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Fright Night 2: New Blood (2013) review

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While studying abroad in Romania, Charlie (Will Payne) discovers that is professor, Gerri Dandridge (Jaime Murray), is a vampire.

Let’s make one thing abundantly clear, Fright Night 2: New Blood is NOT a sequel to the 2011 Fright Night remake.  This film is a remake of Fright Night, though I’m not sure which one.  The characters are the same (Charlie Brewster, ‘Evil’ Ed, Amy, Gerri (Jerry) Dandridge, Peter Vincent), but the setting is different.  While the remake of Fright Night wasn’t a success at the box office, it was a damned good film.  Why they would make this boggles the mind.  This film is terrible and I am mad at myself for watching the whole thing.  I kept telling myself to shut it off; I never did, and now I hate myself.

Charlie, ‘Evil’ Ed, and Amy head to Romania to study abroad.  While there, Charlie discovers that their professor is actually the first vampire, Elisabeth Bathory.  He then recruits Peter Vincent (Sean Power), the host of a ghost hunting show called ‘Fright Night’, to battle the vampire.  That is basically the entire plot of the film.  Somehow, though, they Fright Night 2manage to stretch it out to an hour and a half.  That hour and a half felt like an eternity.  As I watched the film, I could have sworn it was well over two hours.

As I sit here trying to write this review, I find that I have absolutely no passion to write about this film.  It is that bad.  Charlie looks like a lower rent Crispin Glover, just with none of the weird wackiness inherent to Glover.  ‘Evil’ Ed tries to be geeky evil like Stephen Geoffreys in the original 1985 Fright Night, but fails miserably.  He tries way too hard to be something he’s not.  Sean Power as Peter Vincent . . .Really?  A no name actor to follow up Roddy McDowell and David Tennant as the character of Peter Vincent?  Wow, the filmmakers really thought that through . . .

There are only two minor interesting bits in the film, but they are not enough to justify watching it.  One scene is in motion comic form explaining the history of Elisabeth Bathory.  It was a rather interesting scene.  The other minor bit of interest comes from the vampire using sonar like a bat to track their prey.  That was interesting, just filmed in such a way as to give you a headache.  If you like strobe lights, you will dig the sonar scenes.  It was an interesting idea that just didn’t come together as well as the filmmakers thought.

You know, I have written more about this film than it deserves.  It is a terrible, terrible film that pisses on the legacy of the 1985 original and completely flushes any goodwill gained from the 2011 remake.  Why someone felt it was a good idea to make this is beyond me.  Avoid at all costs!

1/2 out of **** (It’s get’s the half star because of the interesting sonar idea)

 

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