Fear Street: Part Two - 1978

Director: Leigh Janiak
Year Released: 2021
Rating: 1.0

The second part of Janiak's Fear Street trilogy - based on the books by R.L. Stine - goes back to the very fine year of 1978 (I was in utero for most of it) when prissy Cindy (Emily Rudd) and her hellraiser sister Ziggy (Sadie Sink) were at Camp Nightwing and the spirit of a witch named Sarah Fier leads Cindy's boyfriend Tommy (McCabe Slye) to murder a bunch of children with an axe (the nurse doing research into the case also goes berserk).  Few people would even bother to make the argument that 1980's Friday the 13th - yes, the one with Kevin Bacon - is a "quality horror movie" but at least it had an actual sense of atmosphere and grit to it: this doesn't really gain any traction until about half way through, and even then Janiak doesn't even know how to make it creepy (she bathes it in darkness and hopes you don't notice).  Sorry, but I was on the witch's side the whole time.