Posts Tagged ‘William Ragsdale’

fright_night_part_ii_ver2One of my favorite vampire movies from the 1980’s besides The Lost Boys is the 1985 classic Fright Night. The movie had it all from a fun and great cast, great soundtrack that featured the likes of the J.Geils Band, and some very cool special effects. As soon as I realized that that the sequel Fright Night Part 2 was available to watch on Youtube, I jumped on the chance to include it for today. Charlie Brewster (William Ragsdale) is still trying to get over the events of the first one telling himself that Jerry Dandridge was not a vampire and that they don’t exist. One day after visiting the great Peter Vincent (Roddy McDowall), he sees a beautiful women by the name of Regine Dandridge (Julie Carmen) who confirms to him that vampires may just actually exist especially when they are looking for revenge. The film also stars Traci Lind (Class Of 1999) as Alex, Jon Gries (Napoleon Dynamite) as Louie, Russell Clark (The New Guy) as Belle, Brian Thompson (Cobra) as Bozworth, Merritt Butrick (Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan) as Richie, Ernie Sabella (The Lion King 2: Simba’s Pride) as Dr. Harrison, Matt Landers (Die Hard) as Mel,  Rochelle Ashana (Kickboxer) as Art Major, and the film was directed by Tommy Lee Wallace (Halloween III: Season Of The Witch). 

maxresdefaultWho knew that Uncle Rico (Gries) was going to shop up as a mangy vampire in my film? Nonetheless, one of the first things I wanted to talk about was the fact that I think they chose the perfect counterpart to Charlie Brewster and Peter Vincent in the very attractive Julie Carmen. Chris Sarandon was a very good looking guy who made the perfect vampire in the first film and Carmen played the sexy vampire looking for revenge in this one. One thing I will say is that they tried to benefit off of The Lost Boys which came out the year before with the way their vampires looked in this film especially considering it was a gang of vampires. The film was pretty decent, but it had a lot of moments that were just very b-movie level humor which I guess is OK considering it is Fright Night, but the originals humor made sense. The soundtrack to the film wasn’t bad, but it was nothing compared to the first, but I’m OK with it. They chose to use a score rather than actual bands which worked for the film and worked very well. The other thing that I liked about this film was definitely the costume and make up team who did a great job with the vampires. Some of the ways in which they died were very interesting to say the least especially Brian Thompson and even Russell Clark who becomes clear and melts. It was a very entertaining film, but I have one question that still burns in my mind and that is do vampires not enjoy sex? When things get hot and heavy they immediately go for the neck and it’s the end of story. Sometimes, you have to just enjoy the moment! I am going to give the film an B for a final grade.

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J_Geils_Band_Fright_Night_45_01I know it’s not Halloween or October for that matter, but I couldn’t resist choosing a song that some may find corny for Soundtrack Saturday. If you’re a fan of horror movies and horror films of the great decadent decade known as the 80’s then you are probably a fan of the classic film Fright Night which starred Chris Sarandon, William Ragsdale, Amanda Bearse, Roddy McDowall, and Stephen Geoffreys in this film of vampires and teenagers (to read the review, checkout the 31 Days Of Halloween post here) 80’s style. The film was released in 1985 and it boasted a soundtrack that could be the soundtrack to any Halloween party as well as it featured songs from artists like White Sister, April Wine, Devo, Sparks, Ian Hunter, Autograph, and today’s featured artist in Boston’s legendary The J. Geils Band. Synthesizers are in full effect on this track as Seth Justman does his best on vocals as Peter Wolf was not present in the band at this time and the song has a real catchy chorus that gets stuck in your head. It was still a weird part of the decade as bands were experimenting more and more with synths at the time like Van Halen had the year before with 1984. I would definitely check out the film for all the greatness of the 80’s as well as all the other songs you’ll hear during the film. So, let’s give this song a listen below: