Sommerleigh Pollonais, Horror Head Writer
Warning: Spoilers ahead
Plot: In 1666, a colonial town is gripped by a witch hunt that has deadly consequences for centuries to come. Fast forward to 1994 and a group of teenagers try to put an end to their town’s curse before it is too late.
Review: One of the more fun horror trilogies I’ve seen (and the quickest to be released in succession) Fear Street, based on the novels of R.L. Stine, the same person who gave us the Goosebumps novels, wrapped up its story last week on Netflix with the third and final installment, 1666.
A quick look back at where we started our journey—In 1994 a group of teenagers from a town called Shadyside find themselves targeted by a curse that periodically causes someone in their town, initially an ordinary law-abiding citizen, to become a ruthless killer who stalks and brutally murders innocents before they themselves are killed. After fighting for their lives the teenagers (the ones that survive, that is) discover the same thing happened before in 1978 and team up with then final girl Ziggy (Gillian Jacobs from Community) to figure out the origin of the curse. And said curse is believed to have started when a witch named Sara Fier was hanged in, you guessed it, 1666, which brings us to Part Three or, full name, Fear Street Part Three: 1666.
I’ll start off by stating I plan on rewatching all of these to really get a sense of which one stands a bit taller than the rest, but as a whole Fear Street was a horrific delight. At their core, each movie sits squarely in the slasher sub-genre, but what they’ve done here is added elements based on the year the story takes place. 1994 took a page from films like Scream, 1978 was an homage of sorts to Friday the 13th, and now we’re pulled into the world of black magic, witches and small town paranoia with 1666.The same actors from 1994 are utilised in 1666 and I think, for the most part, these young unknowns did solid work of convincing audiences they weren’t the same persons. Special shout out to actress Kiana Madeira who plays both Sara Fier and Deena. Sure she struggles with Sarah’s accent (all of the actors for 1666 do, with some of them not even attempting it) but her earnest performance more than makes up for it.
The blood and gore found in the last two films is a bit tampered down here but that’s not to say we don’t get some cringeworthy moments, such as discovering how Sarah lost her hand. That scene was a cold bucket of water in the face of viewers. And as the story progressed and we got pulled back into the present day (which in this case is 1994. Keep up people!) they kept the energy levels cranked up as we move into the tail end of the story.
While I did find the finale satisfying and the overall experience very entertaining, there was some stuff here that dropped the ball for me. Unlike the other two films that felt like they were keeping a tight rein on the plot there were moments here that left giant holes in their wake and had me throwing my hands up in frustration. For instance, Deena’s girlfriend Sam was woefully underutilised and spent most of her time tied to some post or another. I was looking forward to some Evil Dead shenanigans but what I got was someone who acted like they had a bad hit of acid rather than being possessed.
Then there was the final showdown between the Goode sheriff (see what I did there) and Deena. They needed to put some more heat on that after the thrilling chase/showdown we got between Solomon Goode (ancestor of said sheriff) and Sara Fier. But the stupidest, laziest, dumbest moment came from our heroines leaving the book behind. The book that was used to create the curse in the first place. The book that started it all…and you just LEAVE IT ON THE FLOOR FOR ANYONE TO PICKUP! For that alone I deducted points off of this movie. And while I know it was a way for them to leave the door open to future visits to Shadyside, I still hated it. I want horror that makes me grin like an evil scientist, not roll my eyes and frown like a living meme.
Conclusion and Score: Fear Street Part Three: 1666 stumbles here and there, but combined with what came before, and as a finale to a trilogy with a truly impressive blend of fright and fun, I still enjoyed it. My absolute favourite of the bunch is still 1978 (What can I say? I’m a fan of the classics) but with impressive performances, catchy score, fantastic blend of both computer generated and practical effects, and a story that felt both original and wonderfully familiar, I give:
Fear Street Trilogy: 8 out of 10; and
Fear Street 1666: A solid 6.5 out of 10
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Sommerleigh of the House Pollonais. First of Her Name. Sushi Lover, Queen of Horror Movies, Comic Books and Binge Watching Netflix. Mother of two beautiful black cats named Vader and Kylo. I think eating Popcorn at the movies should be mandatory, PS4 makes the best games ever, and I’ll be talking about movies until the zombie apocalypse comes.
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