I agree. I knew these would be R Rated, but I guess the R.L. Stone association had me thinking these would be a little tamer, so it’s been a pleasant surprise that these have been a bit rough. And I’m someone who won’t watch Saw/other torture porn-esque horror movies and these don’t seem particularly gratuitous, just visceral and aggressive in their violence and horror.I really appreciate how ‘cruel’ some of the deaths are because I think it’s a testament to the writers creating characters I’m actually emotionally invested in before offing them, which can be so rare in slashers. It also truly helps in upping the stakes, which for me, is very important for the genre.
I'm about to start it, but we already know there's only one survivor so I'm fully expecting everyone else to be dead by the end which sucks because I wanna be able to get emotionally invested in characters and be nervous about their fates.Did they really "spoil" the entire second movie deaths in the end?
According to Wikipedia:So... are the books worth reading or are they very much young adult and tame unlike these movies or do the movies just take the name and not actually anything from the books?
The Fear Street books take place in the fictionalized city of Shadyside, and feature average teenagers, who are older than the typical Goosebumps preteens, and encounter malignant, sometimes paranormal, adversaries. While some of the Fear Street novels have paranormal elements, such as ghosts, others are simply murder mysteries. Where the Goosebumps books have a few deaths, the deaths presented in Fear Street, particularly the sagas, are far more gruesome, with more blood and gore.
The title of the series comes from the name of a fictional street in Shadyside, which was named after the Fear family. Their name was originally spelled as Fier; however, after being told that the family was cursed and that the letters could be rearranged to spell "fire", Simon Fier changed it to Fear in the 19th century. The curse survived, however, and Simon and his wife, Angelica, brought it with them when they moved to Shadyside sometime after the Civil War. It all started in Puritan times when Benjamin and Matthew Fier had an innocent girl and her mother, Susannah and Martha Goode, burned at the stake for allegedly practicing witchcraft. The father and husband, William Goode, put the curse on the Fiers to avenge their deaths, bringing misery and death to the previously mentioned family
I really appreciate how ‘cruel’ some of the deaths are because I think it’s a testament to the writers creating characters I’m actually emotionally invested in before offing them, which can be so rare in slashers. It also truly helps in upping the stakes, which for me, is very important for the genre.
I haven’t read them since I was 12 or 13, and I honestly at the time remember them being really adult and scary. But there’s been a lot of discussion here about how the books are fairly PG-13 and the films have really upped the gore/horror in comparison. Perhaps I was just so young when I read them that they felt far more adult than I would find them now 20 years later, but at the time, the amount of graphic teen deaths in them really did a number on me (whereas the Goosebumps books felt like child’s play).So... are the books worth reading or are they very much young adult and tame unlike these movies or do the movies just take the name and not actually anything from the books?
This. Just finished the second and it’s a vast improvement. In the first, I found the acting almost comically bad at times and it really didn’t feel like it was in the 90s at all. Just some zany, stranger-things-esque universe. 1978 is far more successful and immersive because of the acting and setting. Also, the protagonist is somewhat likeable.I much preferred Part II to the first. A large part of it was the setting worked way better and it actually felt like it was set in the time period it was meant to, the first didn’t capture the 90’s as well. The acting is on a whole other level compared to the first which made the characters way more likeable, I actually rooted for them in this one unlike in the first where I couldn’t care less about any of them. The main girl from the first (still don’t know her name she’s so bland) showing up really emphasised how poor her acting is. The tone was also much more consistent which was one of my main issues with the first.