Charley Brewster (Will Payne) just broke up with his girlfriend, Amy Peterson (Sacha Parkinson), and is travelling abroad in Romania with his pal "Evil" Ed Bates (Chris Waller), when the three cross paths with an immortal vampire, dating all the way back to Countess Elizabeth Bathory. The vampire, also their professor, is Gerri Dandridge (Jaime Murray), a beautiful seductress with a desire to become the most powerful creature on the planet. Their only hope, it seems, lies with visiting American reality TV star, Peter Vincent (Sean Power), who may or may not be a hoax. But that's a risk these teens are willing to take. Sound familiar? Well, it should. Because this is not a sequel, but rather a remake. Not even remotely thinly veiled as such. And the saddest part about this campy B-horror film is not the fact that it is mislabeled as a continuation. No, this film is destined for mediocrity from the very beginning because, despite its unfortunate marketing campaign, it is nothing more than another remake of a classic comedy/horror flick from the 1980s.
The "original" was a similar plot, only taking place in the heart of middle America, and Peter Vincent being a failed D-list horror film actor and Jerry Dandridge being the Brewster kid's mysterious next door neighbor. The remake (before this one) was updated to modern times and featured an all-star cast of actors, this time updating the Peter Vincent character to a stage magician who dabbles in the black arts and changing the setting to a Las Vegas suburb. Those films were great, in their own rights, because the first was original and the second had fantastic special effects. This film, yet another remake, or rather a reimagining, also has good special effects. But there is yet another tragic flaw near the beginning and throughout the entire piece: Absolutely none of the characters are even remotely likable. At all.
Perhaps the only interesting character is that of Gerri Dandridge, but even that is being generous. Her looks are enough to make her believable, and the special vampire effects are pretty good, especially for a straight-to-DVD film. But the actress (recently seen on TV shows like Warehouse 13, Spartacus, Dexter, and Ringer) herself can only do so much with such a boring script. She is perfectly cast and it really would have been nice to have been introduced to her character earlier on. Perhaps another 20-30 minutes of screen time from the vampire would have made this a much more interesting film. Director Eduardo Rodriguez does a decent enough job trying to make this wooden characters seem realistic, but the flat dialogue provided by screenwriter Matt Venne makes his job, along with the relatively unknown cast, nearly impossible. There are a few unique twists and turns in both the plot and the vampire mythos, which will keep any horror fan watching until the end, but even though it is a noble attempt, this sequel/redo to a remake from the 1980s pretty much misses the point. It's not funny. And the worst part about it is the fact that it isn't trying to be serious. It's just poorly written.