When they decided to remake the 1985 classic Fright Night it was met with mixed results with fans when it was released in 2011. While it did decent enough to score a sequel instead of the theatrical release it is coming straight to video without any of the cast of the big budget first film but aptly titled Fright Night 2. Love or hate the remake could it be a good sign when its sequel comes straight to video or could it be they are stepping things up to make it better?
Fright Night 2 follows a group of high school students who travel to Romania to study, but find themselves caught in the web of one of their professors who just happens to be a vampire. Now they are in the fight for their lives and must enlist the help of a reality show vampire hunter in hopes to save themselves from a fate worse than death. If this story sounds familiar it should as it is pretty much just another remake of the same story but in a different country. Surprisingly enough it works pretty well and delivers on the gore but is literally telling the same story again with different actors. It has nothing to do with the first film other than the name itself and the characters involved. This was a bit frustrating and actually puts you off from the overall film that otherwise works fine. This time around the vampire characters is a female which brings the sexy to the horror and a different dimension to the story. The performances were decent enough, but none really stood out other than the actor portraying this version of Evil Ed who is pretty annoying and not in that fun way. There are some great gore moments and the Romanian backdrop makes for a much better vampire story, but sadly just ended up feeling like the same old thing again for no reason.
With a bit of tweaking of the story they could have kept the same characters or even just renamed them and made a movie that would work a lot better. This was such a missed opportunity and is puzzling why they stuck to such lazy writing to bring it to life. If you enjoy the vampire genre then you might still dig this movie as it’s not a bad film, but just know you are going to be watching a reimagining of the same story you have seen already twice before.