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REVIEW: Fear Street Part Two 1978

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Earlier this week, I posted my review for Fear Street Part One: 1994 which was the first installment in Leigh Janiak’s horror trilogy streaming exclusively on Netflix. Now, it’s time to dive into the second entry, Fear Street Part Two: 1978.

“Shadyside, 1978. School’s out for summer and the activities at Camp Nightwing are about to begin. But when another Shadysider is possessed with the urge to kill, the fun in the sun becomes a gruesome fight for survival.”

The film stars Sadie Sink, Emily Rudd, Ryan Simpkins, and McCabe Slye.

The film perfectly embodies the feel and flow of a 70s slasher, in the same manner as the original Sleepaway Camp. The carryover from the first film is pretty fluid, and setup during the first 10 minutes of the film which picks up right where 1994 left off.

From there we get a perfect picture painted of a summer camp, which oddly seems to be completely run and operated by teenagers, that is built on the cursed grounds where the evil witch Sarah Fier was hanged, and the base where she exacts her vengeance.

The film does a far better job at being consistent and logical than 1994, and in my opinion is the far superior movie. Perhaps it’s my preference and love for the traditional slasher of the 70s & 80s, but this film just hit so much better.

Without providing any spoilers it not only further the story, but it also explains the origins of one of the cursed killers from 1994, and has a nice twist at the end.

All in all, the cast was perfect, the movie was paced very well, and it provided a great lead in for the final installment in the franchise – 1666

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A superior film to Part One, with a far better story, cast, and just an all around better effort. It's rare to see a sequel be so much better than a first film in a trilogy, but 1978 is that.
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Anthony DiMoro is the leader writer and founder of 'Fright Nerd'. DiMoro has written for popular websites such as Forbes and The Huffington Post. DiMoro cites Friday the 13th, A Nightmare On Elm Street and Halloween among his favorite horror movies of all time.

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Amazon Prime Releases Teaser for ‘The Devil’s Hour’

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Amazon Prime has released a brand new teaser for the new horror series ‘The Devil’s Hour’, referring to the hour between 3am and 4 am or 3:33 am, which is set to arrive to the streaming service sometime this year.

Jessica Raine (Patrick Melrose), Peter Capaldi (Doctor Who), Nikesh Patel (Starstruck) and Phil Dunster (Ted Lasso) star in the series.

According to the synopsis: “The series follows the story of Lucy, played by Raine, who is woken every night by terrifying visions at exactly 3.33am: the devil’s hour. Her eight-year-old son is withdrawn and emotionless. Her mother speaks to empty chairs. Her house is haunted by the echoes of a life that isn’t her own. When Lucy’s name is inexplicably connected to a string of brutal murders in the area, the answers that have evaded her all these years will finally come into focus. Capaldi plays a reclusive nomad, driven by a murderous obsession. He becomes the prime target of a police manhunt led by compassionate detective Ravi Dhillon, played by Patel.”

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Shudder Drops Trailer for ‘Moloch’

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Explore an ancient evil and search for a treasure in the latest horror movie from Shudder, ‘Moloch’, which has a brand new trailer after the horror streaming platform officially acquired the rights to Dutch director Nico van den Brink’s debut film.

”I’m extremely excited to be working with Shudder in bringing Moloch to horror-lovers worldwide” Nico van den Brink said in an official statement issued by Shudder. “The film will have a wonderful home there. I know we have some very creepy stories to tell in the Netherlands and I’m really looking forward to inviting Shudder’s diverse and international audience into the unique world of local Dutch folklore.”

Moloch is a bold and thrilling new folk horror that is sure to chill Shudder members this summer,” said Shudder general manager Craig Engler.

According to the official rundown: “38-year-old Betriek lives at the edge of a peat bog in the North of the Netherlands. When she and her family are attacked by a random stranger one night, Betriek sets out to find an explanation. The more she digs, the more she becomes convinced that she is being hunted by something ancient. ”

The film stars Alexandre Willaume and Sallie Harmsen.

 

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Bloody Disgusting, Dark Star Pictures Drop Clip for ‘The Passenger’

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A brand new clip has arrived for Dark Star Pictures and Bloody Disgusting’s Spanish horror movie ‘The Passenger’ which is slated to hit limited theaters on June 3rd, and then arrive on demand and DVD on June 28th.

According to the summary, the film is about “a group of strangers sharing a ride has their trip interrupted when the driver hits a woman hiking in the dark of night. They decide to help her, but quickly learn that something is wrong and that they shouldn’t have let her in at all.”

The film stars Ramiro Blas (“Blackwod”), Cecilia Suarez (“The House of Flowers”), Paula Gallego (“Paquita Salas”) and Christina Alcazar (“Cachorro”).

You can check out the trailer below:

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