Fear Street Part Two: 1978

Wow.

The second part of Netflix’s three week Fear Street trilogy was amazing. What a middle chapter of this tale being told in three movies every Friday. This cool concept is really delivering us some powerful horror.

After last week’s Fear Street Part One: 1994, Deenna (Kiana Madeira) and Josh (Benjamin Flore Jr) found themselves at the door of C. Berman (Gillian Jacobs), the survivor of the slaughter at Camp Nightwing in 1978. Deenna and Josh were looking to discover how she survived the attack by Sarah Fier and her magical killers. After some opposition, Ms. Berman finally sat down and told them the story of Camp Nightwing.

This was a great camp slasher flick. I have to say, at least in the first act, the difference for me between 1994 and 1978 was that the characters in 1994 were characters that I liked, while the campers and counselors at Camp Nightwing were characters that I was rooting to get an axe to the face. To be fair, several of those characters grew on me or showed me another side to their personality making me less anxious for them to die.

Perfect example was Alice (Ryan Simpkins), who was the one-time best friend of Cindy Berman (Emily Rudd) until Cindy “snitched” on her and got her in trouble. Alice was such a rotten person early in the movie that I just disliked her tremendously. However, as the film progressed and we discovered more about Alice and her story, she became someone I no longer wanted to get her head chopped off.

Cindy and her little sister Ziggy (Sadie Sink) were having plenty of issues with one another too. Ziggy was more rebellious and getting into trouble at the camp. We meet her getting stringed up by other campers who were joking about setting her on fire. They actually burned her with a lighter. Again, here are several characters who I would not mind seeing chopped to death.

We get more of the backstory of the curse on the town of Shadyside by the witch Sarah Fier. One of the camp nurses, whose daughter had been one of the people who were possessed and killed a bunch of people, had done research on Sarah Fier and had filled a journal with all of the details, including a map.

The killings were brutal and bloody, but, admittedly, not overly creative. The origin of the Camp Nightwing killer, who we had seen in 1994, is revealed here as Cindy’s perfect boyfriend Tommy Slater (McCabe Slye). It is awesome seeing how he became the monster that we knew he was.

The middle of the trilogy does a great job setting up next week, when we head back to 1666 for the third and final entry in the Fear Street trilogy. This one got me all the more excited for next week.

4.5 stars

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