Fear Street Part 3: 1666 (2021) Review and My Thoughts on the Series as A Whole
Directed By: Leigh Janiak
Starring: Kiana Madeira, Ashley Zukerman, Olivia Scott Welch, Gillian Jacobs
Before the neon-soaked mall of Fear Street Part One or the gore-slasher fest of 1978, the third and final part takes us all the way back to 1666. The origins of the witches’ curse and the blite on Shady Side is revealed in this twist and turn filled finale.
The Fear Street Trilogy comes to an end with Fear Street Part 3: 1666 (2021). Like the other two parts this acts as both a prequel and director sequel to Fear Street Part One: 1994. I feel like a lot was riding on Part 3 which needs to provide a rich backstory for the previous installments but, must also wrap the series up in a way that feels satisfying. Historically, the third film in a trilogy is frankly a gamble on quality and this is the baggage that some might come into Fear Street with. With a big sigh of relief, I believe that Part 3 not only sticks the landing but sums up the trilogy in a conversive way. The backstory perfectly functions as a neat bottle film, offering up plenty of spooky-Halloween-season thrills and chills but also opens up the worldbuilding established early on in a meaningful way. As for how the film does in wrapping up its story. Well, that’s difficult to say without veering into spoilers but, I can say that it ends things on a note that is gratifying. I was also impressed how each film has their own style but it very much feels like a part of one singular work.
Having the same writer director and making these back-to-back gives all three films a unified feeling both in terms of narrative and theme. Part three hits home how the fear of the unknown, in this case the central characters (that are lesbian) can lead to dangerously and ugly ends. This over-arcing theme is perfectly set up in Part One and weaved into the series as a whole.
The Fear Street Trilogy not what I would call a perfect film and though I adore all three I can admit they do tend to suffer from some shaggy plotting and each movie could have used a tighter overall narrative focus. However, the film is wonderfully directed and shot, contends a timely theme but is, first and foremost and fun spooky-roller-coaster ride. A fantastic summer-horror-event!
Originally posted on my review at Geek Vibes Nation HERE