Mike / August 19th, 2011
August 19, 2011 at 1:03 am
Loved the originals, I actually downloaded both Fright Night and Fright Night 2 off torrents a couple years ago for a Halloween Party in the backyard using a projector plugged to laptop 🙂
I’ve always disliked Hollywood remakes and from the trailers it seems they should have left well enough alone.
The Doctor Who fans will like seeing David Tennant but that’s about it.
August 19, 2011 at 1:05 am
August 19, 2011 at 1:37 am
I don’t mind remakes as long as they respect the original movies they are remaking such as Let me in/Let the right one in,The Thing/John Carpenters The Thing,The Fly/The Fly(1986),The Ring/Ringu,The Crazies/The Crazies(2010),The Hills have Eyes/The Hills have Eyes(2006)
August 19, 2011 at 1:44 am
I’m a little worried about this remake to be honest. From the trailers at least it seems like they haven’t quite grasped what makes the original Fright Night such a fun movie.
August 19, 2011 at 1:56 am
this is weird I was just about to wacht this movie when I saw this post while updating my Facebook as for the Remake I was lucky enough to see an advance showing It is allot more serious than the original and overall its a good movie whether or not its a good remake to me it is but some may not like it as a remake
I didn’t even know this existed. Thanks.
August 19, 2011 at 2:19 am
Interesting (and sad) fact : The person who portrayed Evil Ed in the first movie went on to become a gay porn actor.
August 19, 2011 at 2:23 am
It looks like to me that the remake of Fright Night took a shit all over your website James!! It is every single ad on the page right now!! But you probably already know this…
August 19, 2011 at 2:40 am
This means no Monster Madness 2011?
August 19, 2011 at 2:54 am
@Fred . Fuchs:
Well, he says in ‘AVGN Movie – Accepting PayPal Donations’ that he has been preparing Monster Madness 2011 and that it’s coming along nicely, or something to that effect.
August 19, 2011 at 3:35 am
So hard to find, except…from 130 seeds on TPB torrent
August 19, 2011 at 3:50 am
I think I’ll skip the remake – I dunno, there’s something unique about the 80s that you can’t just remake (and not just horror movies – other stuff like Footloose, etc, as well). Hell, I even read they might make a sequal to Blade Runner now…I mean, come on, enough already.
August 19, 2011 at 4:22 am
I had to register just so I can give some more info about this release (which is one of my favorites of the genre).
-Supposedly the rights to the movie are in “limbo hell.” Columbia Pictures has kinda looked into releasing it, but some smaller company who bought out the guy who bought out the original holder has a hold on it, and Columbia doesn’t really care to spend so much effort into finding out what it would take to get it.
-A high definition version was broadcast on television a couple of years back, in widescreen 1080p, and is “viewable” if you google about how to. More importantly, it showed fans that a great looking transfer of the movie was made and is ready to be released on an HD format somehow.
If the new flik does well I can’t imagine the two original films not being released on Bluray, let alone being released on dvd. We’ll see…
August 19, 2011 at 5:21 am
Great review. I like both first and second part. But I am not sure what to think for the remake. I think I will pass. To be honest a few days ago I just want it to watch the movie, and was very surprised to see this reviews in the very same day . Nice coincidence. It was same about TMNT reviews. During James review series of TMNT i watch original 1987 series.
August 19, 2011 at 5:30 am
I’ve always wanted to see this, but can’t afford the DVD or find the video anywhere. As for the remake, Mr. Tennant iseems good casting for Roddy McDowell’s part (due to his eccentricity), but besides that, it doesn’t seem as legendary as the original.
August 19, 2011 at 6:07 am
if you want to see the movie and cant find it to purchase i found this.
i know some ppl may not like downloading movies but if you cant buy it why not.
August 19, 2011 at 6:23 am
i wish i could donate froght night 2 to him but umm i dont kmow how to donate it to him but he have seen it. and james i love ur passion of making movies i have watched the legend of the blue i think its called its well…. fucken awesome its a classic to me and i want to watch again and again but i love for to seeis AVGN movie so i would think its a damn fucken classic of pear darrhea up a cows ears into the brain to think its going to be the shit for any movie to see by the fucken nerd but damn i hope it will be on dvd or in itunes store or just in theatres in canada alberta, fucken love ur films james fucken rolfe.
August 19, 2011 at 9:06 am
You Didn’t Mention Bozworth (Brian Thompson) D;
August 19, 2011 at 10:14 am
August 19, 2011 at 10:30 am
I was kind of expecting to see this review in this year’s Monster Madness, but I guess with the remake and everything you gotta strike when the iron is hot. I gotta say though, the entire Charlie turning into a vampire kind of reminds me a lot of the Jim Carrey movie Once Bitten.
August 19, 2011 at 10:53 am
I think a widescreen copy exists but not officially available in the US on DVD yet.
August 19, 2011 at 11:38 am
Are you going to see the remake of fright night?
August 19, 2011 at 12:16 pm
Thanks for letting us know that’s awesome news!
Really loved seeing you review this James. Considering I just saw Fright Night 2 for the first time last week. I couldn’t believe you just posted a review about it. You’re right in saying it’s not AS good as the first one, but it still holds up as a great sequel.
And I’m happy as hell you mentioned the werewolf in it was also in Monster Squad. One of my favorite horror movies ever.
Looking forward to Monster Madness for sure!
YOU’RE SO COOL BREWSTER!
August 19, 2011 at 4:34 pm
As a fan of both the original and (Classic) Doctor Who, I can’t say I’m awfully excited about the Tennant casting. I just don’t see how that could add something meaningful to the character and/or avoid detracting too much from it.
August 19, 2011 at 5:30 pm
I saw Fright Night when I was 7 or 8yrs. old, & at the time, I thought it was the most hardcore horror movie ever. Scenes like Evil Ed reverting from wolf back to human, Jerry’s “roommate” melting into ooze, Amy’s sickly grin blew my balls off.
Years later, I saw pt.2 & didn’t like it very much. A friend of mine remarked on the film’s character iinversion which didn’t occur to me at all.
I’m excited to see the remake. This summer’s blockbusters were Planet Of The Apes, Harry Potter, & Capt. America. I think Fright Night 2011 can find a comfortable niche @ #4.
JAMES or MIKE: I want to donate to the AVGN movie fund, but I’m not on Paypal. Do you have a mailing address of some sort?
August 19, 2011 at 8:09 pm
Hey James Obscurus Lupa did a very funny review of this movie you should check it out
here is the link: http://blip.tv/OLPresents/frightnight2finished-5479210
August 19, 2011 at 8:41 pm
Awesome review James, looks like Monster Madness is Early this Year!
August 19, 2011 at 8:42 pm
Great review as usual James.
I’ve heard of these movies before but never really knew anything about em and never bothered to look em up.
But after this review i feel i must see both, too bad part 2 is rare, i hope to check it out somehow.
August 19, 2011 at 9:06 pm
Hey James I usually love your reviews and find you to be quite knowledgable but in this one you made a major mistake
In Fright Night 2 people keep saying that one of the villains (Louie) is a Werewolf (this now includes you), this is not true… he was in fact a Vampire. As I am sure you are aware vamps like werewolves have the ability to turn into a wolf (remember Evil Ed in part 1) plus a little known weapon against vampires is actually Roses which they use in the library to defeat Louie
Now there is a bit of coincidence in the fact that Jon Gries who plays Louie did actually play the werewolf in The Monster Squad.
But yeah as a HUGE Werewolf fan I just had to point this out as it has always annoyed me when people claim the character to be a Werewolf. The only non-Vampiric monster in Fright Night 2 is Brian Thompsons character Bozworth who is a Ghoul
August 19, 2011 at 9:47 pm
This is a major coincidence. Both you and OIbscurus Lupa are reviewing this film around the same time.
2:10- I was thinking the same thing.
In speaking of Predator, the werewolf kinda looks like one.
This film does look like fun. Shame is not widely available on DVD.
August 19, 2011 at 10:26 pm
Did that guy just say; “Where the f*ck is my Bieber rape scene?”
August 19, 2011 at 10:50 pm
Great, theres gonna be like 40874208937923074230974230947 comments that some unfunny broad from TGWTG also reviewed this.
Anyway not to sound like a troll or a dick nice to see a new movie review from james monster madness/ his horror movie reviews are always my fav
August 19, 2011 at 11:21 pm
Wow, Brad Fidiel did the music for this? He did both the scores for the first two Terminator films AND True Lies. Awesome.
August 19, 2011 at 11:45 pm
Another remake im waiting for is The Thing but i hope it turns out good i herd in away it’s the first one but the trailer shows the same storyline but don’t forget before John Carpenter’s there was The Thing from outer space so we would have to wait to see how these remakes of classic horror movie’s turn out.
August 20, 2011 at 1:41 am
You own Cheetahmen II and Stadium Events, but you could not put out $40 for this DVD?
August 20, 2011 at 8:17 am
I’ve got the original vhs of this. The cover is shaped like a coffin, it’s sweet as
August 20, 2011 at 11:46 am
Maybe it’s hard to find on DVD and VHS… True. But not on the Internet. Watch it online @ http://www.letmewatchthis.ch/watch-3662-Fright-Night-Part-2 without even downloading it! 😀
August 20, 2011 at 1:37 pm
Well ofcourse there’s allot people out there that wants thhose two wonderfoul cult movies to rerelease on a spesial edition dvd but they were so busy to release again some other junk! I have found the second film about 60 dollars on ebay some time ago and it was the simple edition dvd,and i thought my self that it isn’t worth it sinse it was the region 1 usa dvd copy.If i have found at least on region 2 i would sertainly buy that.PLEASEEEEEEEEE PEOPLE SPREAD THE WORD TO RELEASE THOSE ON A BLURAY OR SOMETHING DO SOMETHING JAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMES!
August 20, 2011 at 2:33 pm
This was the second movie I ever took a date to. The first was “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure.”
August 20, 2011 at 3:22 pm
When I was about 10 years old, I saw Fright Night on HBO, or was it Cinemax? Anyway I fell in love with it and would beg to rent it everytime we were in the videostore. I recently came across a VHS copy with the original coverbox, but passed on it and it’s 99 cent price because I already own it on DVD.
A few years later, I discovered that a sequel was in existence and I was able to buy it from what once was CDNOW…..And I never knew the rarity of it…..makes me want to cross 4 states to get to the storage unit where my VHS tapes are, lol. Great Review!
August 20, 2011 at 6:45 pm
Good idea to discuss Fright Night 2 around the time the remake is coming out. There’s still a lot of old horror films I haven’t seen, and these are definitely some I’d like to check out.
August 20, 2011 at 7:08 pm
Look like good movie
August 20, 2011 at 9:00 pm
It’s rare?! I hope not, because I think I sold it for cheap at the store I work at! (I think it’s on DVD too). I hope I still have it!
August 20, 2011 at 9:59 pm
LOL Isn’t that the guy from Herman’s Head? So funny to see his face randomly pop up in the movie.
August 21, 2011 at 6:15 am
Okay so 2:45… am I smoking crack, or did you fade in a moment of the Deftones song also called “976-EVIL”…?
August 21, 2011 at 9:37 am
Ahhhhh. This has got me anticipating Monster Madness 2011. Well, if there is gonna be one, I hope there will be!
August 21, 2011 at 10:00 am
It costs 40-80€ 🙁
It’s too expensive for me.
And I’ll watch Fright Night (re-make) because of David Tannent. 😛
August 21, 2011 at 1:09 pm
The first Fright Night is a classic 80s film. And it’s just a classic in general. I had never seen FN2 until I rented it last year. It was…….in a word: underwhelming. I thought the main villain and all her cronies were really lame, and a bit TOO “80s”. And the story in general, the one of the film, you name it, just wasn’t that great. The first movie had a real charm: A kid who’s obsessed with classic horror films, finds out there’s a vampire living next door, but noone believes him. Great set up, awesome addition of Roddy McDowall (a very underrated and sadly unknown actor to most younger people). The sequel, to me, just came off as lame. Which, sadly, a lot of sequels have a penchant of doing.
And as far as the remake goes. Let’s put it this way. Take at look at some of the remakes that have come and gone over the years. You can literally make a list of films that just don’t hold a candle to the originals: Village of the Damned, Invasion, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Clash of the Titans, etc. etc. etc.
With the exception of Peter Jackson’s King Kong, which was pretty good, and Spielberg’s War of the Worlds, which was decent (but not great), most of them have been pretty terrible. Even looking at 70s/80s remakes, like The Blob, or the Fly, or the 70s King Kong, none of them are honestly that good, and certainly not compared to the original films they are remaking. All in all, I just don’t think remakes are a very good idea in general.
There is only one real case where this was done, and even then, it was less a “remake” and more a different take on the original short story, that being John Carpenter’s The Thing. Both “The Thing” films are classic, in my book, but that is an exception to the rule.
And I have zero interest to see this new “Fright Night”, because quite honestly, the original is a classic.
You simply cannot outdo a classic.
August 21, 2011 at 2:02 pm
I can’t wait for Monster Madness 2011. You always give me new awesome movietitles.
August 21, 2011 at 9:11 pm
Just re-watching these. The girlfriend in the first film is the chick who played Marcy on Married with Children. Also, the main dude kinda looks like a young Mike D (from Beastie Boys). His car looks like one of those Hot Wheels you could dip in water to change colour.
August 21, 2011 at 9:31 pm
That is always my optimism with remakes, that the originals will be re-released. I remember hoping that gleaming the cube would be a dual disc tie in with Lords of Dogtown.
August 22, 2011 at 12:51 pm
just watched the remake yesterday and I’ve got to say, I was surprised at how fun it was.
August 22, 2011 at 4:19 pm
you should do a review of “the happy tree friends” its a gory cartoon and i mean GORY
August 22, 2011 at 4:38 pm
You forgot to rewind your Fright Night VHS tape… :p
August 24, 2011 at 8:46 am
Thanks James, can’t wait to hear what you thought of the remake. Will you be reviewing it and posting it up on the site like you did for Super 8?
Look forward to that one
August 24, 2011 at 9:32 am
James, I hope you read my comment. Can you do a review of the movie Law Abiding Citizen (2009
August 25, 2011 at 2:23 pm
I watched this for the first time less than a week before the remake (Which is awesome, btw, and worth a watch as well), because it’s on Youtube. James is right with that last part: In a few months, there should be some sort of a ‘Fright Night: Ultimate Edition’ DVD put out with the two original films and the remake all together.
August 26, 2011 at 8:33 am
Hearing the words “his sister” while seeing a girl bite a guy’s neck in a somewhat sexual manner was very confusing.
Poor timing there, James.
August 27, 2011 at 12:42 am
I love the old Fright Night films. They are some of my favorite vampire movies. I always got a laugh that the vampire in the first film ‘Jerry Dandridge’ was played by Chris Sarandon. He was Prince Humperdink in “The Princess Bride”. So the movie had ‘Marcy Darcy’, ‘Prince Humperdink’, and ‘Cornelius’ from the original “Planet of The Apes”… yay Roddy McDowall.
August 27, 2011 at 12:50 am
I have an old recorded copy I made years ago from a tape my friend had. They really need to re-release that film… sigh.
September 12, 2011 at 6:18 am
i always thought this was an underrated sequel. not perfect by any means (that scene with the psychiatrist by the train tracks? no evil ed?) but a solid follow up, especially in cinemascope like on Monsters HD not pan and scan like the DVD.
September 14, 2011 at 10:22 am
If you want something else that’s weird, try Dario Argento’s Phenomena.
September 15, 2011 at 4:29 am
Fright Night 1 isn’t even getting a wide Blu-ray release. It’s a limited run available only direct from the company. No news on the sequel.
October 26, 2011 at 4:50 pm
wait if it really rare and expensive on dvd how come theres like a load of copies in hmv for £10 were i live?
Might go on ebay and sell them for a butt load xD
December 16, 2011 at 2:38 pm
This movie was never released in the UK on DVD…
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July 8, 2013 at 12:46 pm
James, I wished Traci Lind was in the first one I found her very cute and hot.
February 25, 2015 at 9:28 pm
You forgot the other henchman! The one who eats bugs! And you forgot the bowling scene! How could you forget the bowling scene?!?!
October 6, 2016 at 10:47 pm
Ever see the movie “Once Bitten” with Jim Carrey? I always got this movie and that movie confused as a little kid. But can you blame me? Both main characters are bitten by vampires and are slowly turning.
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