"Such a thing simply
couldn’t happen twice, Charlie."-- Peter Vincent
This sequel to the 80’s
vampire gem “Fright Night” drops the dash of old school which the first one
had to fully embrace the hip, colorful and glam 80’s vibe. We’re
talking a transvestite vampire on roller-skates, puffy hair and tacky
outfits. Although I did miss the more “classic” ingredients that the
first Fright Night sported, the lack of them didn’t kill this sequel, it
just made it less unique and more in tune with the likes of "The Lost Boys"
This follow-up does suffer
from a bad case of “sequelite” at times, but I still found lots of slick
stuff to dig here. First off, it felt great to see the boyz back in human
rodents killing action again. Charlie Brewster (Ragsdale) and Peter
Vincent (McDowall) are in the house ya'll and they can do no wrong. The
magic is still there. Second of all, the inclusion of the new lead vamp
Regine (Carmen), brings with it a very interesting subplot in respect to
Charlie. I really dug her “vengeance” angle and that scenario brought
poor Charlie to places he didn’t visit in the original. It’s nice to
see a sequel take its lead character further.
Regine (Carmen) herself is one
hot little fanged number. Although she doesn’t have the incredible
magnetism that Jerry Dandridge (played by Chris Sarandon) showcased in the
first, she’s still extremely pleasant to the eye. I relished her erotic
dance sequences (yes, I foamed), her impressive cleavage and every time the
camera would close up on her face, I would get lost in her sultry gaze.
Great piece of casting there. The flick itself looks way sharp, Wallace
handles his directorial tasks like a champ, the awesome score by Brad
Fiedel thankfully returns and the movie is very effect-heavy; well-done
effects at that! No CGI can ever do what these dudes used to accomplish in
the days. Nice!
On a negative vibe, this
movie’s biggest fault has to be the tedious relationship between Charlie
and Alex (Lind). Their love thang bored the crap out of me. Why is she
dating this chump again? I mean, he stands her up big-time! He’s always
trying to get in her pants! He dresses like shite! Why doesn’t she dump
his neurotic ass? It didn’t make sense to me. Also, will Charlie ever
date a girl that’s NOT a virgin? I felt echoes of the first “Fright
Night” there. Which brings me to this sequel’s second biggest boo-boo:
it’s too much like the first one at times. Any "connaisseur" of
the original will spot many identical moments in this sequel. The screenwriters SHOULDN’T have watched the first
so many times before putting pen to paper.
last pet peeve is that apart from wood-inducing Regine, the other baddies
didn’t do much for me. The roller skating gender bender (Clark) was
boring and the werewolf duder (Gries) was somewhat funny but kind of
annoying at the same time. His werewolf get-up wuz also the only weak
effect in the flick. The sole entertaining supporting hoodlum was the
bug-eating ogre (Thompson) who spouted the names of the insects which he
ate in Latin, before gobbling
them up. He got a couple of chuckles out of me and his insect fetish
eventually lead to one very gruesome demise.
end, Fright 2 does pale in comparison next to the original but it's still an
adequate companion piece. Yes, it has flaws, yes, it's very similar to the first
film every now and then but the pace is quick, the performances are mostly enjoyable, the
effects are well done and it's pretty much harmless fun the whole way (loved
the bowling scene). Also, Regine is one delicious looking vamp and she can
suck my ”bleep” any day. Welcome To Fright Night…AGAIN?