FILM REVIEW | Fear Street Part Two: 1978

It's not too often that a sequel matches or tops its predecessor, but that's the case with Netflix's latest offering.

Fear Street Part Two: 1978, following on from the week before's 1994, is the latest in a trio of horrors inspired by the titular works of R.L Stine (best known for his Goosebumps series).

This sequel (which is also mostly a prequel), takes place at a summer camp in, as the title suggests, 1978.

Kids come from the towns of Shadyside and Sunnyvale. As the first film established, Sunnyvale is an amazing, crime-free place to live, while Shadyside is a hotbed of murder, poverty and bad luck.

On the night the campers are separated into Shadyside and Sunnyvale teams to play capture the flag, one of the camp leaders, Tommy, is attacked by the resident nurse (whose daughter had murdered a bunch of people years earlier) and finds himself increasingly distracted from reality.

Soon enough he's armed with an axe and mowing down everyone in his path.

Round two: Ted Sutherland and Sadie Sink star as two of the young leads in Netflix's latest horror Fear Street Part Two: 1978, rated MA15+, streaming now. Picture: Netflix

Round two: Ted Sutherland and Sadie Sink star as two of the young leads in Netflix's latest horror Fear Street Part Two: 1978, rated MA15+, streaming now. Picture: Netflix

1978 is told from the perspective of two sisters - Ziggy and Cindy Berman. We know one of them will die by the end of the film, thanks to the surviving sister's narration.

The elder, Cindy, is dating Tommy and finds herself trapped with a former friend and fellow camp leader in creepy caves beneath the camp.

Ziggy, the younger, more wild of the two, is being harassed by a group of Sunnyvalers who claim she is possessed by the legendary town witch, Sarah Fier, who was executed in 1666.

But future sheriff Nick Goode kinda likes the younger Berman, the pair work together exact revenge on Ziggy's bully.

Overall, 1978 is a more successful film than 1994, which started with a lot of promise but ultimately didn't deliver.

Classic setting: The film recalls iconic slashers of the 70s and 80s with its summer camp setting. Picture: Netflix

Classic setting: The film recalls iconic slashers of the 70s and 80s with its summer camp setting. Picture: Netflix

This film recalls all the classic slashers from the 70s and 80s, especially Friday the 13th. The pacing of the kills is also superior to its predecessor, with important characters killed off throughout the film, not just all at once at the end.

Another of 1978's highlights is its soundtrack - songs like Carry on Wayward Son, Crimson and Clover, (Don't Fear) The Reaper and more help set the scene and establish the era.

The film does a great job of building on the world introduced in last week's opener and leaves audiences in anticipation of the final instalment coming this Friday.

Fear Street Part Three: 1666 will see audiences treated to beginning of the story, way back in 1666. It promises to feature all the actors we've already met playing different characters in the settlement.

Time will tell if the upward trend continues in 1666.

Rating: 7/10