Fear Street Part Two: 1978
The 327th review!
It's been a pretty eventful weekend! We celebrated with family, got our costumes ready to go and in a bit we're headed to a fall festival! I also decided to pick back up a trilogy with a lot of hesitation based on how bad the first movie was. That's right, I watched...
Fear Street Part Two: 1978 (2021)
I reviewed the first Fear Street movie and I didn't like it. I thought it was stuffed to the brim with boring melodrama and things happening just to move the plot forward. My main emotion while watching was annoyance. Almost every single character that mattered annoyed me and I found myself cheering for the villain. Not because they were cool like Jason or Freddy, but because I didn't want to watch those human clowns anymore. But enough people told me to keep going, so I did. I turned it on and immediately regretted my decision once the main characters were back haunting my screen. Thankfully they're not in there too long and we get a flashback to a campground in the 1970's. Unfortunately, the first 30 minutes is just the movie running back all the things I hated about the first one except with different music and tighter clothing. Seriously, they keep introducing us to new characters and they're all being horrible to one another. At that point I had made up my mind that I was going to skip the third when all of a sudden it got a lot better.
The movie tells the story of the massacre at the campground from 1974. The woman they talked to on the phone in the first one was the sole survivor of that rampage. For starters, I liked this killer a lot better than Skeleton man. Tommy was no nonsense and no spookiness, he had a job to do and did it well. To be honest, I actually liked him before the curse got him and turned him into a monster. He was just a regular dude and was sympathetic, it was sad to see him lose control. Well done, movie, it makes his killing spree all the more tragic as his victims weren't the only victims of the madness. As an aside, I thought he was scarier BEFORE he got his mask. The way his blood and sweat soaked hair covered large parts of his face revealing only his glare was awesome. There was nothing human about him, he was all rage and it was awesome. I thought it lessened the character when he got the mask because all I could see was Jason from Friday the 13th part II. In a huge departure from the first one, there was a moment during one of the chases where I found myself enjoying the movie and getting really into it. At that point I decided I was going to give the third one a go. As I mentioned, once Tommy turns the movie really kicks into high gear. You think that because the kids are young they may be safe, nah, Tommy axes the shit out of everyone. To this movie's credit, it does sound effects wonderfully. Every time he hit something with that ax, be it a human body or a door it sounded nasty. Outside of The Audition, sound effects never really got to me, but man, that ax made me cringe in the best way while watching him use it.
As for the story itself, you get a little more of the mythology of the town and the friendly neighborhood witch. I liked how you're given a bit more to the puzzle and the backstory of the curse. I also enjoyed the "Mark of the Witch" and what that symbol actually represented. While that was cool, I have to mention I like how this series treats stab wounds to the stomach as a minor inconvenience. Hell, Deena from part one isn't even favoring her stomach at all in this movie despite getting a sharp object jabbed in there. And I won't discuss the other one either, that's a bit of a spoiler. Speaking of injuries, I laughed that the big bully of the campground had such a weak chin. She took one in the face from the girl she'd been terrorizing and it knocked her right out of the movie.
Here's where I'm at though. I definitely liked it more than the first which wasn't a very high hurdle to clear. But I didn't love this one. The characters were a lot more likable and the killer was cool, but I can't bring myself to get excited about the final chapter. I don't know anything about Sarah Fier but from what I've seen of her, the loud red flash cuts where she screams angrily happen too much and aren't scary. I already dislike her and she's set to be the protagonist for movie number three. People have told me part two was the best and I'm worried it's going to right back to the stuff I really disliked about the first one. I still have to make up my mind.
6 Dr. Chainsaws!
Fear Street Part 2: 1978
2021 | R | 1h 50m | Horror Movies
In the cursed town of Shadyside, a killer's murder spree terrorizes Camp Nightwing and turns a summer of fun into a gruesome fight for survival.
Cast: Sadie Sink, Emily Rudd, Ryan Simpkins, McCabe Slye, Ted Sutherland, Jordana Spiro, Gillian Jacobs, Kiana Madeira, Benjamin Flores Jr., Ashley Zukerman, Olivia Scott Welch, Chiara Aurelia, Jordyn DiNatale