Fright Night 2 is coming to DVD next month. The film is a sort of sequel but really more of a remake of the remake that starred Colin Farrell. But its also sort of a remake of the sequel to the original. All in all…its best just to enjoy the movie when it hits DVD this October.
Fangirl Magazine along with HorrorHound Magazine were given some exclusives for the release including the below interview with star Jamie Murray, a clip from the film showing Jamie in all her bloody glory, and an exclusive still for your viewing pleasure.
Be sure to tune into Fangirl Radio at 5pm Pacific on September 26th to hear our interview with the films director Eduardo Rodriguez on Jackalope Radio.
Our Exclusive Clip from Fright Night 2
Fright Night 2: Fright Night Redux
By Jessica Dwyer
The Fright Night remake released in 2011 and starring Colin Farrell and Anton Yelchin was a fun remake of the original film. It didn’t try to copy it scene for scene, it updated the story and took key elements from it for the new film’s plot.
In the surprise direct to DVD follow up things are even more changed. Fright Night 2 is a sequel/remake of the original Fright Night and also a remake of the originals sequel. If you follow that good for you, if you don’t I’ll explain.
When high school student Charlie attends a study abroad program with his horror obsessed friend “Evil” Ed and ex-girlfriend AMY in Romania, he soon discovers their young attractive professor Gerri (Jaime Murray) is a real life vampire. Too bad no one believes him. In fact, Evil Ed finds it amusing and it only feeds his vampire obsession. When Gerri turns Ed, Charlie seeks out Peter Vincent, the infamous vampire hunter (well, he plays one on TV) who is in Romania filming his show “Fright Night,” to teach him how to take down Gerri before she gets to Amy, who’s blood will cure Gerri of spending eternity as a vampire.”
So yes, you read that right. Gerri Dandridge is now a beautiful and seductive woman (not Jerry’s sister as the female vampire in Fright Night 2 “the original” was.) And also the entire plot is a redux of sorts of the original (and remake) Fright Night. It’s certainly a different way to follow up a film. But one thing we can agree on is the casting of Jaime Murray as a beautiful and seductive vampires.
Jaime Murray is no stranger to genre TV or film. Many horror fans will know her as Lila Tournay, Dexter’s equally as unbalanced girlfriend from early in the series. She’s starred in Warehouse 13 on the SyFy channel and is currently starring in Defiance. She’s also been in the films The Deaths of Ian Stone and Devil’s Playground.
Jaime’s excitement for Fright Night 2 is evident when I talked with her about the film and what it’s like for female characters to finally get to be the bad guy and the one to fear.
HH: So how did you come to be a part of this film?
JM: You know I was super lucky. I think that if you look at me closely…I am genuinely the palest dark haired actress in the room. And for years I was watching different vampire movies that were appearing and I was like “I’m a gaunt pale dark haired woman! Why aren’t I doing one of these things?” I mean I look like a vampire when I’m doing my grocery shopping. So it kind of fell in my lap a little bit.
I spoke to the producers and after I read the script and I said this is really interesting to me. There’s something really…when I was playing in Spartacus…there’s something about Gaia when she’s talking to the slave girls, which is kind of abusive and vampiric. And she was almost toying with this girl when she was talking to her and kind of fascinated by her innocence.
And I think that the vampire myth is very prevalent in our times because it really is the story of the loss of innocence, the loss of self. It’s about the seduction of charm and artifice which is essentially and emptiness and will never lead you to a happy place. It’s that deal you make with the devil. The moment when you’re feeling that charm or that ecstasy…or that light shown upon you. And as any of these…the myth progresses that ugliness shows and you wonder…
HH: What have I done?
JM: Yeah! And with Colin there was this…you really looked at the element of addiction. That kind that vampiric people and narcissists have. And I think that was a really interesting way of grounding it. And I was kind of really looking at vanity and narcissism and misuses of power. It was pretty frightening.
HH: The theme that I find interesting here is the fact that this is the first time Gerri has ever been a female in the movie.
JM: First of all Charlie is still a male. So we have our hero who’s not just dealing with the vampire neighbor next door but he’s dealing with a woman. And you know for a teenage boy, dealing with a woman has all its own problems. She’s very charming, she’s very seductive, and she’s very challenging. She’s got no boundaries. There’s gender issues. There’s something terrifying about him trying to deal with her.
HH: And it sounds like the whole seduction of Amy thing is still happening…so he’s got to deal with a woman trying to take away his girlfriend…so it’s really flipped now. How did you approach that part of the role?
JM: It was interesting because I actually read a lot of Junging and Freud analysis of the vampire myth. And there was this whole part that really interested me about vampiric mothers. And it was using vampiric as a psychological term for narcissistic mothers. So stage mothers. And mothers who have not been given..It’s a generational thing that they weren’t appreciated themselves so when they have their own children they live through them vicariously. So the child has no sense of self because they have no sense of self. So there is something very uncomfortable and ugly with my scenes with Amy where I was kind of fascinated by her…and I was just wanting to drink her all in to fill my own emptiness.
HH: That’s very creepy.
JM: But I was also very maternal.
HH: That’s even creepier.
JM: There was something very loving about it, but then there was this desire to pervert her and take her my way. It was very creepy and I got to tell you I didn’t sleep very well while I was filming this film. But I was kind of looking at the real psychological ugliness.
HH: That’s great to hear. It really feels like recently female vampires are taking back the genre….which is great since Carmella was actually before Dracula.
JM: We actually use the story of Elizabeth Bathory. Gerri…she was turned as Elizabeth Bathory. She was turned by a vampire so she was condemned. And she is looking for a way out. She is looking for the blood of a particular virgin to end her suffering. So you may actually feel sympathy for her in some parts.
HH: Talking to horror in general. You’ve played a couple of very strong characters in the genre, with Lila and now with Gerri.
JM: I have done a lot of genre yeah.
HH: Do you like where this is going now, where women can be just as bad and powerful as the guys?
JM: I certainly don’t want anyone to emulate the women that I’ve played. Because they are pretty twisted up and complex. What I would say is I love the genre…the issues are so big. Life and death, good and evil, avarice and greed, hope and courage. I think that within those massive themes as an actor it is very fulfilling to play within them.
But it’s cathartic for the audience to watch the choices these characters make in these highly stressed heightened situations. And yeah it’s nice to play women who are not just the window into the male psyche. I don’t want to do that. I don’t want to be color for the hero. I don’t think I have been. I’ve been really lucky to be acting at a time when things have changed and it’s possible for women to play individuals who stand alone and who are significantly strong and complex to engage and audience.