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Fright Night 2: New Blood Blu-ray Review

Fright Night 2- New Blood Blu-ray

“Fright Night 2: New Blood” is an average direct-to-DVD horror flick.

After Dreamworks released 2011’s “Fright Night” remake, Fox has opted to put out a straight-to-DVD installment titled “Fright Night 2: New Blood.” From the title, one would expect this to be a sequel to the 2011 version, but it’s not. It is yet another reboot of the franchise despite it having the number 2 in the title for no apparent reason.

In this outing, Charley, Evil Ed, and Amy (the main characters from the series) travel to Romania as part of an exchange student program. Amidst relationship troubles with Amy, Charley begins to see strange things around Romania involving their seductive new teacher Gerry. After further investigation, Charley discovers that she is a vampire. With the help of his horror obsessed pal Evil Ed, the two discover that Gerri is no ordinary vampire but rather the notorious Elizabeth Bathory. Knowing they need help, the two track down a celebrity monster hunter (Peter Vincent) to help them stop Bathory. Will the group be able to stop Elizabeth Bathory or are they all doomed to die?

As someone who is generally vehemently opposed to remakes, I have to admit that the 2011 version of “Fright Night” was one of the better remakes around. I was never overly attached to the original film and I thought the new version offered up some memorable performances (especially by David Tennant). Instead of continuing where the last film left, however, this remake sequel reboots the series for a third time with an all-new cast. The result? Watchable, but ultimately forgettable.

The biggest issue with ‘New Blood’ is the fact that this series did not need to be rebooted. No fan of the “Fright Night” series wants to see the same general story retold yet again. Granted, there are a few surprises here (like the motion comic segment and the ending) and a different villain with Elizabeth Bathory, but when it’s all over and done with, the movie still has the same characters and many of the same bloody outcomes.

Despite the low budget, the production values are admirable. Some of the wirework is clunky to be sure, but the gore f/x and the location shooting is solid to be sure.

As far as the cast goes, they’re mostly adequate enough. Jaime Murray (who plays the vampire villainess) is clearly the highlight here as she seems to be having the most fun. Sean Power (who plays Peter Vincent) is the weaklink as he seems to be channeling Jesse Pinkman from “Breaking Bad” instead of playing Peter Vincent.

Note: This disc contains the Unrated cut of the film which runs a minute longer than the rated version.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? Impressive. The Romania locals dazzle in hi-def.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound?  From the dialogue centric moments to the action sequences, this is a lively track.

Extras:
* DVD copy, digital copy and Ultraviolet copy.
* Fox movie and TV show trailers.
* 4 “Fright Night Webisodes” of Peter Vincent’s fictional series (as featured in “Fright Night 2: New Blood”).
* “Dracula Revealed”- A featurette on the Dracula mythos.
* A decent commentary by Eduardo Rodriguez, Alison Rosenzweig and Michael Gaeta. Expect stories about the production, the cast, producers, etc.

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October 9, 2013 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , ,

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