In 1666, a colonial town is gripped by a hysterical witch-hunt that has deadly consequences for centuries to come, and it's up to teenagers in 1994 to finally put an end to their town's curse, before it's too late.
ActorsStarring: Kiana Madeira, Olivia Scott Welch, Benjamin Flores Jr., Ashley Zukerman, Gillian Jacobs, Darrell Britt-Gibson, McCabe Slye, Emily Rudd, Sadie Sink, Fred Hechinger, Julia Rehwald, Jeremy Ford, Randy Havens, Michael Chandler, Jordana Spiro, Matthew Zuk, Elizabeth Scopel, Lacy Camp, Todd Allen Durkin, Ted Sutherland, Charlene Amoia, Mark Ashworth, Jordyn DiNatale, Keil Oakley Zepernick, Emily Brobst, Kevin Waterman, Lloyd Pitts, Daniel Thomas May, Maya Hawke
Man, what a fun trilogy. For all the horror movies I watch, it’s rare to find one (or three, in this case) I genuinely consider good. It’s equally rare to have sequels leading so directly into each other and nice when it happens. Just the fact that this is good isn’t too surprising since it’s based on the works of R.L. Stine. Now, I never actually read the Fear Street books but I was very much a Goosebumps kid and this story definitely feels like Goosebumps aimed at an older audience.
There’s a lot of vibes to classic slasher films here too. The direct sequel thing is pretty akin to Friday the 13th II-IV, as is the campground setting of the 2nd movie. A lot of the humor and the whole slasher vibe in general, particularly in the 1st film, is very reminiscent of Scream. They even poke fun at the situation they’re in not working like a horror movie at one point.
Part III here is kind of an odd duck because it’s basically two movies. The first half is in the titular 1666 and shows us how all this curse nonsense got started. Then it jumps back to 1994 so the modern day characters can finish doing their thing. But what really stuck out was that through it all, across three films, it stays good. The first movie sets the bar and by the end of the third, we’re still there.
As Jack Black portraying R.L. Stine said in the Goosebumps movie, “Every story contains three parts: the beginning, the middle, and the twist.” That pretty accurately describes a lot of the actual R.L. Stine’s work and it extends to this adaptation. A fantastic trilogy I can’t recommend enough for horror fans or people just looking to watch something good and spooky. Man, I really hope we can get some more of Stine’s work adapted now.