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Teens in Romania. Vampires. Sequels to remakes. What more could you ask for?
Why Am I Watching It?
Up until the moment I decided to buy Fright Night 2: New Blood, I didn't know the movie ever existed. I had no idea they did a sequel to the remake of Fright Night. I did enjoy the remake. I was sketchy on this particular movie, though. I didn't recognize any of the names listed for cast on the back of the Bluray, and since I never heard of it, I would assume there's a reason for that... However, it was a whole dollar at Dollar Tree. So, I thought, why not?
*Definitely Spoilers Ahead*
This second version of Fright Night 2, which doesn't seem to have much to do with the plot line from the 1988 version of the film, has the typical Fright Night storyline. A teen sees a sexy female vampire, he sees her kill someone and take the body away, and he gets a little too brave for a human in a country he's not even from.
Unlike the Dracula tale we're all used to in most vampire stories, this time the murderous vampiress is Elizabeth Bathory, The Blood Countess. She's a nasty looking vampire until she soaks in the blood of the women she murders, and then she's young and seductive again.
The movie has boobs and blood. It has that B-movie feel to it, but it's not campy.
It also comes with the shaming of the accuser you expect. In this case, Charlie tries to show his ex-girlfriend that their professor is a vampire by holding a bible out at her. She easily takes the bible from him, but after the ex-girlfriend is out of sight, Bathory waves at him, showing the burn mark on her hand.
Everything is typical, everything is expected, yet there is still something that keeps you visually glued to what's going on. Maybe it's just my curiosity.
Oh, I forgot the corny sidekick friend, Ed. That character is awful. Ignore him. The only part with him I enjoyed was the comic book story brought to life, about Bathory and her lust for blood. I like that it gives a bit of a twist on the story we generally hear of her in movies.
Peter Vincent will appear... but it feels like we wait forever. The vintage 80s version of this character was way better (in my opinion).
What I Really Thought Of 'Fright Night 2: New Blood'
I honestly have to say I got bored halfway through, which lead to me getting distracted by Facebook and probably missing some key points to the movie. I did start paying attention in time for Bathory to find the virgin she's been searching for centuries for—the one that will supposedly cure her of her vampirism.
It's an OK movie. I will probably watch it at least one more time, but I am glad I only spend $1 on it (I probably wouldn't have bought it if I'd have had to pay any more for it.
It has some fun action/adventure bits; it's bloody even though it doesn't revolve around the gore factor. The acting isn't super terrible (except for Ed). There are some surprises, which makes it more interesting once you get past the momentary boring part.
This movie is definitely worth $1. Check your local Dollar Tree and see if they have any available! Even if you don't enjoy it, you should be able to get your buck back by having a yard sale (or just donate it and use it as a tax write-off).