Fear Street Part Two: 1978 (2021)

The movie stars where the last one ended — with Deena and Josh Johnson restraining Deena’s possessed girlfriend Sam and traveling to meet C. Berman (Gillian Jacobs), the lone survivor of the Camp Nightwing massacre. Her entire house is surrounded by clocks to keep her on schedule and potentially from going mental. She wants our heroes to leave until they convince her to tell the tale of what happened in 1978.

The camp was divided between the Shadyside and Sunnyvale kids, even then. Ziggy Berman of Shadyside (Sadie Sink, Stranger Things) has been accused of stealing by several of the Sunnyvale campers who tie her to a tree and nearly burn her. She’s saved by several camp counselors just as her sister Cindy (Emily Rudd) and her boyfriend Tommy Slater (McCabe Slye) are attacked by the camp’s nurse, who is the mother of Shadyside killer Ruby Lane. She claims that Tommy will die before the end of the night.

It’s at this point that everyone should just figure out a way to go home. Nothing hammers that home more than when they explore the nurse’s house and find a diary which explains how Sarah Fier made a deal with the devil by cutting her hand on Satan’s stone, as well as a series of empty graves and a wall that lists who will die that night.

Of course, all hell breaks loose, with Tommy becoming possessed and the girls, joined by their friend Alice (Ryan Simpkins), struggling to find a way to return Sarah’s hand to her grave before the curse claims them all. That’s the same worry that our heroes in the last film faced and things work out just about as well before back in the original timeline, the hand being placed in the grave triggers a flashback that sends Denna back to 1666 and into the body of Sarah Fier.

I remain impressed by the script by Zak Olkewicz and Leigh Janiak as well as Janiak’s direction. This one may not have moved me as much as the first installment, but it’s nice to have a slasher getting seen by a big audience. The final scene between the two sisters did impact me more than nearly any ending I’ve seen in some time, so there’s some major emotional heft to this story.

This was filmed at both Camp Rutledge — the location for Little Darlings — and Camp Daniel Morgan — where Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives was made.

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