Five words: Cross-dressing, roller-skating vampire. No, I'm not describing an as-yet-unidentified fangless, vegan vampire from Stephanie Meyer's Twilight series that didn't make the jump from the printed page to the big screen. This particular vampire appears in Fright Night II , the 1988 sequel to writer-director Tom Holland's (Child's Play) 1985 horror-comedy, Fright Night. Fright Night co-starred the late, great Roddy McDowall (Dead of Winter, the Planet of the Apes series, The Poseidon Adventure, Cleopatra) as B-movie actor, late-night TV horror show host, and fearless vampire killer, Peter Vincent (named after horror icons Peter Cushing and Vincent Price). Vincent's one-time ally and nominal hero-protagonist, Charley Brewster (William Ragsdale, not to be confused with Zach Galligan of Gremlins fame), also returned for the semi-anticipated sequel.

After several years of intensive counseling, Charley no longer believes in vampires. He's allowed himself to be convinced that Jerry Dandridge (Chris Sarandon), was a serial killer and kidnapper, not a blood-sucking vampire. For the sequel, Charley also gets a new best friend, Richie (Merritt Butrick [Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Square Pegs]), and a new girlfriend, Alex (Traci Lind), with better fashion sense than her predecessor (it's still the 80s, so it's only a marginal improvement). She's a psychology student who doesn't believe in the supernatural. That changes when she gets her very own undead stalker, Louie (Jon Gries), a werewolf who wants to displace Charley in her romantic affections.
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