Berkreviews Fear Street: Part Two – 1978 (2021)

After watching Fear Street Part One: 1994, I couldn’t wait to catch Part Two on Netflix. The second part of the trilogy series picks up exactly where the first one left off (with that being said, spoilers for Fear Street Part One are necessary to discuss the non-spoiler review of Part Two). Deena (Kiana Madeira) and Josh (Benjamin Flores Jr.) arrive a C. Berman’s house (Gillian Jacobs) looking for answers to try and save Sam (Olivia Scott Welch). After convincing Berman to hear them out, Berman tells them her story and how she survived the witch’s curse. 

It’s now 1978, and Ziggy Berman (Sadie Sink) and her sister Cindy (Emily Rudd) are at Camp Nightwing, and it is the night before the color wars. Ziggy doesn’t really fit in, and being from Shadyside only increases the animosity with the other campers. Cindy is a counselor and has a reputation of being a bit of a goodie-two-shoes. The tension between the sisters is high and only increases as claims of the witch’s curse and the potential for another murderer rise. 

If nothing else, director Leigh Janiak (and Carmen Cuba from casting) gain credit for getting some incredible actors for all the roles in both films. While Sink came to my attention in Stranger Things, many of the other actors are either brand new – or at least this is my first experience with them. The performances are tremendous across the board with Sink, Rudd, Brandon Spink, and Ryan Simpkins being the standouts from part two. 

A horror movie just doesn’t feel like horror if the kills aren’t brutal. Janiak has been able to craft some incredible kill set pieces –  some of which are absolutely brutal. Not to mention the challenging task of most of the victims being young people, and having to get creative with how to take them out without offending too many. 

I think the success of this film is quite incredible, and I had a blast watching it. Fear Street Part Two: 1978 (2021) calls back to Sleepaway Camp, Friday the 13th, and the slasher genre in general. While the first film is a little better overall, this is a great second entry, and I can’t wait to watch the finale. Fear Street Part Two earns the Must See rating.

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