The first “Fear Street” film is an homage to all things horror from the ’90s, especially “Scream,” and similarly, the second film in the trilogy embraces the ’70s. The trailer uses Gloria Gaynor’s disco classic “I Will Survive,” and uses it literally as a means to communicate our campers’ desires to not be brutally murdered.
There’s a huge shout-out to the 1976 film “Carrie,” which starred Sissy Spacek as a telekinetically powered teen whose being bullied results in a school-wide massacre. In “Carrie,” Spacek gets drenched in a bucket of pig’s blood. In the “Fear Street” trailer, we see a young Nick Goode (Ted Sutherland) and Ziggy Berman (Sadie Sink) contemplate doing the exact same thing.
We also get our fair share of creeps in masks, one of whom is a child. The ’70s had its fair share of evil kid movies, including “Devil Times Five” and David Cronenberg’s “The Brood.” But of course, the killer people are mostly interested in is the one with the sack over his head from “Fear Street Part 1: 1994,” who we already know is the one Berman and Goode faced off against when they were kids.
It’s obvious that this latest masked killer is an homage to Jason Voorhees, who also wore a sack over his head before he switched to the now-iconic hockey mask. And while Voorhees is clearly an influence given the look of the killer and the similar locale of a summer camp, “Friday the 13th” isn’t a ’70s horror franchise — it started in 1980. However, Jason’s sack-cloth look is inspired by another film — 1976’s “The Town That Dreaded Sundown.”