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This horror-comedy sequel finds the teen protagonist of Fright Night being terrorized by the undead sister of the vampire he killed in the original film. Two years after the death of bloodsucker Jerry... read more read more... Dandridge, young Charley Brewster (William Ragsdale) has settled into life as a college student and rejected his former belief in the existence of vampires. Although he's busy pursuing the affections of determined coed Alex (Traci Lind), Charley soon falls under the spell of the mysterious and alluring Regine (Julie Carmen). Although everything about the woman screams vampire, her feminine charms -- and her claims of being nothing but an outlandish performance artist -- lead Charley to become her unwilling servant. Torn between Regine's enchantments and his loyalty to Traci, the youth again looks for help from Peter Vincent (Roddy McDowall), the washed-up horror-show host who assisted him in the first film. Soon, Charley, Peter, and Traci are facing off against a coven of picturesque bloodsuckers led by Regine, who reveals herself to be the ancient sister of Jerry Dandridge. Directed and co-written by John Carpenter colleague Tommy Lee Wallace, Fright Night Part 2 includes a co-writing credit for Pretty Woman scribe Stephen Metcalfe and cinematography from Mark Irwin, who has worked with everyone from David Cronenberg to the Farrelly brothers. ~ Brian J. Dillard, Rovi

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R, 1 hr. 48 min.

Directed by: Tommy Lee Wallace

Release Date: May 19, 1989

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DVD Release Date: August 19, 2003

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  • February 13, 2013
    12/02/2013 (Online)
  • June 26, 2012
    Being a die-hard fan of the original Fright Night, I finally got around to seeing the sequel. I had heard mixed things about, and I was skeptical about seeing it. However, I found the film to be pretty good, but not as good the original. This sequel is a more laid back flick than... read more the first. Watching the first film, you realize that there is a different tone in atmosphere with this one. The film is good, but lacks the elements that made the first one such a classic. The problem with this film is that it essentially follows the same ideas as the first. With that being said, Fright Night Part 2 offers nothing really new or original, but is nonetheless a fun little film. This is one of those sequels that could have been great, but it's slightly disappointing. This film could have been better if Stephen Geoffreys who played Evil Ed would have returned. The film is slightly more tongue in cheek than the original, and is gorier, which ruins the tone of the film a bit. The original Fright Night wasn't gory and tended to rely more a dark atmosphere to create its horror. However with this sequel, the filmmakers went for more gore, which for me anyhow cheapened the film a bit. The standouts here are Julie Carmen as Regine Dandrige and Traci Lind as Alex, Charley's new girlfriend. The script may not be as solid as the first film, but this is still a pretty good vampire film. This could have been a far better sequel as well. The film had some good ideas on-screen, but I think that they could have toned down the gore and make it a bit more atmospheric. The sensual traditional vampire elements were there, and Julie Carmen was definitely perfect in her part. The best way to describe Fright Night Part 2 is as a cheesy, mindless good time. Just don't go expecting something memorable like the 1985 classic, you'll be disappointed. However as far as real vampire films are concerned, this is still one of those films that keeps with the traditions. This is a film worth seeing and still fun, just not as fun as the original.
  • November 29, 2011
    "Such a thing simply couldn't happen twice."

    This completely destroys the credibility of the first Fright Night. Not only does this take Charley, the hero from the first and vampire-enthusiast, three years of therapy to recover from what everyone believes from delusional imagery... read more of who the vampire Jerry was, but after that therapy he starts to become a vampire himself... acting like fucking Teen Wolf now. I am a fan of Fright Night part one, but this installment went the extra mile by ruining the main character and making it possible for us to no longer root for him. On top of that, how dare the writers throw in sexual lady vamps and a single werewolf to. This movie reads more like a bad teen sex comedy than a bad horror movie.

    Here's the villain line-up

    A body-building... thing... that eats bugs

    A sweaty, horny awkward werewolf

    A roller skating vampire that seems to be gender neutral

    And the lead vampire... who's a prostitute. I'm sorry, "performance artist"

    Only plus I can give it is Charley new girlfriend is stronger and more capable of taking care of herself than Amy was.
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    September 14, 2011
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    This was a completely unnecessary sequel to a great film, not to mention it is more than just a major downgrade in filmmaking. Vampires randomly come in, the main cast change their minds from the thoughts they originally had by the end of the first movie, which makes absolutely n... read moreo sense, and overall, this film disgusted me. A director who had nothing to do with the first film decided to helm a sequel that stared lead female vampires and a vampire that doesn't like blood, but enjoys to eat insects. Besides the ridiculously similar plot line, the bad acting, the untrue dialogue, and the stupid jump scares, there are a few moments that reflect on the original and would make any viewer smirk. However, the originality is missing, which makes this film almost unwatchable to think it is a sequel to a classic. I will never watch this movie again and quite frankly I despise the creators for thinking of it! What a shame!
  • May 20, 2011
    Pretty much the same plot and layout as the first film really which I guess is a shame as its nothing very original but I suppose they stick to what works and this does work..again.
    Slightly more speedy with the plot and more interesting as you know whats happened previously so t... read morehere's not much boring teen angst stuff going on at first, it doesn't take long before we hit vamp speed. So we have more vamps this time round which is nice as the small group are quite a cool little bunch with plenty of variation and imagination on display, I especially love 'Louie' the werewolf looking vamp, 'Belle' is a unique looking vamp kinda in the flashy outrageous style of singer 'Prince' and Carmen is beautiful as 'Regine' the sister of 'Dandrige' from the first flick.

    As said its the same as before plot wise so nothing special there but again we have some lovely makeup and special effects to show yet more melting, crumbling, exploding and dissolving vampires in their last throws, still have some dodgy looking puppets at times with some obvious cheesy sets and bluescreen but it still manages to look better than cgi in my opinion cos at least the effects/sets/makeup are real. Its a good sequel which just gives you more of the same with more imagination in the way they do it, 'how can we make a vampire death look even more fantastic and gooey?'

    Interestingly some ideas and sequences do seem to have been heavily borrowed from the classic sexy vamp flick 'Vamp' (1986) with Grace Jones, if you watch the two there are definitely similar ideas being used with the sexy dance routines of Regine and even her final death scene where she raises a skeletal forearm from her freshly cooked corpse. I still find myself asking why on earth 'Brewster' doesn't give in and become a vampire lover with Regine...I would of for sure haha.
  • March 30, 2011
    A mediocre vampire movie, a revenge sequel to the first movie. The best part is that Roddy McDowall is in this one too. Overall, it's just okay.
  • October 7, 2010
    As a fan of 1985's "Fright Night", I was a bit reluctant to see this 1989 sequel which passed me by. I've seen parts of this over the years, but not in it's entirety. This film in no way compares to it's predecessor as it is a comical film that takes the scary concept of the orig... read moreinal and transforms it into a formulaic horror/comedy piece of it's time.
    However, I did end up enjoying it. Far be it from me to recommend a sequel since I can count the ones I like on one hand, but this one caught me by surprise. It follows the lives of a college-age Charlie Brewster(William Ragsdale), and B-movie vampire slayer Peter Vincent(Roddy McDowall) who yet again face vampires, etc. on a college campus. Surely this film has it's flaws, but it has a charm to it for simply being what it is.
    The director Tommy Lee Wallace is someone I have respect for since he was the production designer for John Carpenter's "Halloween" and is the person who picked out the 1975 Captain Kirk mask which was spray painted white and used as the mask worn by Michael Myers in "Halloween" and "Halloween 2".
    So back to this film. If you're up for some silly vampire stuff with a splash of werewolf activity, etc., I think you'll have a good time with this one.
  • October 26, 2008
    What William Ragsdale and Roddy McDowall didn't realise when they despatched the vampire in Part 1 was that he had a sister.
  • June 24, 2007
    The effects are ok but it isn't scary at any point... except for the vampires on the pointy end of Charlie's stake!
  • May 21, 2007
    Not nearly as good as the original. Barely held my attention.

Critic Reviews


Felix Vasquez Jr.
October 23, 2013
Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed

Without the "Rear Window" frame, "Fright Night 2," is just another forgettable buffoonish vampire movie. Full Review

Nick Schager
April 21, 2011
Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness

Nothing more than a cheapo regurgitation of its predecessor. Full Review

Christopher Null
September 1, 2003
Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com

a fairly standard slash-and-grab vampire movie Full Review

Scott Weinberg
July 26, 2002
Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com

Better than a lot of Part 2s -- but not by a whole heck of a lot.

July 10, 2008
Variety

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January 26, 2006
Time Out

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
January 1, 2000
Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

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Emanuel Levy
August 21, 2005
Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com

No review available.

Carol Cling
April 16, 2004
Carol Cling, Las Vegas Review-Journal

No review available.

Philip Martin
July 30, 2002
Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

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Facts


    • Louie: (after being shop with an arrow and falling from a window) Bull's eye, dude.
    • Regine: Do you know how to use your lips Charlie?
    • Alex: I have a class at 7:00.
    • Charley Brewster: People actually attend class at 7 in the morning? It's inhumane, it's anti-American
    • Peter Vincent: First we need some holy water, and some communion wafers.
    • Alex: Communion wafers? The stuff you get from the church? Am I going to hell for this?
    • Charley Brewster: It was a performance.
    • Peter Vincent: She cast no reflection!
    • Charley Brewster: (about Peter Vincent) I never returned his calls. To tell the truth I'm a little scared.
    • Dr. Harrison: Of vampires?
    • Charley Brewster: No.
    • Dr. Harrison: Why?
    • Charley Brewster: Because vampires aren't real.

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