FEAR STREET PART TWO doesn't lose any of the momentum from the first part. It manages to be a prequel and a sequel, spreading the story in two different directions. Mostly, we see the story of the 1978 camp and the horrors that happened there. This is a slasher movie, through and through, and they don't hold anything back. The acting is solid and no scenes are wasted. And speaking of being wasted, a lot of campers are wasted by the canvas hooded slasher and I think more characters are wasted on drugs in the first part than this one taking place in the late 70s. I will admit, I haven't read much R.L. Stein but of what I have, I thought his work was more kiddish than this. That's not a complaint, especially for fans of his work as children, who are now grown up, can see how his stories play out for young adults and adults.
Yay! Netflix, you did it! FEAR STREET PART 1 is a solid supernatural slasher horror flick that didn't meander. Good rhythm. Steady beats. Excellent performances. It's a good call-back to 90s horror movies. It has story twists with good clues that let the audience figure out the twist before the revelation. Music selections are in sync with the story. The characters also have developing personalities, where we progressively learn more about everyone. By the end of the movie, we feel like we know those characters - Lil P-Nut even emphasizes that on a msg board chat - with the exception of the character, Sam, who seems underwritten. Another flaw in the story, unless I missed something, is the curse. At the time the curse takes place, several charcters are involved in a crash, which they cover up by saying it's an accident. The curse looks like an accident as well, but is preceded by Deena and Sam's nose bleeds but not explained. Somehow the witch must be involved. But why choose those two girls? Is the witch drawn to the conflict (their relationship) of light and dark (the two appropriately named towns)? If I missed something, that's fine, but an explanation would help. It's a well-done awkward teen flick with two upcoming prequels, so we could get an explanation. Adults, including parents, don't seem to have an influence on the teenagers' lives. The sheriff is barely an exception, as well as the movie suggesting who is Lil P-Nut's father. I'm guessing we'll learn more about those two adults as children in Part 2. We'll also learn more about Britta's character in Part 2, since the movie states she's the only known survivor of the curse. In the final shots of the story, we're left with Deena's resolution to save her girlfriend. Part 2 goes back in time, not forward, so how can we see that resolution if it's a prequel series? Is this story's fate a horrific ending? Overall, this is a solid horror movie that moves at a good pace, which goes a long way to making an engaging story.
TOMORROW WAR is a lot of scifi fun that somehow manages to loop around into a story about family. And aliens. And killing lots of aliens. And I mean, killing a lot of aliens. Momentum is this movie's friend, with every scene something to engage the audience and every new problem bigger than the characters expected. This movie is the kind of cheese that's best served shredded - it's big cheese.
WRONG TURN doesn't elevate itself above its genre but it mashes everything it has together into a cohesive story with some good wrong turns. I don't like jump scares in all m y horror movies because it is possible to be fatigued by all the little trickery movies have to set up to get a jump. Scenes in Wrong Turn 2020 mesh into a solid story with some hard core gore, doing it without jump scares. Movies w/more gore than this exist out there in the wide world. Wrong Turn gives definitive meaning to its gore. Maybe because the violence is over-the-top, some of the story elements and acting are overblown. Despite the occasional acts of ridiculousness, the movie as a whole creates a believable atmosphere and works well as a self-contained story. This film doesn't waste any scenes and the movie appears to have accomplished what filmmakers set out to accomplish. I haven't seen the original 2003 Wrong Turn (or any of the six sequels) and can't comment on how it compares.
Here's another film I've seen several times but havne't reviewed yet. A QUIET PLACE has been just as exciting the next several times I viewed it as it was the first. It's pretty intense all the way through but it's also a little exciting and funny, like playing that 'Who can be the quietest?" game with their kids.