Fear Street Part Two: 1978 | An Excellent Step-Up

After the entertaining surprise that was Fear Street 1994, the second installment of the trilogy inspired by R.L. Stine‘s book series of the same name brings us to the late 70s. Leigh Janiak is still helming, with a script co-written by Zak Olkewikz. This time the cast include Sadie Sink (Stranger Things), Emily Rudd (Dynasty, Electric Dreams), McCabe Slye (Destroyer), Ted Sutherland (The Walkind Dead: World Beyond, Eye Candy), and Gillian Jacobs (Invincible, Love).

Premise: In 1978, Camp Nightwing is divided by the campers and counselors who hail from the prosperous town of Sunnyvale and the campers and maintenance staffers from the downtrodden town of Shadyside, but when horrors from their towns shared history come alive, they must band together to solve a terrifying mystery before it is too late.

Review: For a trilogy that goes backward, I didn’t think they’d be much if any surprises in this movie. I was wrong. Fear Street 1978 is engrossing, maybe it’s the way the story unfolds, how the characters interact, the directing or the cast but I was captivated. It’s gruesome for sure and for someone like myself who avoids horror movies, because I get scared, I could watch this no problem.

Once again there’s a quite a lot of gore, just like if not more than in Fear Street 1994. The blood, feces and body parts didn’t faze me at all because I was so invested in the characters. I wanted some to die – Sheila – in fact I was waiting for it. I was also curious to see how those alive in 1994 came to keep their heads. Since the kills are swift and ruthless the characters are what sucks you in. They all have different dynamics and personalities, which keeps things interesting. There’s also a brilliant misdirect in the film that keeps your focus on one thing and it’s the wrong one. It was a nice surprise for me. Giving that the characters are the heart of this movie, it wouldn’t have work if the cast wasn’t strong. They are good and delivered excellent performances.

Fear Street 1978 is a captivating horror movie with little scares, a good story and greats characters.

Rating: 8 out of 10.

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