Where was fear street filmed?
In March 2019, filming began in Atlanta and East Point, Georgia. Several vacant storefronts in the North DeKalb Mall in Georgia were renovated so that they could be used for filming. wikipedia.orgFear Street Part One: 1994
Based on a book by R. L. Stine, the teen slasher film is the second installment in the “Fear Street” trilogy. “Fear Street Part 2: 1978” was released on July 9. It follows a group of teenagers who band together to try to survive a series of murders at Camp Nightwing.
In third place in the ranking is “Fear Street Part 1: 1994,” which premiered on the platform on July 2. The third film, “Fear Street Part 3: 1666,” is scheduled to be released on July 16.
The non-Netflix movies on the list include the ensemble comedy “Mother’s Day,” the first two “Kung Fu Panda” films, and “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.”
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And yet Fear Street Part Two: 1978 manages to be more sensitive than anything in the Friday the 13th series. Through its direct engagement with the Final Girl archetype (as coined by Carol J. Clover), Part Two: 1978 finds its soul. Part Two: 1978’s ostensible Final Girl, counselor Cindy (Emily Rudd), inhabits most of the goody-goody attributes of classic Final Girls, as detailed by Clover in her 1992 book Men, Women and Chain Saws:
The Final Girl is boyish, in a word. Just as the killer is not fully masculine, she is not fully feminine—not, in any case, feminine in the ways of her friends. Her smartness, gravity, competence in mechanical and other practical matters, and sexual reluctance set her apart from the other girls and ally her, ironically, with the very boys she fears or rejects, not to speak of the killer himself. Lest we miss the point, it is spelled out in her name: Stevie, Marti, Terry, Laurie, Stretch, Will, Joey, Max.
Cindy is the type of character so straight-laced that her cursing takes her peers aback. She’s a celibate teetotaler, but her virtue isn’t presented as some sort of magical endowment. Just as Sidney in Scream refused sex for reasons tied directly to her past (in Sidney’s case, her dead mother’s promiscuous reputation), Cindy has a specific motivation for projecting such a squeaky clean identity. As she tells a former friend, Alice (Ryan Simpkins) with whom she emotionally reconnects late in the movie:
I knew then I wasn’t different from the other Shadysiders. I was cursed. I told myself that if I was perfect, if I did everything right, I could beat it. I snitched on you, I got new friends, I… started dressing like this. I dated sweet Tommy. I avoided you, but I couldn’t avoid [her sister] Ziggy. Because she was there always reminding me of the truth. That this town, this place, was cursed. And so were we. She was right all this time.
Clover argued that through the Final Girl’s boyishness, horror’s male-skewing audience ultimately identifies with the Final Girl. Fear Street Part Two’s avoidance in making such concessions is one of a few ways that it twists the archetype. Cindy’s resolution is dependent not just on her friendship with Alice, but also by repairing her relationship with her sister Ziggy (Sadie Sink). Instead of transforming into a male stand-in, Cindy’s femininity is, in fact, reaffirmed by female friendship and sisterhood.
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One of the biggest mysteries in Netflix's Fear Street trilogy is why the witch, Sarah Fier, decided to exact revenge on Shadyside and not Sunnyvale. Attacking the poorer town does shape her in a more evil light, but it's a bit inconsistent as to what her grudge is. Part 1: 1994 hinted that it's due to people desecrating her grave, but Part 2: 1978 now suggests it might be random and a curse built out of hatred. Come the finale of the latter, clues are dropped suggesting why Sarah was actually killed and what this vendetta's about.
In the finale, Deena and Josh tell Christine Berman that they know where the witch's bones are. All they need to do is find her skeleton hand at the Hanging Tree, which they dig up at the mall. It's the same spot where Camp Nightwing was decades before, so with this they head to the grave to reunite the body and break Sarah's curse.
It could be that Deena is a descendant of Sarah's bloodline, ergo why she got a nosebleed when their bus passed the grave in Part 1. But more importantly, it's what Deena experiences that may reframe the franchise entirely. There are quick shots of Sam, Deena's girlfriend in 1994, and Deena once more having sexual relations in 1666, which hints that Sarah Fier might have been a lesbian in these puritanical times.
We also see religious townsfolk judging women, lining them up, assaulting, killing them and then dumping bodies, but as these snapshots go by, it might be that they're women either accused falsely of witchery or gay people persecuted by zealots and bigots. Of course, it stands to reason they may have been part of a coven, but given that Sam's mom in Part 1 hated her for loving Deena, and that LGBT acceptance is a big theme in this story, it looks like homophobia may be the ultimate cause of all the violence back then.
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A summer camp-set slasher with a supernatural edge, Fear Street 1978 owes an obvious creative debt to the likes of Friday the 13th, The Burning, and Sleepaway Camp. However, with its small-town America setting, subtle social commentary, and its story of recurring generational trauma, the Fear Street trilogy as a whole owes a lot to horror icon Stephen King. The prolific genre writer’s work casts a long shadow over the Fear Street movies, despite the trilogy being based on books by Goosebumps writer RL Stine.
Stine was himself influenced by King and, in literary terms, the horror genre was dominated by the writer throughout the ‘80s. Thus, Stephen King earns a nod in Fear Street 1978 much like Fear Street 1994 referenced ‘90s media. With Carrie published in 1974 and The Shining and The Stand arriving soon after, it is fair to say that Fear Street 1978’s hero is right in noting that Stephen King was pretty massive by the time the campsite horror takes place. However, it is pretty ironic for this adaptation to feature a shout out to King as, not only was Stine later seen as a kid-friendly version of the writer, but King also never actually wrote a slasher story like Fear Street 1978 despite being at his peak throughout the ‘80s when the sub-genre dominated horror.
That said, Fear Street 1978 may have name-dropped the author precisely because the movie wanted to avoid mentioning its more obvious inspirations. Having the characters talk about Friday the 13th Part 2 while evading a sack-masked serial killer in a summer camp could have been a bit too on-the-nose, particularly when the Fear Street series has thus far earned critical acclaim for largely eschewing the campy, self-referential humor of many recent slashers. Each villain-riddled Fear Street installment has featured authentically scary villains and shocking, brutal deaths where many critics expected a playful, self-aware adaptation of Stine’s writing, so limiting the character’s references to a period-appropriate best-selling author like Stephen King may have been part of the Fear Street trilogy’s attempt to subvert expectations and steer clear of characters smugly compared their predicament to a slasher movie.
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Hello my fellow Fear Streeters! We’re back with an in-depth look at Fear Street: 1978, the second movie in this Netflix horror trilogy. Part two riffs on the original Friday The 13th movie with its summer camp setting, and we trade in the 90s nostalgia of the first Fear Street for late-70s nostalgia. Stylistically, it’s another winner, boasting a clear visual aesthetic and classic slasher scenarios. But 1978 lags in comparison to its lead-in, bogged down by repetitive exposition and expending too much effort cultivating an air of intrigue around what’s ultimately a pretty straightforward mythology.
The movie begins shortly after we left off in 1994. Deena and Josh break into the home of C. Berman (Gillian Jacobs), which is honestly a pretty rude thing to do to someone they know is a survivor of a mass murder event, but I digress. Indeed, C. Berman’s residual trauma is on full display right away. A wall calendar marks the days since Camp Nightwing’s horrific massacre (over 5,000 at this point). She has one friend and one friend only: her dog Major Tom. And her house is full of an absurd amount of clocks, including several with specific alarms alerting her to her meticulous daily routine, which includes cooking herself a frozen dinner and checking all the locks in the house. So, yeah, she’s not doing so great. The clocks make for excellent set dressing — visually and sonically disturbing — but also perfectly symbolize the cyclical nature of the mythology at the heart of this story. Shadyside and Sunnyvale have been locked in an ongoing conflict since the 17th century, specific patterns repeating and holding Shadysiders in a particular chokehold of violence and tragedy.
Deena, desperate to save Sam, who is freshly possessed and tied up so she can’t do any murders, pleads with C. Berman to share anything she knows about Sarah Fier, the curse, and the connection between what happened at Nightwing and what’s happening now. C. Berman, eventually persuaded by the power of teen gay love, relents and tells Deena and Josh the story of the worst day of her life.
We then spend most of the movie on that day in 1978, a sunny, mostly adult-free camp turned upside down by an axe-wielding killer. We’ve already met this killer in 1994, but we get to see him before Sarah Fier flipped his switch. Tommy Slater (McCabe Slye) is just a nice, goofy boy dating Cindy Berman (Emily Rudd), a goody-two-shoes camp counselor who definitely doesn’t believe in the witch’s curse and does believe she’ll escape the darkness of Shadyside one day.
Her foil is her younger sister Ziggy (Sadie Sink), a wild camper who we first meet running through the woods. Her pursuers are a group of campers led by mean girl Sheila (Chiara Aurelia), who proceeds to have Ziggy strung up by her wrists on the very tree where Fier was hung, taking a lighter to Ziggy’s arm. 1978 is a gorefest in all the obvious ways, but it also deeply disturbs with the violence it showcases beyond the actual curse. Sunnyvale girls torture Ziggy just because they can. Another Shadysider reveals her self-harm scars. The curse, with the lines it draws between Sunnyvale and Shadyside, has real, devastating repercussions that play out on a character level.
At Camp Nightwing, Sunnyvale and Shadyside are thrown together, heightening the stakes of the tension between them. Here, you won’t find playful and zany camp pranks but much more upsetting ones, like Sheila scrawling awful words on the walls of Ziggy’s cabin and Ziggy exacting her revenge with a bucket of live bugs and creatures. Amid the late-70s/early-80s slasher aesthetics, there’s an ugliness to Camp Nightwing. Sunnyvale pride looks especially ghastly in the face of Shadyside’s grim reality. To Sunnyvale, the campwide color war is just another way to assert their dominance, but when it’s interrupted by an axe murderer, the true stakes of this rift become clear. Sunnyvale campers and counselors emerge from the camp massacre pretty much unscathed while Shadyside suffers several losses. This movie still avoids being self-serious, but it’s admittedly a little less fun than the first, going all in on the tragic curse that grips Shadysiders and becoming repetitive in the process.
Let’s get the big twist out of the way, because let’s be real, it’s not a very compelling twist at all. The movie goes to great lengths to suggest good girl Cindy is the C. Berman we meet in 1994 when really it’s Ziggy who survives the camp massacre and becomes the haunted woman telling this tale to Deena and Sam. Perhaps it’s supposed to be a play on expectations: The good sister dies and the misbehaved one survives. Ultimately, all it feels like is a cheap narrative trick. And even though part of my enjoyment of the first film was not really affected by its predictability, this unsurprising turn in 1978 doesn’t really do anything.
Tie-ins to the first movie abound, and they’re occasionally fun, such as when the camp’s nurse (Jordana Spiro) turns out to be the mother of razor-happy, sweet-voiced Ruby Lane. Forever haunted by what happened to her daughter, she has made it her life’s work to solve the mystery of Sarah Fier. She comes close, but along the way, she also encounters the stones scrawled with the names of Shadysiders gone psycho and when she sees Tommy Slater’s on it, she tries to kill him before he can kill anyone else.
Nurse Lane gets taken out of the picture pretty quickly, so then it’s Cindy and her crew left to follow her footsteps to Fier. That crew includes her boyfriend Tommy before he snaps, her ex-bestie Alice (Ryan Simpkins), and Alice’s boyfriend Arnie (Sam Brooks). From the moment they initially stumble into the caves beneath camp, we become immersed in the mythology of the witch’s curse. But we don’t really learn any substantial new information, the movie rehashing much of what we already know from the first. A lot of this might be new to the characters, but it isn’t new for us, and the dramatic irony is dull. Cindy and Alice are stuck in the caves together for much of the episode, and they both essentially just repeat various tenets of the mythology to each other over and over.
What’s more interesting is the relationship dynamic between them, which parallels some of the tension between sisters Cindy and Ziggy and girlfriends Deena and Sam in the 1994 timeline. Cindy and Sam are both desperate to shed the Shadyside curse in terms of their own lives, Sam moving to Sunnyvale and Cindy adopting a sort of Sunnyvale drag, donning preppy polo shirts and a sweet-girl-from-the-suburbs persona to mask her inner turmoil. When it comes to Sam, Deena sees this as a betrayal. When it comes to Cindy, Alice feels betrayed, too, and Ziggy feels, well, like her sister is a fool. Cindy and Alice simultaneously work through their interpersonal issues as they work through the mysteries of the cave and the curse. This movie succeeds on a character level in the same ways the first does, giving just enough specificity to these characters to make you care what happens to them. 1978 just feels even more tragic in its rendering of these characters than the first, which gives the movie a different tone that isn’t an altogether misfire but does make it all the more obvious these character conflicts are drawn with broad strokes.
Cindy and Ziggy’s complicated sister dynamic isn’t quite as well developed as Cindy and Alice’s, and as a result, their arc feels forced. Every scene between Cindy and Ziggy feels like the same scene repeated over and over until they finally come together for the final act. Cindy and Alice’s arc has some more resonant beats. And even Ziggy’s romantic arc with a young Nick Goode feels fully realized (by slasher terms). I love that they bond over their mutual love of Stephen King but also decide as the night goes on they’ve lived enough horror and would like to read some Judy Blume wholesomeness. I don’t mind the sometimes clunky, often corny dialogue throughout the movie, but I do feel like some of the emotional stakes of the narrative are belabored, which only overemphasizes how simplistic they are.
I’m not necessarily looking for depth from my slashers, but 1978 almost plays it too straight (pun intended, because it’s also less queer than the first, but shoutout to nonbinary actor Ryan Simpkins, who is one of the best parts of the movie). It perfectly replicates an age-old slasher trope with two of the movie’s minor characters: Kurt (Michael Provost, who you might recognize from Plan B), the cocky jock archetype, and Annie (Eden Campbell), a pretty hippie girl have sex that ends with the girl brutally murdered and the guy spared. Of course, there’s the broader context of the cursed: Annie is a Shadysider and Kurt is from Sunnyvale, so it makes sense one dies while the other survives based on those parameters. But when I saw this girl enjoying sex and then lighting up a joint, I said out loud “oh, she’s clearly gonna die,” and then I was right. This time, that felt less satisfying. While I wrote about the weirdly exciting feeling of watching familiar tropes satisfied in 1994, this time, the satisfaction of this particular trope really does just feel tired. There’s nothing else at play with the sequence, and I almost wish it’d been axed. In general, part of me wonders if a tighter 90-minute edit of 1978 could have solved some of its redundant issues.
As I also wrote last week, I don’t think slashers need to outright surprise to be successful. I don’t think all tropes need to be subverted or include a Commentary. But 1994 still managed to surprise in small ways that kept things feeling fresh and exciting. 1978, while certainly grisly, also plays it safe in some ways. Overall, 1978 is even gorier than 1994. The death scenes involving young campers are shot in a purposeful way that minimizes gratuitousness while still maintaining the macabre.
The grisliness of these murders is also just sort of a matter of weapon choice. Someone using a large axe to chop people up is just always going to look and sound gruesome. And in 1978, it’s yet another thing that starts to feel repetitive to the point of blurring. There isn’t much variation to the more action-packed horror scenes. Again, it just feels repetitive. And sure, every archetypical killer has their MO and weapon of choice, but even the original Friday The 13th threw a bow and arrow into the mix. Ghostface in Scream might prefer a hunting knife, but we also get the very memorable garage door scene. You’ll find no Chekhov’s bread slicer here. I’m all for a paint-by-the-numbers slasher, but again, 1978 just plays it so straight.
The biggest drawback of the film really is that it seems to be re-treading too much ground, especially when it comes to the mythology already explored in the first. We get the new piece of information that Fier’s hand needs to be reunited with the rest of her bones, but that has been easy to piece together since the last movie. The best parts of 1978 are the relationship dynamics — particularly Cindy and Alice’s friendship, which does nicely replicate the tension between Deena and Sam, even if it isn’t explicitly romantic here. And it’s still an enjoyable chapter of the series.
But all that effort put into the Ziggy/Cindy fakeout falls flat. If anything, the most genuinely shocking part of the ending is not the identity reveal so much as the brutality of Cindy and Ziggy’s death and near death. They don’t have the information nor time to deal with the fact they’re being pursued by multiple killers like the teens in 1994 do. So they’re hacked up right next to each other, and even though Ziggy lives, it’s a vicious ending, one that underscores the tragedy of the Berman sisters, who so recently came together before being violently torn apart. Ziggy’s cynicism is correct in the end; there’s no hope for Shadysiders. The bleakness of 1978 is one of its strengths. The curse has so much weight to it.
I do think the odds are stacked against 1978, because the second part of a trilogy so often tends to lag, having to do all the work of setting things up for the ending. The movie feels more like connective tissue between movies than a pulsating heart of its own. It thrills in fits and starts, the momentum constantly cut by its tendency to reiterate.
I have some lingering questions/quasi-theories about both films and where we’re headed for the final installment, so I’m going to drop those here and feel free to weigh in on them or add your own in the comments:
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PS – I found out that in addition to being in “Trinkets”, Kiana Madeira also played Spyn on “The Flash”. She was the woman who flirted with Nora West-Allen.
ooo so do you think it’s a Sunnyvale person who’s choosing the names to carve into the stone?
Totally forget to respond to comments last week… but anyways some theories. When they go to “witch’s” house it’s mentioned that someone has been there recently. I don’t think it was the ghost of Sarah or Nurse Lane. I think it was a Goode. Not totally sure which Goode (I think of the Goodes we have met Will is the most likely) but I’m sure it’s going to be revealed to be a Goode. I think the legend is referring to Sarah making slaves of Good men is actually referring to Goode Men. We also know nick feels a lot pressure and anxiety about his families legacy. I think that legacy isn’t becoming the Sheriff or community leader but his family legacy of the maintaining the curse. I think the Goodes are likely the people who first accuse Sarah of being a witch. Now this where my theory gets wobbly I have three ideas. 1. The Goodes countered the curse by making a deal with the devil. The curse was supposed to harm the Goodes but the Goodes made a deal with the devil that as long as they write someone’s name on the wall after so many years they are safe from Sarahs curse and Sunnyvale prospers. 2. Sarah is “making” the Goodes keep the curse going. Basically the Goodes have to choose a name or consequences for the Goode family. 3. It was the Goodes all along and Sarah is totally innocent! I think the colony was in dire straights and the Goodes made a deal with the devil to “save” the colony. But for the colony to prosper people have to be sacrificed. The Goodes blamed Sarah for witchcraft as a way to hide their involvement with the devil (this theory I believe the most). Finally true for all of the above. when people bleed on Sarah she is actually trying to show them the truth. All the killers all going after that person is caused by the Goodes not wanting the truth to be revealed.
Finally I think Sam being possessed but Ziggy not comes down to Nick Goode. From earlier I think the Goodes are directly involved with the curse somehow. Nick loves Ziggy and knows his family will kill her to protect whatever the full truth is. Which is why he lies about her name to protect her identity. He couldn’t do that for Sam (Also I think Nick used magic to bring Ziggy back) and yeah pretty sure we are getting redemptive cop story. I am guessing Nick will turn sides against his family and Sunnyvale to help end the curse. But who knows maybe there will be big heel turn on Nicks part and he will stand by his family. I can’t wait until 1666! Did not think I was going to become obsessed with this as much as I did. (Sorry in advance for spelling/grammar errors)
Wow! So many good theories in here!!! I especially like this part: “when people bleed on Sarah she is actually trying to show them the truth. All the killers all going after that person is caused by the Goodes not wanting the truth to be revealed.” I would truly love if Sarah is mostly misunderstood/not the true monster, so I like this theory!
Also, I did not think about the possibility of Nick bringing Ziggy back with magic, but that actually makes a lot of sense to me. It could definitely be part of the explanation for why she doesn’t become cursed. Also I had a hard time believing the Milk Man would not be more, uhhhh, thorough with killing her. Seems like an undead mass killer would probably get the job done without any room for error?
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Netflix subscribers spent another weekend getting scared in Shadyside. The latest installment in the streamer's trilogy adaptation of author R.L. Stine's books, Fear Street Part 2: 1978, slashed its way to the top movie on the platform this weekend and holds the No. 5 spot on the Top 10 overall list. For comparison, the first film in the trilogy, Part One: 1994, also reached the No. 1 spot for films and climbed to No. 2 on the overall chart.
Although its current overall ranking is several slots lower than its predecessor’s, 1978 has outperformed 1994 on Rotten Tomatoes. The film currently has an 90% fresh tomatometer rating and an 85% audience score. Meanwhile, in the more than a week since its release, 1994 has earned itself an 80% fresh tomatometer score and a 65% audience score. Critics have dubbed the second film in the trilogy "bloodcurdling" and "a horror film lovingly tailored to the tastes of those who grew up on Stine's work."
Based on Stine's books of the same name, the Fear Street trilogy takes place in the fictional town of Shadyside, Ohio, where a curse spun by Sarah Fier, a witch who was executed, has plagued the town for centuries, leading to countless massacres. After documenting the latest reign of terror in 1994, Part 2 flashes back to 1978. The setting at Camp Nightwing helps pay homage to summer camp slashers, including Friday the 13th. As Sunnyvale and Shadyside teens come together for what should be a summer of fun, they find themselves fighting for survival. Just like 1994, 1978 boasts an R-rating, despite its book counterpart having been geared towards younger audiences.
"For me, they were always R-rated, that was always part of my vision of what the movies should be," director Leigh Janiak told PopCulture.com's sister site, ComicBook.com. "I think it's important that slasher movies are very violent and very crazy with blood and gore and all of that. Also, just thematically, for me, I wanted the experience of the movies to be really fun and scary, but I also wanted the moments of violence to be real and disturbing and remind the audience that there's a real evil happening in Shadyside."
Fear Street Part 2: 1978 stars Sadie Sink, Emily Rudd, Ryan Simpkins, McCabe Slye, Ted Sutherland, Gillian Jacobs, Kiana Madiera, Benjamin Flores Jr. and Olivia Scott Welch. Both 1994 and 1978 are now available for streaming on Netflix. Fear Street Part 3: 1666, the final installment, debuts on Friday, July 16.
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In Netflix's slasher trilogy, she plays a camp outcast battling both the snotty popular crowd and sinister supernatural forces
When Sadie Sink connects with MTV News on a recent Monday, it's mere hours before the in-person premiere for Netflix's Fear Street trilogy. Later that night, the actress — who's perhaps best known for portraying Max on Stranger Things — would be spotted in Los Angeles State Historic Park wearing a black bandeau top, wide black pants, and hefty boots. On the phone, however, the Texas native reveals that this very morning, she realized this screening was exactly two years to the day after the premiere for Season 3 of Stranger Things.
Much has changed for Sink during this time. She turned 18 (and is now 19), graduated high school, and made some important decisions about post-grad life. But one of the most transformative things she did was film Fear Street Part Two: 1978, the second part of a horror-slasher film trilogy loosely based on R.L. Stine’s books. The film is released Friday (July 9) via Netflix, while the first movie, Fear Street Part One: 1994 was out on July 2. (The third and concluding installment in the series, Fear Street Part Three: 1666, is due July 16.)
Where Fear Street Part One: 1994 followed a group of teens growing up in a cursed small town, Fear Street Part Two: 1978 takes place in 1978, at a rural summer camp for teenagers with pure evil lurking beneath its wholesome exterior. Sink plays Ziggy Berman, a camp outcast who finds herself battling not just the snotty popular crowd, but sinister supernatural forces that have plagued residents of nearby towns for centuries.
While outwardly tough and tomboyish, Ziggy has a rich emotional interior, owing to a turbulent family life. That potential for depth appealed to Sink. "When I was looking over the script, at first glance, you can check her off as a very aggressive and intense character who's mad at the world. All of these things are true,” she says. “But what was important to me was to go and find moments that she was a little bit softer, and the moments that showed more of her vulnerabilities."
To prepare Sink for the role, Fear Street trilogy director Leigh Janiak recommended the actress watch a few slasher movies, including Friday the 13th and Scream. ("I think I got through some of them, because they're very scary," she says lightly.) And while Sink sees the parallels between Fear Street Part Two: 1978 and these classic horror films, "for the most part, I took it for what it was," she says. That's one reason Fear Street Part Two: 1978 feels so fresh: Sink wasn't beholden to clichés, but free to embrace her own spin on the horror genre.
The actress has some previous experience with supernatural stories, as she appeared in 2019's horror-thriller Eli, portraying a teenage girl with a spooky secret about her true identity. However, her acting resume tends toward theater (her first big break came in the 2012 Broadway revival of Annie) or more straightforward dramatic roles. In fact, she notes portraying Ziggy Berman also involved far more stunt work than she had done in the past, and was a much more physical role; among other things, she had to build up her stamina since so many scenes involved running.
"They require you to just really throw yourself into it and be out in the elements and really be in the moment, you leave everything out there," Sink says. "I became a lot more comfortable, you know, screaming on camera and doing things that feel so unnatural and ridiculous sometimes." Surprisingly, filming a horror film isn't all fear and anxiety, however: "There's this energy that's so fun on the horror-movie set," she adds. "And even though, sometimes, it's actually pretty tense and scary when it needs to be, for the most part, weirdly it feels a little bit more lighthearted than when you're doing something that's more dramatic."
That vibe has a lot to do with the approach of Janiak, who previously helmed and co-wrote 2014's equally suspenseful Honeymoon and who directed all three Fear Street films over one summer. "I'd wanted to work with Leigh for a while," Sink explains. "And in the lookbook that she put together, and sitting and meeting with her and hearing her talk about the films, she had a really strong and clear vision for all three of them." After the films wrapped, Sink's instincts were proven right — not just about Janiak's work ethic, but also her personality.
"She's probably the coolest person I know. On set, she was very encouraging and understanding. She made it a really fun environment. The great energy that she created on set really translated into the film. We were just having so much fun, and when watching the 1978 movie, you see that. The cast bonded so well together. It felt like a great, fun summer-camp experience."
The retro feeling (and retro music) of Fear Street Part Two: 1978 is reminiscent of Stranger Things at times. However, the actress sees distinct differences between Ziggy and her beloved Stranger Things character Max, a skateboarding and arcade game enthusiast who has also weathered family and personal challenges in a town plagued by weirdness. "Max still has this innocence about her. And I think she really enjoys being a kid and being free and everything," Sink says. "Ziggy is very misunderstood and wants to be seen as an adult because she's wise beyond her years. So the role is definitely more mature than my work than I've done on Stranger Things. It was stepping into something different."
Although the 2020 pandemic lockdown interrupted production of the latest Stranger Things season, Sink notes the cast picked up filming again without missing a beat. "It's an incredible season,” she says. “And the scale of it is just so massive this year. I think people are really going to enjoy it." It helped that Sink made the most of the break, and actually used the downtime to become closer to Max. "If anything, I just had more time to read through the scripts and connect with her even more this season. [I've been] playing the same character since I was 14, so you get to know her really well. You're able to slip in and out of character. But during the pandemic, I was missing set and missing the scripts, and, and I missed Max a lot, too."
The 2020 lockdown ended up being formative for Sink for plenty of other reasons, as well. She built on her love of writing and took up journaling during the long stretch of time at home. Turning 18 also meant she effectively is now considered an adult in the eyes of the acting industry, which removes schooling requirements and limitations on working hours. "It was a big change," she admits. "But I was so ready to get back to work that it didn't even faze me."
For the moment, Sink also decided to forgo college and focus on her career, although she "can definitely see myself going one day" in the future. "When I was younger, it was like, 'Oh, of course, I'm going to college,'" she says. "And then you actually get to that point and you're like, 'Wait, I don't know if this is the right idea. I think that would be too much for me right now.' And if I've learned anything from the pandemic, it's [to] take it one day at a time. You can't predict the future. So that's what I'm doing right now, I'm playing it by ear."
In the meantime, Sink is keeping busy: In addition to filming Stranger Things, she recently wrapped a drama called The Whale (with Darren Aronofsky and Brendan Fraser) and is also starring in the upcoming film Dear Zoe, in the role of a teenager navigating through the aftermath of her younger sister's death. "It's been a busy year so far. I kind of went straight into the fire from doing absolutely nothing for eight months, and then having a pretty stacked schedule. This summer, I'm hoping to relax and do absolutely nothing for a little bit."
Sink certainly deserves the break. "All these big changes were happening in my life, I had a lot of personal growth, I think. And I came out of the pandemic being so grateful for work and being able to be on set and being able to safely surround myself with faces that I'd missed so much."
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The terrifying follow-up film, Fear Street Part Two: 1978, just premiered on Netflix a few days ago, and it’s already claimed the number one spot on the streaming service’s list of most-watched movies. (It’s currently ranked above Major Grom: Plague Doctor, Fear Street Part One: 1994, Mother's Day, How I Became a Superhero and Kung Fu Panda.)
Fear Street Part Two: 1978 is the second installment in the highly anticipated trilogy, which follows a group of teenagers living in Shadyside, Ohio. The first movie focuses on the teens as they realize they might be the next targets in a string of murders.
This time, they travel back in time to visit Camp Nightwing, which is being targeted by another killer. Can the campers fight for their survival?
“There’s something holding us down,” someone says in the clip. “Cursing us.”
Part Two features some of the same cast as Part One, like Kiana Madeira (Deena), Olivia Scott Welch (Sam), Maya Hawke (Heather) and Benjamin Flores Jr. (Josh). Other stars include Sadie Sink (Ziggy), Emily Rudd (Cindy), Ryan Simpkins (Alice), McCabe Slye (Tommy) and Matthew Zuk (Mayor Will Goode).
The Fear Street trilogy was directed by Leigh Janiak (Honeymoon). Although it’s based on the namesake book series by R. L. Stine, the filmmaker also co-wrote the script alongside Phil Graziadei (Not Fade Away) and Zak Olkewicz (Lights Out).
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Within Fear Street Part 2: 1978, audiences are treated to traveling back in time to Shadyside's infamous 1978 Camp Nightwing massacre. Told through the perspective of C. Berman, the only known camper -- aside from the town's future Sheriff Nick Goode -- to have survived the bloodbath. Part 1: 1994's final girl Deena, her brother Josh and her possessed girlfriend Sam believe C. Berman's story can somehow unlock a way to break Shadyside's curse from the vengeful witch, Sarah Fier, who has doomed the town since 1666.
While it's known that C. Berman survived, it's not entirely clear at the start of her story who she is. As Berman's tale about her and her sister unfolds, it leads audiences into thinking that she's the goody-two-shoes teen named Cindy Berman, as the other sister's name is Ziggy. However, attuned horror fans might have spotted two sneaky clues that prove that C. Berman could never have been Cindy Berman. One has everything to do with her name and the other is linked to Goode's actions in 1994.
Going by the name of Ziggy, C. Berman proved to be a devout David Bowie fan in her teenage years. The name is a call back to 1972's iconic rock album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. Audiences don't know that this is a nickname amidst the tragic flashback; however, Fear Street Part 2's final bloody act reveals Berman's real name to be Christine "Ziggy" Berman.
When audiences meet present-day C. Berman, they also learn her dog's name is Major Tom. Fellow Bowie fans would have likely noticed that C. Berman chose to name her dog after a character from Bowie's "Space Oddity" song, so they may have realized early on Ziggy's identity once she's introduced to us through her flashback.
During the first moments of the 1978 flashback, Nick Goode comes to "rescue" a rebellious Ziggy. While seeing an adult Nick Goode warning a now-adult C. Berman of trouble creates a nice parallel moment -- and sows the seed that deep down Nick Goode might want to be less self-serving and even rekindle a relationship with her -- it also shows a uniquely personal and secretive interest in Ziggy.
Throughout the 1978 flashback, Nick Goode and Cindy Berman don't speak to each other. Although it's entirely possible that he could have just been reaching out to a fellow survivor, his nature in doing so -- late at night, weary of people seeing him -- harkens back to that same scared teenage boy in 1978, who is not quite ready to stand up for who or what he believes in -- including C. Berman.
Directed and co-written by Leigh Janiak, the Fear Street trilogy stars Sadie Sink, Kiana Madeira, Olivia Welch, Benjamin Flores Jr., Darrell Britt-Gibson, Ashley Zukerman, Fred Hechinger, Julia Rehwald, Jeremy Ford and Gillian Jacobs. Part One: 1994 and Part Two: 1978 are available now on Netflix, followed by Part Three: 1666 on July 16.Fear Street Part Two: 1978 reveals the true identity of C. Berman in its final third act, but not before it dropped a major clue at the film's start.