Fear Street Part Three: 1666 is the third part of the trilogy of horror movies based on the books by R. L. Stine that are airing on Netflix, but it also returns to 1994 to finish up the story.
The movie picks up at the ending of Fear Street Part Two:1978, which takes place in 1994 (once you see the movie, you’ll understand), where Deena (Kiana Madeira) tries to reunite the parts of the witch Sarah Fier (Elizabeth Scopel), only to receive a vision that takes her back to 1666 where Fier is first accused of being a witch.
After a party, Sarah and her girlfriend Hannah (Olivia Scott Welch) meet in secret one night, since LGBT was a sign of the devil back then. The following morning Hannah’s pastor father becomes possessed, commits a heinous crime against the village’s children, and the people are convinced a witch is in their midst.
As with the mass hysteria of the Salem witch trials, a jilted man who was rebuffed by Sarah and Hannah at the party is the one who names them as the witches, and that was all it took to turn the entire town against them.
An interesting twist shows who the real devil worshiper is, and sets in motion events that resonate all the way to the events of 1994.
At this point, the story returns to Deena as she snaps out of the vision with knowledge of who the real killer in 1994 is.
Together with younger brother Josh (Benjamin Flores Jr.), a grown Ziggy (Gillian Jacobs), and Martin (Darrell Britt-Gibson) the mall’s stoner janitor, they proceed to MacGyver a trap for the real killer and the resurrected possessed killers we were introduced to in the first two movies.
And it’s all going down at the mall where the trilogy first started!
The 1994 gang create weapons from what they can find and I enjoyed some of the unique ways they dispatched the possessed killers, and the items they crafted to protect themselves (Fear Street books are for more than reading!).
I can’t say much more because the reveal of the real killer is one of the best parts of this movie. I can honestly say that while I found him a bit shady, I didn’t pick him as the killer.
Fear Street Part Three: 1666 is a bit of a slow burn to start as the puzzle pieces fall into place that create the Sarah Fier curse. There are a couple of gory scenes that involve missing body parts, but the 1666 scenes are filmed with desaturated colors, which lessens the impact a bit.
One thing I found interesting is how actors that appeared in the 1994 and 1978 films were also used in 1666, usually as their ancestral counterparts. Some of the Colonial English accents are off, but it’s not too horrible to listen to.
Once the film returns to the events of 1994, it gets a lot more fun…and funny, even. I mean these are mostly kids going up against a demonic possessed big bad. They’re not going to play it as business as usual.
I also love the bright dayglow look of the mall scenes, especially juxtaposed with the almost colorless 1666 photography.
The kills and traps are creative and the actors really sell the final battle, as crazy as it gets. Even if the 1666 part is too slow for your taste, definitely hang in for the 1994 finale.
The coda at the end introduces the girl Josh was talking to on IRC in the first movie, known only as @queenofairanddarkness. She seems unusually knowledgeable about SSD’s – they did exist in 1994, but were not very well known. But it’s almost a throwaway scene, so I’ll let it slide.
I’m giving Fear Street Part Two: 1666 a 4 out of 5 stars. There are end credits that leave the door open for further installments (though I have to question why the evil artifact is just left at the mall next to a police photographic marker instead of being bagged for evidence).
Now that all three installments of the story are out, I look forward to marathoning them to get the full story and see if I missed anything.
[images courtesy of Netflix]
FEAR STREET PART THREE: 1666 (2021)
Director: Leigh Janiak
Cast: Kiana Madeira, Benjamin Flores Jr., Olivia Scott Welch, Gillian Jacobs, Ashley Zukerman, Darrell Britt-Gibson, Elizabeth Scopel, Sadie Sink, Emily Rudd, Ryan Simpkins, McCabe Slye, Jordana Spiro
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