When the Demise of Film was around in the early 2010s I wrote about the awful Fright Night remake. I also said in that review that I hated Fright Night Part 2. However, I hadn't watched Fright Night Part 2 since I was 11 at the time of that review. I have since revisited it and, while it's not as good as the original, it was still an enjoyable film.
This isn't simply a retread of the first movie. A vampire has moved into the same building as Peter Vincent and he tries to convince Charley Brewster that his neighbor is a vampire. Oh and Charley is being gas-lit by his girlfriend and therapist. He's also being turned into a vampire by Peter's neighbor.
The movie isn't perfect. The effects aren't as nice as the first one. Julie Carmen is also not the same mixture of seduction and as Chris Sarandon was. I do wish they played more into the preforming artist angle. Perhaps something along the lines of the vampire circus from Interview with the Vampire.
Charley's love interest in this movie is a huge step up from Fright Night's Amy. Apparently they were going to use the same girl, but Amanda Bearse was busy with Married with Children at the time. Amy spent most of her time screaming while Alex can definitely hold her own against the undead menace.
One of my favorite parts of the movie is the bowling alley scene. It's a lot of fun and leans more into being goofy than being serious as something like the bar scene in Near Dark. Fright Night Part 2 had a lot of potential but falls short of being as good as its predecessor. However, it's still a decent movie nonetheless.