REview – Fear Street Part 2: 1978 (2021) | Imitation Is Not Always Flattering

As a sort of an homage to the slasher horror genre, Fear Street Part One: 1994 was pretty damn good.

The problem is that Fear Street Part Two: 1978 is pretty much the same movie.

Sure, the characters change, the locations (and time period) change, but it’s still the same movie.

And that really sucks because if they were willing to give us something just bit different it would have been much more interesting to watch.

And besides, part of what I liked about Fear Street was that the entire trilogy was done sequentially, though that also meant that the producers could easily have altered what they were doing from one movie to the next.

And it never happened (as far as Part One and Two go at any rate).

Since Part Two appeared to be essentially a homage to the original Friday The 13th (1980) – with a dash of The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976) – a little more in the way of gore (and by “a little more” I mean ‘a lot more’) would have been appreciated because it not only would have been visually distinctive from the prior movie, but it would have felt like a real differentiator from Part One.

Though I have to keep in mind that this is based on a YA (Young Adult) series of books though there could have been other things that could have been done besides gore to make it Part Two more distinctive in it’s own right.

It’s not that it’s bad, it’s that it too similar to Part One.

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