Emily Rudd and Sadie Sink play Sisters in Fear Street Part 2: 1978.
It’s been a tough, wild ride, but we finally know the truth behind the Shadyside Killers on Netflix. The film trilogy took us out , back to 1978 and finally 1666 to find out why obsessive serial killers brutally murdered the residents of Shadyside, Ohio. It had everything to do with Sarah Fier, a witch who cursed the city for centuries of misfortune while on the other side of the railroad the town of Sunnyvale was thriving.
Was Sarah Fier Really Angry? Why do Sunnyvale residents hate Shadysiders? What’s the truth behind the curse? Let’s dive into all of that and more below.
Warning: spoilers ahead
Olivia Scott Welch plays Sam and Kiana Maderia plays Deena.
Is Sarah Fier Angry?
When Deena reunites Sarah Fier’s hand with the rest of her skeleton, she goes back to 1666 where she experiences the truth behind the Shadyside curse.
Deena sees that Sarah Fier was innocent, that she was attached to witchcraft by Solomon Goode, the pilgrim ancestor of Sheriff Nick Goode. With the incantation “A Simple Exchange” from a book by the devil (discovered in widow Mary’s house, a woman supposedly immortal after a deal with the devil), Solomon summons the devil and makes a deal to reverse his misfortune. He wants “power, wealth and inheritance” and is willing to pay the price of a single soul every few years.
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He writes the victim’s name on the stone wall in the secret passage under his house and the devil owns it. Sarah points out that this sees the murders of even more people as the devil goes on a rampage.
To keep her from telling everyone, Solomon frames Sarah for the deaths of several children in the village (he originally tried to pin Pastor Miller). This is an easy task as the villagers believe Sarah’s soul is doomed after she was discovered kissing and falling in love with Hannah Miller, the pastor’s daughter.
The villagers hang Sarah up, but not before she promises to reveal the truth about the Goodes. “Let the truth be your curse,” she tells Solomon. “I will shadow you for eternity. And everything you take and everyone you hurt you will feel the grip of my hand. I will follow you forever.
Therefore, when Deena finishes Sarah’s skeleton, she sees exactly what happened in 1666. The consequence, however, is that anyone who touches Sarah’s bones becomes the target of the Shadyside Killers.
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What does the feud between Sunnyvale and Shadyside mean?
One of the first things to be noted in Part One: 1994 is the feud between Ohio’s (fictional) rich and poor rival cities. Shadyside is known as the murder capital of the United States, while Sunnyvale is known as one of the richest and safest cities in the country. “Bad things always happen to Shadysiders,” says Sadie Sink’s Ziggy.
What’s the connection? Why is one better than the other?
In their deal with the devil, the good guys Sunnyvale trade the people of Shadyside for wealth and fortune. Sheriff Nick Goode names the devil who then owns this person and goes into a murder madness, killing 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 is getting better and better, at the expense of Shadyside. It goes on for generations, a goode takes on the bad cloak.
Are Sunnyvale and Shadyside real cities?
A real Shadyside, Ohio exists, but luckily the violent story portrayed in the films is fictional (the films are based on RL Stine’s popular Fear Street book series, after all). There are several Sunnyvales as well, but they are scattered across the US and do not border Shadyside.
Cindy and Alice discover the wall of names.
What names are written on the stone wall?
In Part 2: 1978 Alice (Cindy’s ex-girlfriend) and Cindy (Ziggy’s sister) find a wall under Sarah Fier’s house with the names of all the Shadyside killers. Alice realizes that anyone whose name is written in the rock will be possessed. Sister Lane’s daughter, Ruby Lane, is one of the possessed and attacks Simon in 1994. For this reason, Sister Lane tries to kill Tommy Slater, knowing that he too will turn into a murderer after seeing his name on the wall.
On the wall are Cyrus Miller (the pastor), William “Billy” Barker, Ruby Lane (Nurse Lane’s daughter), Isaac Milton and Harry Rooker (The Milkman).
Josh’s research is useful.
Background stories from Shadyside Killer
Deena’s little brother Josh collects newspaper clippings from the Shadyside Killers. They reveal a memorable list of slasher monikers, though the film franchise doesn’t delve deep into the backstories. Here’s what we know from the short snippets.
Ruby Lane: Sister Lane’s daughter, a 16-year-old high school student in Shadyside who murdered her boyfriend and six others with a razor in 1965. You Can Say She Comes When You Hear Her Sing You Always Do The One You Love By The Mills Brothers. Ruby’s wrists are slashed – a sign of her attempt to kill herself and (unsuccessfully) end the curse.
Humpty Dumpty Killer: A newspaper clipping reveals that the Humpty Dumpty killer “strikes again” in 1935. According to director Leigh Janiak in an interview with Collider, the Humpty Dumpty killer was in the original 1994 script. “I had this really interesting backstory… about a guy who killed people and took their body parts and brought new people out like things put together sewing – or putting things back together like Humpty Dumpty. ”However, Janiak wasn’t sure which era to run amok in and decided in the end to leave the killer for another film (yay on future films!).
Pawn of death: A note on Josh’s detective wall says “Farmer of Death – 1890”. We don’t learn more.
Billy Barker: Also known as the creepy mask-wearing kid. Barker knocked his sleeping brother down in bed with a baseball bat in 1922. According to another newspaper clipping, Barker died in unknown circumstances after the murder. Like Ruby Lane, he probably tried (unsuccessfully) to end the curse by killing himself.
The milkman: Harry Rooker was a milkman in the 1950s before becoming one of the Shadyside killers. The milkman raged and killed his customers – all housewives – with a switchblade.
The con artist: In 1904, The Grifter is shown in a brief flashback drowning a girl in a lake. However, a newspaper clipping suggests that The Grifter’s preferred method of murder has something to do with alliteration: “Grifter Guts Girls”.
Camp Nightwing Killer: This is Tommy Slater, whose ax-wielding origins we see in Part 2: 1978. “Group of campers, brutal massacre. There was a survivor from Shadyside, C. Berman,” his newspaper clipping reads.
The devil’s book.
This post-credits scene and future movies
After Sarah killed Sheriff Nick Goode by stabbing him in the eye and the Shadyside killers disappear (along with the gruesome brood of devils under the Shadyside Mall), a news reporter reveals that “information continues to surface that the sheriff of Union County, Nicholas Goode, involve serial killers. “
The reporter goes on to say that the Goode family “claim they knew nothing of Sheriff Goode’s terrible secret”.
We then see a short scene in the credits. The charred book of the devil is stolen by an unknown person under the shopping center, behind which the sheriff does not have a police tape.
This is great news for fans who want more of the Fear Street world, including a look at the backstories of various killers. In an interview with Collider, Janiak confirmed that “we have ideas” about future films.
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