As 90’s kids, R.L. Stine is a name we are well-acquainted with, mostly through his children’s spooky book series Goosebumps, but also peripherally through his older teen series the Fear Street books.
Netflix had been releasing each installment of the Fear Street trilogy over the past few weeks. Rather than starting from the beginning as one would expect, these films pull the viewer deeper into the story by dragging them backwards in time, starting in the 90’s, then going back to the 70’s, and then all the way back to the 17th century as we gradually sink deeper and deeper into the town of Shadyside’s dark and bloody history. Also, Stranger Things fans will be excited to see a couple familiar faces throughout the trilogy.
Fear Street Part One: 1994 introduces us to the cursed town of Shadyside, and the strange murders that have plagued the area for centuries. As the first installment, 1994 sets the pace and gives us a taste of just what to expect from this trilogy. It’s a fun watch, and we both agreed that we were pleasantly surprised at times just how far it was willing to take the horror/violence since we weren’t sure how much they would be willing to push the envelope in these movies since they’re based off a teen book series.
Fear Street Part Two: 1978 sends us on a flashback to learn more about the past of the curse and killings. It is another fun homage to the slasher genre, taking place at Camp Nightwing, a camp that is sure to give you Friday the 13th vibes. It does a good job giving us some answers, but also piling on even more questions about the past before we head into the third and final installment of the series.
Fear Street Part Three: 1666 takes us wayyyyy back to the town’s roots and the mass hysteria and persecution that started this whole mess, all before catapulting us back into the “current” time frame of 1994 for the final showdown. This is the darkest installment, with each part of the trilogy building up to this boiling point.
All in all, this was a fun event that Netflix did, slowly unfolding the story week by week. It was very enjoyable to see this trilogy doing its own thing, all while giving many clever nods to the horror movies that came before it. Definitely worth checking out in our opinion if you want a fun popcorn horror series to binge late at night.
(Sorry, but we couldn’t resist. Those of you who get the reference, good on you!) 😛