Director: Leigh Janiak
Writer: Zak Olkewicz, Leigh Janiak (Screenplay) R.L. Stine (Book)
Starring: Sadie Sink, Emily Rudd, Ryan Simpkins, McCabe Slye, Gillian Jacobs, Kiana Madeira, Benjamin Flores Jr, Olivia Scott Welch
Plot: Shadyside, 1978. School’s out for summer and the activities at Camp Nightwing are about to begin. But when another Shadysider is possessed with the urge to kill, the fun in the sun becomes a gruesome fight for survival.
Tagline – Find the Truth
Runtime: 1 Hour 49 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Story: Fear Street Part Two 1978 starts as Deena (madeira) and Josh (Flores Jr) turn to C Berman (Jacobs) for answers about the witch in hopes of saving Sam (Welch). The story Miss Berman tells takes us back to 1978 when she was at Camp Nightwing with her sister Ziggy (Sink).
Ziggy finds herself getting bullied through her time while Cindy (Rudd) is trying to get through camp for her own future, but when one of the residents at the camp becomes possessed Cindy must do everything to save people before it is too late.
Thoughts on Fear Street Part Two 1978
Characters & Performances – Cindy is one of the siblings that has been part of the camp following the rules, not falling into the rebellious ways the other campers and councillors during the 1970s. she looks to investigate what truly happened, learning she will need to face her past to make it out. Ziggy is the younger sister of Cindy who has become the target of the bullies at the camp, but never willing to back down from fight back against them, she will spend time trying to get her own back on the lead bully in the camp. Tommy is the nice guy boyfriend of Cindy’s he wants the best for her and has supported her through the changes she has gone through over the recent years. Alice is the old friend of Cindy who has become more distant from over the years, the pair get to address some very real issues people can face during the growing up process. Nick Goode is also at the camp, the younger version from the first one, he is trying to help everyone escape the killer, knowing he is destined to led in the future. We do get mostly a new cast here with Stranger Things star Sadie Sink being the feisty teenager, Emily Rudd and Ryan Simpkins being excellent together with their discussion about life changing. Elsewhere we get everyone you would expect to see in a slasher film which all works very well throughout.
Story – The story here picks up where the last movie finished, where our survivors from that film look to learn about what is happening with a survivor from the past with their story with the witch, which will take them back to 1978 with a summer camp massacre. This is a great follow up, with us being able to dive back in time, while still building the modern, well 1994 era of the story. When it comes to the summer camp events in the story we get a lovely throw back to the 1970s style slashers, which we haven’t seen since ‘The Final Girls’ getting to take on the campy style they once had, while also bringing out important discussion between Cindy and Alice. We get to dive straight into the bloodier action earlier because we know what is going to happen because of the events in the first film.
Themes – Fear Street Part Two 1978 is a horror slasher film that will use the 1970s summer camp for the main settings, giving us a nice throwback feeling throughout the film. The special effects are great too, often keeping the bloodier side of what happens off camera, letting our minds imagine just how graphic the moments truly are.
Final Thoughts – Fear Street Part Two 1978 is an excellent sequel that continues to build the world created, while having a throwback feeling in the slasher genre.