The Fear Street trilogy — Netflix's ambitious three-horror-movies-in-three-weeks streaming experiment — comes to a satisfying conclusion with Fear Street Part Three: 1666, which brings the tale of the cursed town of Shadyside, Ohio, full circle.
If the tale's first two 1994- and 1978-set chapters took their cues from Scream and "Friday the 13th, respectively, 1666 borrows from The Witch, or other period tales of the threat of witchcraft and the resulting panic of townspeople.
It also brings back the series' strongest thread, the love story between Kiana Madeira and Olivia Scott Welch's characters, which leads to the revelation of the source of the town's curse.
It's 1666, and the casts from the previous two films are back playing ancestral versions of their characters. Madeira is Sarah Fier, who would come to haunt Shadyside for generations, and Welch is Hannah Miller. Their secret affair is exposed and inspires a good old-fashioned witch hunt, proving fear and intolerance are as old as the hills.
1666 loosely adheres to its time period — the characters speak with slight accents but skip the "thous" and "arts" that were representative of the era — and director Leigh Janiak resists the urge to drop the needle on some bangin' soundtrack fare, which powered the first two chapters.
The timing and pacing of the action back 1666 into a corner — if things seem like they're ramping up to end well before the run time expires, it's because they are — which the film wiggles out of with an innovative narrative twist too good to spoil here.
The Fear Street films — they're based on a series of books by Goosebumps author R. L. Stine — will be remembered for their rollout, a first of their kind for a streaming property. But there's plenty to admire in this fun, bloody, cheeky and self-aware series beyond their release strategy. Fear Street is a gory good time. – The Detroit News/Tribune News Service
A gory good time in the 17th century