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Fright Night 2 (1989)




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This horror-comedy sequel finds the teen protagonist of Fright Night being terrorized by the undead sister of the vampire he killed in the original film. Two years after the death of bloodsucker Jerry Dandridge, young Charley Brewster (William Ragsdale) has settled into life as a college student and rejected his former belief in the existence of vampires. Although he's busy pursuing the affections of determined coed Alex (Traci Lind), Charley soon falls under the spell of the mysterious and alluring Regine (Julie Carmen). Although everything about the woman screams vampire, her feminine charms -- and her claims of being nothing but an outlandish performance artist -- lead Charley to become her unwilling servant. Torn between Regine's enchantments and his loyalty to Traci, the youth again looks for help from Peter Vincent (Roddy McDowall), the washed-up horror-show host who assisted him in the first film. Soon, Charley, Peter, and Traci are facing off against a coven of picturesque bloodsuckers led by Regine, who reveals herself to be the ancient sister of Jerry Dandridge. Directed and co-written by John Carpenter colleague Tommy Lee Wallace, Fright Night Part 2 includes a co-writing credit for Pretty Woman scribe Stephen Metcalfe and cinematography from Mark Irwin, who has worked with everyone from David Cronenberg to the Farrelly brothers. ~ Brian J. Dillard, Rovi


William Ragsdale
as Charley Brewster
Roddy McDowall
as Peter Vincent
Jon Gries
as Louie
Ernie Sabella
as Dr. Harrison
Karen Andrews
as Mrs. Stern
Rochelle Ashana
as Art Major
Blair Tefkin
as Beatrice
Ed Corbett
as Stagehand
Scanlon Gail
as Watch Captain
John Lafayette
as Bartender
Gary Allen
as Mr. Newberry
Brad Kepnick
as Hip Young Guy
Neith Hunter
as Young Admirer
Ed Quinlan
as Newscaster
Jennifer Joan Taylor
as Secretary/Receptionist
Gar Campbell
as Director
David Efron
as Orderly
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Critic Reviews for Fright Night 2

All Critics (9)

...the main reason to watch this film is that there's a ton of batsh*t crazy on display. The sense of humour is much stronger in the sequel, particularly in sequences like the dormitory attack sequence

February 21, 2020 | Full Review…

Without the "Rear Window" frame, "Fright Night 2," is just another forgettable buffoonish vampire movie.

October 23, 2013 | Full Review…

Nothing more than a cheapo regurgitation of its predecessor.

April 21, 2011 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

a fairly standard slash-and-grab vampire movie

September 1, 2003 | Rating: 2.5/5

Better than a lot of Part 2s -- but not by a whole heck of a lot.

July 26, 2002 | Rating: 2.5/5

Audience Reviews for Fright Night 2

12/02/2013 (Online)

EightThirty .
EightThirty .

Super Reviewer

Being a die-hard fan of the original Fright Night, I finally got around to seeing the sequel. I had heard mixed things about, and I was skeptical about seeing it. However, I found the film to be pretty good, but not as good the original. This sequel is a more laid back flick than the first. Watching the first film, you realize that there is a different tone in atmosphere with this one. The film is good, but lacks the elements that made the first one such a classic. The problem with this film is that it essentially follows the same ideas as the first. With that being said, Fright Night Part 2 offers nothing really new or original, but is nonetheless a fun little film. This is one of those sequels that could have been great, but it's slightly disappointing. This film could have been better if Stephen Geoffreys who played Evil Ed would have returned. The film is slightly more tongue in cheek than the original, and is gorier, which ruins the tone of the film a bit. The original Fright Night wasn't gory and tended to rely more a dark atmosphere to create its horror. However with this sequel, the filmmakers went for more gore, which for me anyhow cheapened the film a bit. The standouts here are Julie Carmen as Regine Dandrige and Traci Lind as Alex, Charley's new girlfriend. The script may not be as solid as the first film, but this is still a pretty good vampire film. This could have been a far better sequel as well. The film had some good ideas on-screen, but I think that they could have toned down the gore and make it a bit more atmospheric. The sensual traditional vampire elements were there, and Julie Carmen was definitely perfect in her part. The best way to describe Fright Night Part 2 is as a cheesy, mindless good time. Just don't go expecting something memorable like the 1985 classic, you'll be disappointed. However as far as real vampire films are concerned, this is still one of those films that keeps with the traditions. This is a film worth seeing and still fun, just not as fun as the original.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer


This was a completely unnecessary sequel to a great film, not to mention it is more than just a major downgrade in filmmaking. Vampires randomly come in, the main cast change their minds from the thoughts they originally had by the end of the first movie, which makes absolutely no sense, and overall, this film disgusted me. A director who had nothing to do with the first film decided to helm a sequel that stared lead female vampires and a vampire that doesn't like blood, but enjoys to eat insects. Besides the ridiculously similar plot line, the bad acting, the untrue dialogue, and the stupid jump scares, there are a few moments that reflect on the original and would make any viewer smirk. However, the originality is missing, which makes this film almost unwatchable to think it is a sequel to a classic. I will never watch this movie again and quite frankly I despise the creators for thinking of it! What a shame!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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