Fear Street Part Three: 1666

Having already smashed through parts one and two of Fear Street, I find myself about to comment on the third and concluding chapter. Did it live up to expectations or did it poop the bed? Let’s dive in.

As we knew at the end of Fear Street Part Two: 1978, this installment would see us hundreds of years in the past, with roles taken on by actors we’d already met in the 1994 and 1978 films. In theory this was a good idea as we get to spend more time with the actors, however, because we’re in a ‘New World’ setting, they all reach for historical accents which seem to land somewhere between Irish and Canadian and never quite come off properly. It’s not as jarring as you might think… but it’s there.

As the setting is also hundreds of years ago, there’s less familiarity with the world our characters have been in during the previous two films. It’s not the shopping mall of 1994 or the summer camp of 1978, so with Scream and Friday the 13th homages unavailable, what is the story trying to do? Bravely it seems to mostly head out into its own territory, although I’d be lying if I didn’t say The Crucible didn’t come into my head once or twice, even if it’s been about 30 years since I studied it at school. That said, I don’t recall The Crucible being about about lesbians, getting high on psychedelic berries, or kids who just want to dance and be kids (yes, that’s a thing at one point, like some sort of Puritan Footloose).

One major rug pull comes about an hour or so in when the 1666 storyline… ends. I think this was a great call as the setting and the storyline would have started to labour if it was kept going any longer. Before that rug pull, however, is a big reveal of how the Shadyside witch, Sarah Fier, came to be… and things aren’t what they seem to be there, either. Nicely played, writers. I really enjoyed that twist.

So we rocket back into the events of 1994 with a lot of new knowledge in Deena’s head (as she’s been experiencing the 1666 storyline), and a plan is made on how to end the evil in Shadyside – which now isn’t Sarah Fier – once and for all. This pulls together the remaining cast members still alive in that time period and a big showdown at the local mall. I won’t go into details, but there’s some really clever stuff here – using 1990s toys – to stop the seemingly unstoppable forces of evil, for good.

The film ends with a new character appearing (well, I assume she’s new; I don’t recall her in the first film?!), who signs Josh’s plaster cast with @queenofairanddarkness and tells him to find her online – apparently the director has forgotten how hard that would be in 1994 – before some banging Pixies music starts on the soundtrack. The closing credits are intercut with shots underneath the mall, in some caverns, where one particular spell book lies waiting. Yes, folks, this has been set-up for a sequel, perhaps another trilogy, or even a series, but I haven’t heard anything about it… yet. Stay tuned.

I’m presuming Netflix would be waiting to see what the reaction was to the first three films before doing too much. From what I can see online, however, I think they’d be pretty damn happy. This has been a series where the storyline has held together; has had some really great performances from the leads; features a fantastic soundtrack (if overused at times; see my earlier reviews); and which delivered some good laughs as well as some brutal killings. It was quite entertaining for the genre.

(EDIT: I’m reliably told that the @queenofairanddarkness character was who Josh was talking to on IRC during the first film. So that’s a nice tie-in, and even with a minute or so of screen time, I think she looks like a really interesting character to take into a new trilogy or series. Bring it on, Netflix…!)

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