Fright Night 2: The New Blood (2013)
(18) Running time: 99 minutes
Director: Eduardo Rodriguez
Writer: Matt Venne
Cast: Will Payne, Jaime Murray, Sean Power, Sacha Parkinson, Chris Waller
Reviewed by: Matt Wavish
Many people hated the Fright Night remake which starred Colin Farrell, Anton Yelchin and David Tennant. I actually quite liked it, it was not a patch on the original, but it was good fun, but I don’t think it needed a sequel. Apparently neither did director Eduardo Rodriguez and writer Matt Venne, for their film titled Fright Night 2: The New Blood, is not actually a sequel at all, but yet another remake, sort of.
It has all the characters from the original and the remake, but puts them all in a new situation, and a new and gorgeous setting. Here Charley Brewster (Will Payne) and Evil Ed Bates (Chris Waller) have headed to Romania with Brewsters love interest Amy Peterson (Sacha Parkinson), while vampire hunter Peter Vincent (Sean Power) hosts a Fright Night TV show. In Romania the friends have come to study the ancient myths of vampires, and their teacher is the seductive, ultra sexy Gerri Dandridge (Jaime Murray). Brewster soon learns that by day Dandridge is their teacher, but by night she holds a dark secret.
It all begins when Brewster witnesses a sexy girl having a bit of a lesbian clinch with a hot brunette in the window opposite, and he panics when blood start running down the neck of the young red head. He later goes to class and realises that his new teacher is the same brunette from the night before, and so begins an investigation into who she really is. Brewster soon discovers that she may be a vampire, and has his suspicions confirmed when he witnesses an old hag undressing a sexy girl with the power of her mind, slitting her throat and bathing in her blood. After submerging in the blood, she comes out a younger person, the same young, sexy woman who has been teaching his class. It soon becomes apparent that Brewsters love interest is the key to the vampires ritual to stay young, and TV host Peter Vincent is called in to help.
The plot is wafer thin, but what is missing in plot is made up for in some great moments of horror, sex and respectful nods to bigger and better vampire classics. Rodriguez is clearly out to have some fun mixing some very hot sex and nudity with some extreme gore, and for those looking for something easy on the brain and very pleasing on the eyes, you can do far worse than Fright Night 2: The New Blood.
Yes the characters are not perfect, and some of the script and acting can be a bit weak, but Hell there is plenty to enjoy here if you want to simply switch off and let your horror juices flow. The vampire scenes are impressive, the blood is never far away, and Jaime Murray rarely wears clothes! She is hot, and seduces throughout the film, and there are plenty of young, sexy girls for her to pray on. The production is very good for a straight to DVD offering, and I found something hugely likeable about this film.
It is no classic, and is far from perfect, but there is so much excitement to be had, and it is clear everyone involved is playing this for fun. The makers knew their limits, and they obviously know the horror genre and deliver a sex and gore soaked horror film that never tries to be anything clever, and never wants to be anything more than a simple tick box exercise in gratuitous horror. If you like what is says on the tin, chances are you’ll find plenty to enjoy here. Take Fright Night 2: The New Blood on face value, and just have some fun with it, lord knows there are plenty of ‘serious’ horror films out there, so enjoy one that simply wants to entertain!