The second part of Netflix’s R.L. Stine film trilogy, “Fear Street Part 2: 1978,” finds its cinematic feet. Despite the fact that it still leans too much on jump scares and clumsy dialogue, “1978” is a solid film ““Fear Street Part 1: 1994” seems more confident and looser than the previous part. Whereas “1994” harkens back to the meta horror of the period (think “Scream”), “1978” belongs in the “Friday the 13th” world, but with higher production standards and as part of a bigger, more intriguing plot than a mere slasher film. “1978,” says the author “picks up right after “1994,” with the survivors of the previous film prodding reclusive C. Berman (Gillian Jacobs) for details about her adolescent experience 16 years before.
C.’s story made news at the time, with the heading “just another Shadysider going insane and killing people.” She and her sister witnessed the horrible slaughter firsthand, among the teen dramas of summer camp. The intimate information C. offers relate those 1978 killings to the “1994” teenagers’ current witchy dilemma, which isn’t a spoiler. Apart from the novelty of seeing younger versions of several of the characters from the previous film, “1978” just appears to be having more fun than “1994”. The killings are more frequent and “Whoa”-inducing for horror lovers. The filmmakers, lead by Leigh Janiak, the trilogy’s director and co-writer, cinematographer Caleb Heymann, and Scott Kuzio’s production design team. IMDB