Monday, May 16, 2016

Fear Street – Fear Park #2: The Loudest Scream (R.L. Stine)


Dierdre Bradley is at her boyfriend's funeral with Robin Fear. As they talk and walk, Robin has all these vivid fantasies of killing her or taking out her family while trying to keep a smile on his face. She keeps talking about how Paul was such a great guy and nearly faints when she sees him walking across the field. Robin starts freaking out too because he totally killed Paul. It's actually Paul's brother Jared who makes some mean comments before leaving.

Robin catches his reflection in the car window, sees that half his face looks rotten, and makes up and excuse about having a migraine. When he gets home, he does a quick spell to restore his looks and freaks out when he thinks he hears someone entering the house. It's only Meghan, his girlfriend. He thinks back to how he brutally killed all her friends and then made her think he wanted to save the Bradley family. He also thinks about how he cast the spell on her to keep her as a teenager too.

Meghan is still head over heels in love with him, even after decades. She thinks it's super sweet that he gave up his life to protect the Bradley family, not knowing that he would rather kill them all. Meghan points out that he missed a spot on his face and quietly leaves the room. Robin quickly pulls out the spell book to restore his youthful looks again.

Dierdre visits her dad's office to talk with him and sits around feeling sorry for herself. Jared stops by and asks for her help in getting a job. When her dad arrives, Jared asks to take over his brother's old job. Her dad refuses and then tells him that he has absolutely no jobs available. Jared screams at him about how he doesn't care about anyone and takes off. His friends meet him outside, he bitches about Mr. Bradley, and then makes it clear that he'll stop him somehow. Jared picks up a rock, throws it, and hears something cry in pain.

It turns out that he just scared the monkeys. I guess the middle of the Fear Street Woods is the perfect place for a monkey preserve. Gunther, the man in charge of the monkeys, warns them to leave. There's a big fight before the punks storm off. Robin shows up and tells them that he knows how they can get Gunther back. They should come back later that night and make him think they're going to push him into the lion pen, which is totally safe I'm sure.

Jared and the gang do show up that night. They taunt and tease him until someone notices a weird smoke coming up from the lion pen. Since it's purple, it's not a fire, but they don't know what else it could be. They start to run off but see Gunther get a zombie like look on his face. He climbs over the fence and throws himself inside the pen. They run off in fear and run right into a group of security guards who let them go.

Robin and Dierdre are off taking a walk when they come across a bunch of people around the lion pen. Mr. Bradley warns her to leave because he doesn't want her to see what happened. When she sees the meat, she says it's gross but not that big of a deal, which is when he tells her that meat is what is left of Gunther. Dierdre immediately starts crying and asks if these are signs the park shouldn't open. Robin calms her down just as a gunshot rings out.

Her dad had to bring in some guys to put down the lions. He explains that since they got a taste for human flesh, they'll never be the same again and will start attacking people. I don't know if that's true, but it sounds like an old wives tale. Robin once again calms her down and takes her for a walk, but he brings along a hammer. Just as he goes to smack her over the head, she races off to rescue a poor dog.

Jared is back at a friend's house and watching the news. His friends think they got away free and clear, but he worries that they left behind some evidence. He's also worried the Robin will tell on them. They all go back to the park, but when the attendant refuses to let them in without tickets, Jared grabs him by the neck and basically strangles him for doing his job. Security guards show up and throw them out.

Meghan is sitting home alone and thinking about Robin. She feels so bad for him and everything he has to go through to stop the Fear curse that she decides to help him more. Meghan heads to the park and finds him kissing another woman. Furious for all the times he made her stay indoors and for how he ruined her life, she vows to get back at him no matter what.

Jared finds an old green box and comes up with a new way for them to get inside the park. Robin then sees the four guys sneaking in through the house of mirrors. What, is the house of mirrors right next to the entrance or something? How can they get inside when they couldn't even get through the front gate? Anyway, they set off a bunch of firecrackers, and Robin figures out how to make their little prank a lot more deadly.

Robin uses his magic to make those firecrackers become bombs that explode all around the hall of mirrors. Limbs start flying off, a body drops down without a head, and people go berserk. Dierdre is so shocked that she can't move, but her dad convinces her to go home and rest. Like sleep will make it all better. Robin then rushes over and tells Mr. Bradley that he saw who did it and can describe them to the cops.

Dierdre goes home and finds an envelop for her on the front porch. Inside is a clipping from the 1935 disaster that shows the kids who died. Right in that picture is Robin himself.

Jared keeps flipping out, especially when one of the group doesn't show up. They hear on the news that someone identified the bombers and that park workers are trying to get the place cleaned up. He becomes obsessed with the idea of getting to Robin as soon as possible. Jared assumes that because the other man saw them that night that he knows they didn't set off bombs.

Meanwhile, Robin gets home and finds Meghan waiting for him with a knife. She attacks him and stabs him multiple times in the chest, but he just points out that he's immortal and can't die, which means she can't die either. Meghan says she saw him with another woman. He tells her that the woman is a member of the Bradley family and that he had to get close to her. Robin throws himself into being the perfect worker and assumes that Bradley will close down the park any day now. Dierdre shows up with the newspaper clipping, but she feels a lot better when he tells her that it's just his grandfather and that people always thought they looked similar.

While walking through the park, someone grabs him from behind. Before he can freak out too much, he turns around and see that it's Jared. Jared and his friends beg him for help. He agrees but then locks them in a storage shed. When he returns, he lies and says the cops wouldn't listen to him and that they believe the guys are bombers. He somehow convinces them that they should show they mean business and take Dierdre hostage.

Robin then gets her alone, which is actually pretty easy. She got a call earlier in the night from someone warning her to stay away from Robin Fear. She's so freaked out that she agrees to follow him into a random equipment shed. Jared and his friends jump out, knock Robin over the head, and then knock her out too. When she comes to, she finds Robin barely conscious. Though she attempts to get to a window to escape, Jared stops her just in time.

Suddenly, there's a dark purple smoke in the room. It takes over everything, and all she hears are the sounds of people screaming. Just as she thinks the smoke will kill them too, it suddenly disappears. All that's left in the room are body parts like someone's arm and Jared's eyeball. Dierdre starts crying about how her dad has to shut down the park now. Robin comforts her as he tells her that he'll always be there to help her and will do whatever it takes to get her dad to close the park.

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