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Thursday, July 22, 2021

Review: Fear Street: 1666

Director: Leigh Janiak 

Screenplay: Phil Graziadei, Leigh Janiak, and Kate Trefry

Year: 2021

The origin of the curse that surrounds the people of Shadyside is about to be revealed. Sarah Fier is the epicenter of this curse, and we see the story of how it all started from her eyes. The trilogy story comes full circle, which will affect the lives of current residents of Shadyside.

The plot of “Fear Street: 1666”, which is the last film in the Netflix trilogy, takes us back in time to the time of the pilgrims before Shadyside existed. We see the story primarily through the eyes of Sarah Fier, the witch who has been held responsible for the curse affecting Shadyside. 

For this last chapter in the trilogy, we have several actors from the first two films playing different roles. For example, we return to see Julia Rehwald, who suffered one of the most horrifying deaths of the trilogy, playing one of Sarah's friends, the latter played by Kiana Madeira ("Level 16"), who also plays Deena, the protagonist of the first part. The killers we've seen through the series reappear in what appears to be an all-star rendezvous and that appears to be Netflix's way of testing the audience for a possible expansion of the series with some of these characters as the center of attention. 

Based in 1666, this third installment is set to some extent like a folk horror movie and borrows elements of the genre. The costumes and settings evoke the style of those times, and an effort is even made to use the manner of speaking characteristic of the time, although far from the magnificent work that is presented in "The Witch". 

After exploring the story of Sarah Fier, a love story that contrasts homosexuality in those times with much more recent times such as the 1990s, the script by Phil Graziadei, Leigh Janiak, and Kate Trefry seeks to tie together the stories of the three movies. Along the way, they offer us an unexpected twist that is the icing on the cake of what has been an outstanding trilogy that has improved with each chapter. The way it closes the story is satisfactory since it does not leave loose ends in the main story, but it leaves enough material to continue expanding the series, something that many of us would welcome if the same quality of this trilogy is maintained.

It's a shame that this Fear Street trilogy got off to such a weak start with “Fear Street: 1994” because the second and third parts have been great. It seems as if the production team has learned from the mistakes of the first part and quickly fixes them in the following. While "Fear Street: 1978" is a great improvement over its predecessor, "Fear Street: 1666" is the ideal closing and goes out with a bang, putting itself up to be considered one of the best series of horror films for young people in recent times.

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