Review: ‘Fright Night Part 2’

Pic begins with scenes from 1985's original, and continues in the same vein. Though its camp humor and goopy effects are familiar, it's better than the average shlocker.

Pic begins with scenes from 1985’s original, and continues in the same vein. Though its camp humor and goopy effects are familiar, it’s better than the average shlocker.

At the outset young Charley (William Ragsdale) has completed therapy and is cautiously certain he just imagined that vampire neighbor. Before long a quartet of sinister types has come to live in the old apartment where Charley’s friend, TV horror host Peter Vincent (Roddy McDowall) resides and the mayhem starts all over again. This time, the vampires are led by a slinky femme fatale (Julie Carmen) and include an androgynous black, a leather-jacketed hood and a musclebound, silent type.

Helmer Tommy Lee Wallace brings freshness to the proceedings via inventive use of the wide screen and a ghoulish sense of humor. Special effects are very good.

Fright Night Part 2

Production

Vista. Director Tommy Lee Wallace; Producer Herb Jaffe, Mort Engelberg; Screenplay Tim Metcalfe, Miguel Tejada-Flores, Tommy Lee Wallace; Camera Mark Irwin; Editor Jay Lash Cassidy; Music Brad Fiedel; Art Director Dean Tschetter

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1988. Running time: 101 MIN.

With

Roddy McDowall William Ragsdale Traci Lin Julie Carmen Russell Clark Brian Thompson
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