Friday, July 16, 2021

Fear Street Part Three 1666 Review: The Surprising Conclusion To The Fear Street Trilogy

Kiana Madeira	...	Sarah Fier / Deena Elizabeth Scopel	Elizabeth Scopel	...	'Real' Sarah Fier Benjamin Flores Jr.	Benjamin Flores Jr.	...	Henry / Josh Randy Havens	Randy Havens	...	George Fier Julia Rehwald	Julia Rehwald	...	Lizzie / Kate Matthew Zuk	Matthew Zuk	...	Elijah Goode / Mayor Will Goode Fred Hechinger	Fred Hechinger	...	Isaac / Simon Michael Chandler	Michael Chandler	...	'The Pastor' Cyrus Miller Sadie Sink	Sadie Sink	...	Constance / Ziggy Berman Emily Rudd	Emily Rudd	...	Abigail / Cindy Berman Olivia Scott Welch	Olivia Scott Welch	...	Hannah Miller / Samantha Fraser Lacy Camp	Lacy Camp	...	Grace Miller / Mrs. Fraser McCabe Slye	McCabe Slye	...	Mad Thomas / Tommy Slater Ashley Zukerman	Ashley Zukerman	...	Solomon Goode / Nick Goode Jordana Spiro	Jordana Spiro	...	The Widow / Mrs. Lane Jeremy Ford	Jeremy Ford	...	Caleb / Peter Patrick Roper	Patrick Roper	...	Union Townsman 1 Robert Bryan Davis	Robert Bryan Davis	...	Union Townsman 2 Lynne Ashe	Lynne Ashe	...	Union Townswoman

Release date: July 16, 2021
Running time: 109 minutes
Writers: R.L. Stine (based upon the Fear Street books by), Kyle Killen (story by), Phil Graziadei (story by)
Directed By: Leigh Janiak
Sadie Sink, Emily Rudd, Ryan Simpkins, McCabe Slye, Gillian Jacobs, Chiara Aurelia, Marcelle LeBlanc, Ted Sutherland

In 1994, a group of teenagers discover the terrifying events that have haunted their town for generations may all be connected — and they may be the next targets. Based on R.L. Stine’s best-selling horror series, Fear Street follows Shadyside’s sinister history through a nightmare 300 years in the making. 

Charlene Amoia	...	Beth Kimball / Rachel Thompson Mark Ashworth	Mark Ashworth	...	Jakob Berman Todd Allen Durkin	Todd Allen Durkin	...	The Watchman / Officer Kapinski Ryan Simpkins	Ryan Simpkins	...	Alice Noah Garrett	Noah Garrett	...	Skull Mask Keil Oakley Zepernick	Keil Oakley Zepernick	...	'Shame Killer' Isaac Milton Emily Brobst	Emily Brobst	...	Billy Barker Kevin Waterman	Kevin Waterman	...	'The Milkman' Harry Rooker Jordyn DiNatale	Jordyn DiNatale	...	Ruby Lane Ted Sutherland	Ted Sutherland	...	Young Nick Goode Lloyd Pitts	Lloyd Pitts	...	Nightwing Killer Gillian Jacobs	Gillian Jacobs	...	Adult Ziggy / C. Berman Darrell Britt-Gibson	Darrell Britt-Gibson	...	Martin Daniel Thomas May	Daniel Thomas May	...	Officer Kuzio Meghan Packer	Meghan Packer	...	TV Anchor Nilah Blasingame	Nilah Blasingame	...	Highschool Kid Rachel Doman	Rachel Doman	...	Queen of Air and Darkness Girl
Fear Street Part Three 1666 is the conclusion to the Fear Street trilogy, which is a three week summer event on Netflix.  This one takes place in 1666, in a puritan-like town that is gripped with religious fear.  The film uses many of the same actors we have met in the first two Fear Street installments to tell the origin of the Shadyside witch and the series of killers who have been unleashed on the town.  It is an interesting tactic, and one that is both fun and distracting at the same time.  It is nice to see these characters in different roles but it can be distracting when these later characters have different personalities than who we met before.  As with Fear Street part Two 1978, the story in this film takes place partly in the past and partly in the "present" of 1994.  But this film has a lot more tense horror than the previous entries.  The religious aspects make this a dark film, and the unease when people begin to suspect an evil influence is very well done.  

But although Part Three 1666 does the admirable job of tying the stories together is the weakest of the three.  One problem is that a large portion of the movie takes place in 1666, which means that all the wonderful style that were hallmarks of the first movies is lost in this one.  The palette is drab and the music is nonexistent.  I don't blame the team for this as that is kind of what you get when you have to go back in time, but I do wish we spent less time in the past in this film and pushed on to the present.  Thankfully, once the film switches to the "present", all those aspects come roaring back.  And despite the ending of the film being an interesting way to wrap the story up, it does leave some questions that are unanswered.  And there are several seemingly random events at the end that just seem strange or off; I'm not sure if it was the filmmaker trying to be clever or if it was something in the original source material that I missed but some of these strange aspects just stuck out.  And finally, there is some pretty poor CG in this one.  We had seen instances like this before but it is just more prevalent in the third film than it has been in the past two. 

But if you've made it this far you are probably going to watch Fear Street Part Three 1666.  And just because it is the weakest film in this series doesn't mean it is bad.  It just doesn't live up to the extremely high bar set from the first film, and the still high bar in the second.  

Fear Street Part Three 1666 concludes the trilogy's story with shock revelations, a good sense of dread, and a neon-laced epic final showdown.

Rent it.

Kori Adelson	...	producer (produced by) (p.g.a.) Timothy M. Bourne	...	executive producer Peter Chernin	...	producer (produced by) (p.g.a.) Leigh Janiak	...	executive producer David Ready	...	producer (produced by) (p.g.a.) Jenno Topping	...	producer (produced by) (p.g.a.) Doug Torres	...	co-producer

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Fear Street Part Three 1666 is available on Netflix on July 16, 2021.

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