The Reel Review
This second film in the Netflix Fear Street horror trilogy traces the 300 year old curse plaguing the town of Shadyside, Ohio to the year 1978, with a string of deadly slayings at Camp Nightwing.
This throwback to 1970s and 80s period slasher movies borrows heavily from the Friday the 13th franchise, but with a story that is way smarter, more intricate and has heaps more gore. It’s not particularly scary, but the solid production and strong ensemble cast keeps the story entertaining.
Just as in the prior film, co-writer/director Leigh Janiak (Honeymoon) captures the vintage setting and straddles that line between camp and pretty grisly horror. Gore aficionados in particular will enjoy.
• Although this is the second film in the trilogy, it was actually filmed last.
• Like the first film in the trilogy, Fear Street Part Two: 1978 was filmed in Atlanta, at North Dekalb Mall and at Hard Labor Creek State Park in Rutledge, Georgia.
• 19-year-old Texas-born Sadie Sink has appeared on Broadway in addition to her film and TV roles (Stranger Things, The Americans).