Charley Brewster and Peter Vincent must join forces
once again when Jerry Dandrige's sister is out for revenge.
Fright Night Part 2 (1988)
Directed by Tommy Lee Wallace
Written by Tim Metcalfe, Miguel Tejada-Flores, Tommy Lee Wallace
Starring Roddy McDowall, William Ragsdale, Traci Lind,
Julie Carmen, Jon Gries, Russell Clark, Brian Thompson,
Merritt Butrick, Ernie Sabella
Sequel to 1985's Fright Night
This is a film I honestly never thought I'd get to see. It's not streaming anywhere and it's impossible to get a DVD of it. Thank God for YouTube, am I right? There it was in its entirety, and there's no way I was gonna pass that up. Going in, I expected it to suck, and I was right. This is a pretty piss-poor sequel, and a very weak movie. The characters all feel like parodies of who they were in the first film, and there's so many gaps and unanswered questions that it starts to hurt your head when you think about it too much. But since I expected that, I wasn't very disappointed.
It's been three years since Charley (Ragsdale) killed Jerry Dandrige and saved the neighborhood. In that time, Charlie enrolled in college and received extensive therapy to convince himself vampires don't actually exist. His relationship with Peter Vincent (McDowall) is rocky, as he still firmly believes in what happened. One day, however, a gorgeous performance artist named Regine (Carmen) arrives in town. She reveals to Charley and Peter that she is Jerry's sister and wants revenge, so she turns Charley into a vampire, meaning Peter must join forces with Charley's new girlfriend Alex (Lind) to save him and destroy Regine. It sounds neat on paper, but it's not executed well. Regine's vampire posse is forgettable, and there's no logical reason why Charley could just act like the first film didn't happen.
Fright Night Part 2 is not the epic sequel horror fans wanted. It's a forgotten 80's movie for a reason. I'm probably the first person to watch this movie in decades, and it will stay buried because it's a bad movie. Stick to the first one. It's a masterpiece and it's not going anywhere.