Fear Street Part 2: 1978: Review

The second part of Netflix’s thrilling Fear Street trilogy dropped on Friday, drawing inspiration from classic slasher movies as we delve further into this supernatural story.

Just as the first film in the series had clear inspirations like Scream, this second part takes inspiration from slashers of its own era, the 70s & early 80s. Set at a summer camp, the immediate comparison is Friday the 13th, although the killer we’re set to meet is far from Jason Vorhees. Typically, part two of our story is a retelling of the tragic events that took place at Camp Nightwing in the summer of ‘78. Our surviving cast from the first film return to learn more about their town’s previous massacres in a bid to prevent them from repeating.

We’re first introduced to enigmatic Ziggy (Sadie Sink) a young girl from Shadyside who must attempt to survive the stuck-up Sunnyvale kids at camp before coming face-to-face with the real danger that lurks. She is offered little relief from her bullying by camp councillor and Sunnyvale-wannabe sister Cindy (Emily Rudd), and after being beaten and strung up from the same tree that the infamous Sarah Frier was allegedly hung from, Ziggy decides to take matters into her own hands.

Whilst the first instalment of the franchise focused heavily on relying on friendship and love as a means of survival, the second sees our lead cast separated in their bid to survive. Despite the disconnect in character relationships, we do get to learn more about our characters before they – literally – get the axe, something which allows for even stronger performances than us predecessors’. Sadie Sink’s portrayal of the rebellious and headstrong Ziggy is certainly the stand-out throughout.

There’s also a lot more happening in terms of the film’s classic horror elements. It’s a little slow to get going, but whilst part one felt a lot more like a thriller with a couple of gory moments thrown in, the summer camp element allows for as much slasher goodness as we can handle.

Overall, the second part to this gruesome tale earns itself a 4/5, and we can’t wait to see the finale. Wanna read some of our other film posts? Click here!

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