FRIGHT NIGHT 2 (2013) (BLU-RAY)
Reviewed by: Zombie Boy
What's it about
A trio of North American students studying abroad in Romania run afoul of an age-old vampire.
Is it good movie?
The original FRIGHT NIGHT (1985) is a bit goofy, and while not totally without merit, for me doesn't hold up well to the test of time. As such I was not terribly upset to learn about the 2011 remake. That film I think started off well, but somewhere in the middle lost the plot and descended into tedium. And now we have FRIGHT NIGHT 2: NEW BLOOD, which is another damned remake, only two years later. It boggles the mind. And between you and me, third time is decidedly not the charm.
In this iteration, Charley, Amy, and Evil Ed are students abroad in Romania. It is never made clear what kind of students they are. They are shown getting off a charter bus, and they have a grumpy be-suited man with a clipboard being stern and telling them what to do, but then they attend class in a lecture hall with a professor, like college students. So who knows. But ah, their professor is the important part. She's Gerri Dandridge, a female version of the previous films' vampire. And that's the upshot of this pile of dog eggs: how can we justify rehashing what was already so recently rehashed? We'll make the vampire a chick! We'll shoot it in Romania, because that's cheaper than the States or Canada, and hell, we'll set it there, too. More budget savings, regardless of how little sense it makes.
From there it's the regular FRIGHT NIGHT stuff: Charley spies Gerri being vampy; no one believes him, until they do; and they get Peter Vincent involved, portrayed here as a television ghost hunter, who just happens to also be in Romania, and by far the douchiest version of the character yet. Most of it follows the established path, which I guess would be spoilery if you haven't seen the other FN films, so let it suffice that it's an unintelligent, unoriginal vampire film, so you can assume there's lots of overacting, teeth-baring, and hissing. I really want to rant and rave and the sheer idiocy of the final act, but again, spoilers.
Also, director Eduardo Rodriguez does his level best to insert his presence into every shot. There are subjective camera angles, Dutch angles, 360's, even strobe light effects in an otherwise darkened tunnel (where we also learn that vampires can use echolocation and can squeak high enough to break glass. You heard me). The only reasons you might get some small bit of entertainment from this film are Jamie Murray as Gerri, most notable as HG Well from WAREHOUSE 13, and a bunch of tits. Not Murray tits: calm down geek boys. But tits nonetheless. Real obvious tit closeups, almost like they know hey, we've got nothing: so have some tits instead.
Video / Audio
Video: 1080p, 1.78:1. The image looks fine, aside from some shite CGI.
Audio: DTS HD Master Audio 5, with optional English SDH, Spanish, and French subtitles.
Oh great, there's a Commentary with director Eduardo Rodriguez and producers Alison Rosenzweig and Michael Gaeta. The talk is amiable and informative, which would be good if I gave an eff. If you watch this movie and for some unknowable reason want to know more about the production, this is a good bet for you.
Fright Night Webisodes: There are five webisodes here, totaling about 11 minutes, which is the show Fright Night, hosted by Peter Vincent, watched by Charley and Ed in the movie. It's Vincent trudging around a castle in the dark, talking about how Dracula was really a woman. Yup.
Dracula Revealed: This is a 6-minute piece with interviews with the principal cast and crew talking about Countess Bathory, mixed with movie footage and BTS stuff.
I hate to be blunt, but this movie is just bad. A remake of a remake is like splitting cable: you lose signal each time, impacting clarity. This version of FRIGHT NIGHT distills out all of the character development of the other films, so all you have left are annoying teenagers, overacting vampires, and bad CGI. See it for Jamie Murray if you must see it at all.