Fear Street, Part Two: 1978 was not filmed in the same camp as shown in Friday the 13th part VI and last but not least. This month Netflix debuted their all-new fear street film trilogy based on the book series of the same name by R.L. stine. The second part, Fear Street Part Two: 1978, is about a group of teenagers at summer camp who come together to survive a murder spree.
Given the setting of the summer camp, the horror film seems to be a tribute to Friday the 13th and similar slasher movies from the 70s and 80s. Since then, there have been rumors that the connections went so far as to share a filming location with a Friday the 13th movie. Earlier this week, the Netflix Movie account on Twitter posted a behind-the-scenes “fact” about the second fear street. According to the streamer Fear Street, Part Two: 1978 was shot in the same summer camp as in Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives.
As exciting as this connection may seem, it’s unfortunately not entirely accurate. horror documentary Sean Clark (Horror’s Hallowed Grounds), who is known for visiting the actual filming locations featured in various horror movies, took to YouTube to debunk the now viral rumor after it was picked up by several publications. In the video, Clark theorizes that someone on the Netflix team must have misinterpreted a fan-made rumor as fact, since the two movies weren’t filmed in the same location.
It was easy for Clark to spot the problem with Netflix’s claim, as the real shooting locations of both films are still fresh in his mind. The Friday the 13th sequel Jason is alive was shot at Camp Daniel Morgan in Hard Labor Creek State Park in Rutledge, Georgia. Clark was there recently filming the locations for his Horror’s Sacred Grounds series for a Friday the 13ththemed episode will be released on August 13. The 80’s Comedy Little darlings was also largely filmed in the same camp, and Clark used some of the footage for a Hollywood’s Sacred Grounds video about that movie too.
Those two movies may have shared a filming location, but where does the one come from? fear street situation come into view? As Clark says in his debunking video, parts of Little darlings were filmed at Camp Rutledge, a neighboring camp about 20-25 minutes away, and this was true Fear Street, Part Two: 1978 was mostly filmed. In other words, the second fear street has much more in common with Little darlings than Jason is alive regarding shooting location sharing.
In the interest of thoroughness, Clark was able to find a short excerpt shown in Fear Street, Part Two: 1978 that actually appears to be from Camp Daniel Morgan. A quick shot shows a teenage boy jumping off the deck into the creek, and this appears to be the only link between the fear street continued and Jason is alive. Technically, that means there could be a second or two worth of footage from the Jason is alive camp shown in the film, although Clark feels the Netflix tweet is misleading as it suggests that fear street‘s Camp Nightwing en Jason is aliveCamp Forest Green is the same campground.
“Is [the dock shot] enough to make a whole story out of it and say the movie was shot in the camp of Friday the 13th part VI? No,” Clark explains, using Google Earth images to show how far apart the two camps are.
Clark added, “As a huge film location geek, I had to get the right information for the people because if you’re a fan of this movie and you went all the way to Camp Daniel Morgan looking for Camp Nightwing, you’d be very disappointed.” “It’s at Camp Rutledge. So I hope this helps someone.”
The good news is that you can still visit both filming locations with a fairly short drive separating them. It’s just better for fans to know what they’re looking for, and when it comes to filming location accuracy, there’s no greater expert than Sean Clark. You can track his visits to different filming locations for different movies by visiting Malfuncsean on YouTube.
Topics: Fear Street, Netflix, Horrors Hallowed Grounds