there is the 1985 horror-comedy Fright Night starring William Ragsdale, Chris Sarandon, Roddy McDowall and Amanda Bearse, followed by a 1987 sequel with McDowall and Ragasdale returning. Then came the 2011 3D remake starring Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrell and David Tennant, which failed to impress critics and moviegoers, barley making a profit. Two years later, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment releases the direct-to-video sequel Fright Night 2: New Blood, which ignored the remake and is actually a new take on the original. Confused yet?

Charley Brewster, his best-friend "Evil" Ed Bates, and his ex-girlfriend Amy Lee are exchange students in Romania, where Charley happens to glance out his hotel window to see a woman biting the neck of another woman in the building across the street. At first he thought it was his imagination, but he soon learns the woman is his Romanian History professor, Gerri Dandridge, who he is starting to suspect is a vampire.

After a fellow classmate goes missing, Charley believes the professor has something to do with it. Later, Charley sees Gerri getting rid of what looks like a body. While she is gone, he sneaks into her apartment, but he has to hide as Gerri has returned. She is not alone as she brought a female prostitute with her, whom she drains and bathes in the prostitute's blood.

Charley barley escapes the apartment, but the police don't believe what he has seen, so he turns to his best friend "Evil" Ed and his ex-girlfriend, Amy Lee. They all believe Gerri is actually Elisabeth Bathory, the "Blood Countess."

I had mixed feeling about the 2011 remake, though it was watchable, it was also forgettable. Instead of making a direct sequel to the remake, the producers decided to reboot the franchise once again, with a lower-budget and a cast of unknowns. Fright Night 2: New Blood uses the same plot of the original, but only in a new setting, Romania. This time the vampire is a woman, similar to the original Fright Night Part II, but only using the real-life historic serial-killer, Elizabeth Bathory. I'm not the biggest fans of direct-to-video horror sequels (except for Curse of Chucky), so my expectations were low, but I'm glad to say that I actually like this version better than the 2011 remake. It follows the original plot more closely, but with a Gothic atmosphere and gory horror violence. Fright Night 2: New Blood is a great movie, but the only problem I have with it is the "2" in the title, when it clearly isn't a sequel. It should have been titled: Fright Night: New Blood.

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