Emily Rudd and Sadie Sink play sisters in Fear Street Part Two: 1978.
It’s been a rough and wild ride, but we finally know the truth behind the Shadyside killers on Netflix. Street of fear. The movie trilogy pulled us out of 1994, back to 1978 and finally to 1666, exploring why possessed serial killers were brutally murdering the residents of Shadyside, Ohio. It all had something to do with Sarah Fier, a witch who cursed the city to centuries of disgrace, while across the tracks, the city of Sunnyvale prospered.
What is Sarah Fier really evil? Why do Sunnyvale residents hate the Shadysiders? What is the truth behind the curse? Let’s dive into all of that and more below.
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Warning: spoilers ahead
Olivia Scott Welch plays Sam and Kiana Maderia plays Deena.
Is Sarah Fier evil?
When Deena reunites Sarah Fier’s hand with the rest of her skeleton, she goes back in time to 1666, where she witnesses the truth behind the Shadyside curse.
Deena sees that Sarah Fier was innocent, that Solomon Goode, the pilgrim ancestor of Sheriff Nick Goode, framed her in witchcraft. Using the “A Simple Exchange” charm from a devil’s book (discovered in the home of the widow Mary, a woman rumored to be immortal after making a deal with the devil), Solomon summons the devil and makes a deal to change your misfortunes. He wants “power, prosperity and legacy” and is willing to pay the price of a single soul every few years.
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He writes the name of the sacrifice on the stone wall in the secret passage under his house and the devil owns them. Sarah points out that this sees the murders of even more people, as the Devil goes off on a murder spree.
To prevent her from telling everyone, Solomon frames Sarah for the deaths of several children in the village (he had initially tried to frame Pastor Miller). This is an easy task, when the villagers already believe that Sarah’s soul is doomed, after they discovered her kissing and falling in love with Hannah Miller, the pastor’s daughter.
The villagers hang Sarah, but not before she promises to reveal the truth about the Goode. “The truth will be your curse,” he tells Solomon. “I will follow you for eternity. And everything you take and everyone you hurt, you will feel the grip of my hand. I will follow you forever. I will never let you go.”
So when Deena completes Sarah’s skeleton, she sees exactly what happened in 1666. However, there is a consequence: anyone who bleeds on Sarah’s bones becomes a target of the Shadyside Assassins.
Maya Hawke’s Heather is the victim of a possessed Ryan Torres.
What does the dispute between Sunnyvale and Shadyside mean?
One of the first things that was established in Part One: 1994 is the dispute between the rival (fictitious) rich and poor peoples of Ohio. Shadyside is known as America’s murder capital, while Sunnyvale is considered one of the wealthiest and safest cities in the country. “Bad things always happen to the Shadysiders,” says Ziggy of Sadie Sink.
What is the connection? Why is one better than the other?
In their deal with the devil, the Sunnyvale family, the Goodes, trade the people of Shadyside for prosperity and wealth. Sheriff Nick Goode gives the devil a name, who then possesses that person and goes on a murder rampage, killing the Shadysiders and feeding on their blood.
In return, Sheriff Goode gets what he wants. He becomes sheriff, his brother Will Goode becomes mayor, and all of Sunnyvale just keeps getting better, at Shadyside’s expense. Continues through generations, the firstborn Goode assuming the mantle of evil.
Are Sunnyvale and Shadyside real cities?
There is a real Shadyside, Ohio, but luckily the violent history depicted in the movies is fictional (the movies are based on RL Stine’s popular Fear Street book series, after all). There are also several Sunnyvales, but they are scattered across the US and do not border Shadyside.
Cindy and Alice discover the wall of names.
What are the names written on the stone wall?
In Part Two: 1978, Alice (Cindy’s ex-friend) and Cindy (Ziggy’s sister) find a wall carved with the names of all the Shadyside killers under Sarah Fier’s house. Alice realizes that anyone whose name is written on the rock becomes possessed. Nurse Lane’s daughter, Ruby Lane, is one of the possessed and attacks Simon in 1994. That is why Nurse Lane tries to kill Tommy Slater, knowing that he too will become a murderer, after seeing his name written on it. Wall.
Names written on the wall include Cyrus Miller (the pastor), William “Billy” Barker, Ruby Lane (Nurse Lane’s daughter), Isaac Milton, and Harry Rooker (The milkman).
Josh’s research is helpful.
Shadyside Killer Backstories
Deena’s little brother Josh collects newspaper clippings from the Shadyside Killers. They reveal a memorable list of slasher nicknames, though the film series doesn’t delve into the backstories. Here’s what we know from the short snippets.
Ruby laneDaughter of Nurse Lane, a 16-year-old Shadyside high school student who murdered her boyfriend and six others with a razor in 1965. You can tell she comes when you hear her sing You Always Hurt The One You Love, from the Mills Brothers. Ruby’s wrists are severed, a sign of her suicide attempt and (unsuccessfully) ending the curse.
Humpty Dumpty Killer: A newspaper clipping reveals that in 1935, Humpty Dumpty’s killer “strikes again.” According to director Leigh Janiak in an interview with Collider, Humpty Dumpty’s killer was in the original 1994 script. “It had a really interesting backstory … about a guy who was killing people and taking parts of their bodies and making new people out of them. Like sewing things together, like Humpty Dumpty putting things back together. ” However, Janiak wasn’t sure when it would drive him crazy and decided in the end to leave the killer for another movie (hooray for future movies!).
Death farmer: A note on Josh’s detective wall says “Death Farmer – 1890.” We don’t learn more than that.
Billy Barker: Also known as the creepy kid in a mask. Barker hits his sleeping brother on the bed with a baseball bat in 1922. According to another newspaper clipping, Barker died under unknown circumstances after the murder. Like Ruby Lane, he probably also tried (unsuccessfully) to end the curse by killing himself.
The milkman: In the 1950s, Harry Rooker was a milkman before becoming one of the Shadyside killers. The Milkman committed a murder rampage, killing his clients, all of them housewives, with a razor.
The scammer: In 1904, The Grifter is shown in a quick flashback drowning a girl in a lake. Although, a newspaper clipping indicates that The Grifter’s favorite murder method has something to do with alliteration: “Grifter Guts Girls.”
Camp Nightwing Killer: This is Tommy Slater, whose ax-wielding origins we see in Part Two: 1978. “Group of campers, brutal massacre. There was a survivor from Shadyside, C. Berman,” reads his newspaper clipping.
The book of the devil.
That post-credits scene and future movies
After Sarah kills Sheriff Nick Goode by stabbing him in the eye and the Shadyside killers disappear (along with what appears to be the hideous spawn of the devil under the Shadyside Mall), a reporter reveals that “information that implicates the Sheriff continues to emerge. Union County’s Nicholas Goode, the Sunnyvale serial killer. “
The reporter goes on to say that the Goode family “maintain that they had no knowledge of Sheriff Goode’s gruesome secret.”
Then we see a little scene during the end credits. Under the mall, behind the sheriff do not cross the police tape, the charred book of the devil is stolen by an unknown person.
This is great news for fans who want more from the world of Fear Street, including a look at the backstories of different killers. In the interview with ColliderJaniak confirmed that “we have ideas” about future films.
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