The decision to shoot the film in South Africa was clearly beneficial. The whole look of the film, the quality of the special effects - especially the plane jump sequence and the plethora of vampire kills are visually great!
I have to say I was excited when I first heard that Dario Piana was drafted to direct this installment as I knew he was capable of delivering something great [going by what I'd witnessed in The Deaths of Ian Stone]. He didn't disappoint. The storyline and characters were handled much better this time around, much more likable - Edgar's companions in particular.
When it comes to Corey Feldman and Jamison Newlander, they never fail to deliver! They really do own those roles and I wouldn't want to see anyone other than them stepping into those shoes.
Overall, the film was definitely a step in the right direction. It's not a masterpiece by any means and we all know that the first film is an extremely tough act to follow. This much is for sure, they did a great job with the resources that they had and I'll be happy to place the film side by side with the original.