‘Fright Night 2: New Blood’ (2013) Still [EXCLUSIVE]

Get an early look at the direct-to-video sequel to 2011’s “Fright Night” as a group of students learns that the only thing scarier than the subway after dark is being stalked by a vampire in the subway after dark.

From the film’s official synopsis:

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.

The sequel brings in Jamie Murray (“Defiance,” “Ringer”) as the new vampire wreaking havoc in the life of college student Charley Brewster (Will Payne). The sequel borrows some elements from 1988’s “Fright Night Part 2,” including the switch to a college setting for its hero–although in the original, Charley was forced to face down (spoilers) Regina, the sister of vampire Jerry Dandridge who he killed in the first film. Is “Gerri” at all related to “Jerry,” Colin Farrell’s character in Craig Gillespie’s remake?

“Fright Night Part 2″ was an interesting follow-up–if overall misfire–to the 1985’s “Fright Night.” Charley (William Ragsdale) was off to college, and convinced, through therapy, that Jerry was simply a serial killer and his experiences from the first film were largely the result of his own psychosis and overactive imagination. What worked so well in the film was the role reversal(s): Roddy McDowell’s Peter Vincent was now the one trying to convince everyone that vampires were on the loose while Charley largely found himself in the role of the victim, with his new girlfriend Alex, Traci Lind, coming in to save him. “Halloween III” director Tommy Lee Wallace delivered some great imagery including the vampire on skates gliding through the hallway or Regina’s “faked” transformation on TV.

By the way, if you want to see “Fright Night Part 2,” best of luck: that film’s been out of print for years, with copies on Amazon fetching upwards of 50 bucks. “Fright Night 2: New Blood” will be available on DVD and Blu-ray October 1.