Nightwing Killer is one of the main killers in the Fear Street trilogy, and this is how Sarah Fier cursed him into becoming a killer.
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Fear Street Part 2: 1978, which is now streaming on Netflix.
Fear Street Part 1: 1994 set the precedent that Shadyside has a history filled with monstrous killers. They were all normal people who were possessed by a witch on her quest for revenge against the city. Fear Street Part 2: 1978 continues the story by going back in time and showing exactly what happened to one of the killers shown in Part 1. Most things were normal at Camp Nightwing until Tommy became an assassin.
Before the great Color War, where campers from Shadyside and Sunnyvale split up and compete in a night of activities and games, strange things start to happen. Cindy and Tommy, the perfect and responsible couple, are doing all the work, while most of the other counselors skip their assignments. But while the two are cleaning the dining room, Tommy is attacked by the camp nurse.
Nurse Mary Lane, the mother of the late murderer Ruby Lane, comes out of nowhere with a kitchen knife. She says, “I’m sorry, but I can’t save you. I saw your name. I saw it on the wall. One way or another you’re going to die tonight, ”and he goes after Tommy. A fight ensues and the nurse is knocked unconscious as she and Tommy fight on the floor. Tommy hits his head on a bench, is still visibly shaken, and then begins to hear voices. Everyone thinks Nurse Lane broke for some reason, but many of the campers scoff that the witch made her do it.
Later, Tommy and Cindy go looking for a reason why Nurse Lane might have broken into the infirmary, and they find Mary’s diary. It has the Mark of the Witch and a map of the camp with markings and references to the witch. While investigating, they are caught by two more advisers, Alice and Arnie, who decide that it is a good idea to go investigate the place marked as the witch’s house.
When they find the place, the four teenagers enter the basement of the house and find much more than they bargained for. They see the Mark of the Witch carved in stone and a freshly lit candle. As they begin to investigate, the group is separated into different rooms. That’s when Alice shows Cindy a list of names carved into a stone wall; the last entry is Thomas Slater. Cindy and Alice go looking for their boyfriends, trusting that someone is playing a prank on them, but they are sorely mistaken. They enter just in time to see Tommy driving an ax into the center of Arnie’s forehead. Arnie, however, is just the first in a night full of gruesome and bloody murders.
Unlike Sam in Part 1 of the Street of fear trilogy, Tommy’s possession was not a case of the witch needing to track down a particular target. This was Sarah Fier coming to get revenge on Shadyside as she does periodically. His targets seem random, but they are always good, normal people, turning into killer psychopaths, ready to kill at his command. Tommy would have turned around even if Nurse Lane hadn’t attacked him. He never got the chance because his name was already etched on the Witch’s Wall, cursed to become the assassin of Camp Nightwing.
Directed and co-written by Leigh Janiak, the Fear Street trilogy stars Sadie Sink, Kiana Madeira, Olivia Welch, Benjamin Flores Jr., Darrell Britt-Gibson, Ashley Zukerman, Fred Hechinger, Julia Rehwald, Jeremy Ford, and Gillian Jacobs. Part One: 1994 and Part Two: 1978 are now available on Netflix. Part Three: 1666 will be released on July 16.
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