10/22/21 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #22 – Fear Street Trilogy – 1994/1978/1666.

Here’s a three-fer of movies that should appease anyone planning a deep horror dive for the weekend. I applaud Netflix for treating this as a trilogy of films instead of a series, releasing one movie every week for three straight weeks. It made for a type of horror “event”, and was a fun few weeks where everyone in the horror crowd was chatting about them, kind of like our own version of a water cooler show. Here are the brief imdb synopsis’ for all three:

PART I: 1994 – A circle of teenage friends accidentally encounter the ancient evil responsible for a series of brutal murders that have plagued their town for over 300 years. Welcome to Shadyside.

PART II: 1978 – Shadyside, 1978. School’s out for summer and the activities at Camp Nightwing are about to begin. But when another Shadysider is possessed with the urge to kill, the fun in the sun becomes a gruesome fight for survival.

PART III: 1666 – The origins of Sarah Fier’s curse are finally revealed as history comes full circle on a night that changes the lives of Shadysiders forever.

Since there are three movies, each taking place in a different time period, and each utilizing a different horror sub-genre, there is a lot of debate about which ones “work” and which ones don’t. When you talk with someone about them, it’s impossible to not find yourself ranking the order which you think they rate. Part I is very much a 90’s Scream homage (right down to the almost exact opening). Part II is a throwback to a barebones 70’s slasher film. And Part III is kind of a folk horror, more like The Witch. Did every bit of them work? Of course not. But are all three enjoyable and work together as quite an entertaining journey? Ya damn right. I had a ton of fun with these movies. They’re based on the R.L. Stein book series, but they’re definitely made for an older audience. They’re very progressive and feel “of the time” right now, which I loved. Using the same characters across the different time periods was such a fun trick, and honestly it was a gimmick that just flat out worked for me. They didn’t reinvent the wheel, but honestly I thought they were a blast. Kudos to Netflix for doing something a bit outside of the box with this one. Enjoy all three of them.

Where to Watch: Exclusively on Netflix

Food/Drink Pairing: Eggs three ways – Sunny Side Up, Scrambled, and Hard Boiled

One thought on “10/22/21 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #22 – Fear Street Trilogy – 1994/1978/1666.

  1. I started reading RL Stine books when I was very young because the typical reading material I was getting just didn’t do it for me. I liked suspense and horror right out the gate. I looked forward to these movies and for me, they didn’t disappoint. Sure, they weren’t perfect but they were a lot of fun!

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