Friday, November 8, 2013

How Not to Name Your Sequel

I just finished watching Fright Night 2:New Blood and was compelled to write a quick post. While the movie didn't totally offend me, its title did. What bothers me is that it is not a sequel.

Unlike Fright Night 2 (1988), this movie is not actually a true sequel. About twenty minutes into the flick I realized that it's yet another reboot of the original Fright Night from 1985. What we have is a re-hash of the original story with the same characters, only a different setting and a gender swap for the main villain. It is in no way a follow-up to the 2011 Fright Night reboot starring Colin Farrell.

I find this irritating because it comes off at best as misrepresentation, and at worst, a cash grab. All they had to do was drop that pesky numeral 2 and market New Blood as another mulligan, or kept the 2 and made an honest effort at putting a modern spin on the true sequel. Ironically, that Fright Night 2 also featured a female vampire as the villain.

If you're interested in a more in-depth look at the movie, Scott Weinberg over on FEARnet did a great review that pretty much sums up my thoughts on it.

If any aspiring horror movie writers or directors happen to read this, do yourself and your potential audience a favor. Don't try to trick anyone with a misleading title or "in-name-only" sequel chicanery.


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