23 Sep 2013

'Fright Night 2: New Blood (2013)' Review

Director: Eduardo Rodriguez
Writer: Matt Venne
Stars: Will Payne, Jamie Murray, Sean Power
Running Time: 88 mins
Sub-Genre: Vampire, Monster, Sci-Fi
Release: October 2013

By day Gerri Dandridge is a sexy professor, but by night she transforms into a real-life vampire with an unquenchable thirst for human blood. So when a group of high school students travel abroad to study in Romania, they find themselves ensnared in Gerri's chilling web of lust and terror. Charley and "Evil" Ed must stop Gerri from drinking and bathing in the blood of a "new moon virgin," which just so happens to be Charley's ex-girlfriend, Amy. They enlist help from Peter Vincent, the vampire hunting host of a reality show called "Fright Night," to drive a stake through Gerri's plan and save Amy from a fate far worse than death.











Fright Night 2: New Blood, the sequel to the under-rated 2011 hit Remake Fright Night hits selected cinemas on October 1st, and if you had any sense you would avoid this cheese-filled cliche of a film and skip right to what matters, catching the latest episode of the next vampire show you can get your hands on, anything to avoid stumbling into this shambles of a sequel.

Part Night of the Demons, part bad of Fright Night, New Blood takes away everything that made the 2011 remake watchable and enjoyable, and fills it with enough hollow cliches and cheesy deliveries to please the most mindless of horror audiences, and although the odd moment here and there sparks some directorial creativity  it can't help but all feel a little to flavorless, and a little too overdone. Hear me going on like it's a three-course meal, but if you are to watch it which I highly advise you not to then you will know what I mean.

It's bad enough to do a sequel to a remake, Ala Rob Zombie's Halloween II, but to complete copy the formula the remake set out, and changing the characters and location is an atrocious approach that was taken in order to make a sequel worth watching. Fair enough, it isn't horrendous but Venne and Rodriguez went around this the completely wrong way. 2011's Fright Night's redeeming feature was it's fun approach to a tired sub-genre, and that reason alone made the movie a hit despite is massively underwhelming take at the box office, New Blood is a one-dimensional vamp affair that lacks originality and the aspect that made the first so good, the fun factor.

Aside from some visually inspired action and a brave and sexy performance from Jamie Murray, Fright Night 2: New Blood is as derived and unnecessary as one could imagine, and doesn't hold a candle to the above average bar that was set by the 2011 remake. Perhaps if New Blood was fun it would have been a different experience, but to put it bluntly, it done nothing for me, so it will do nothing for you.

Not exactly "boring", and more "inept", New Blood fails to deliver anything actually worth watching, and despite a slightly fascinating subway scene, it presents nothing more than the plain-Jane of horror moments, accompanied by the largest cliches attached to the vamp sub-genre. It was all too boring and derived to enjoy, not to mention the fact I was close to dozing off during the final act; not the worst of all the acts, but defiantly the most uninspired. The whole film is that exactly, forced and banal, and if entertainment comes from this then you are amused easily, as this is nothing but 90 minutes of horrible Twilight/Night of the Demon inspired blood romp with dodgy acting and a sexy lead. If you're not going into this for Jamie Murray then you shouldn't be going in at all.

VERDICT: Aside from some visually inspired action and a brave and sexy performance from Jamie Murray, Fright Night 2: New Blood is as derived and unnecessary as one could imagine, and doesn't hold a candle to the above average bar that was set by the 2011 remake. Perhaps if New Blood was fun it would have been a different experience, but to put it bluntly, it done nothing for me, so it will do nothing for you.

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