Review: ‘Fear Street Part three or more: 1666’ pulls off a magic trick: It’s the most of the trilogy


Consider the sequel curse damaged: “Fear Street Part 3 or more: 1666″ satisfyingly wraps upward Netflix’s 3rd there’s r. L. Stine movie three set with deepened themes, more fully understood characters and enjoyable twists that lend dimension to the arching story.

Whereas the first 2 “Fear Street” movies paid tribute to horror films from the eras in which these were set, “1666″ is its own animal. Perhaps it contains echoes of “ The Village ” or “The Crucible, ” however it doesn’t feel constrained simply by those parameters. Also, maybe being forced to write outside of contemporary idioms reduced the third installment’s use of clichéd and clunky dialogue. There are fewer jump scares as well, series movie director and co-writer Leigh Janiak relying more on the creepiness of the setting and our own involvement in the story within parts 1 or 2. Because this was designed as a trilogy rather than a slasher film and its thrown-together sequels, the, um, stakes are usually considerably higher in Part 3 or more.

“1666″ covers from the end of “ Part 2: 1978 , ” when collection lead Deena (Kiana Madeira) thought she was finishing the Shadyside Witch’s problem but instead found herself in some way transported to the Witch’s/Sarah Fier’s time, seeing the world all the way through her eyes and living in her body. At last, all of us learn the truth behind the particular Witch’s legend and the occasions leading to her death, however, not in quickie-flashback treatment. Rather, the bulk of the film is set then , exploring the characters, their own motivations and their globe.

Do not worry, there’s still wicked magic and blood in the future.


“1666″ being fixed hundreds of years before the other two movies, we don’t view younger versions of the roles we’ve come to know. Rather, we see the actors from those previous films (especially “ Part one: 1994 ”) playing denizens at the time of the town’s founding, lending some instant context for characters and relationships.

Until the big set-piece climaxing, “1666″ also has the lowest on-screen body count of the trilogy. Tension instead comes from the deadly event toward which usually we know Sarah Fier is inexorably being dragged, using Deena trapped in her circumstance.

Part 3 also represents the trilogy’s clearest expressions of its feminist and class-struggle themes. Toxic masculinity, homophobia plus mob rule all play their poisonous parts within “1666, ” tying all of three films together plus providing them with greater dimension.

Madeira delivers her best overall performance in the series as the girl labors desperately to escape Sarah’s fate and save her love from the same. Along with very limited screen time, the particular “real” Sarah, Elizabeth Scopel, effectively conveys the extreme emotions of her predicament. Janiak posts her most assured directorial effort, and he or she and her co-writers turn in a script that each involves us in the 17th century setting and the gonzo fun of the slam-bang finish.

It’s uncommon that a sequel outperforms the original work artistically, and scarcer still that a third film is the best of a trilogy; “Fear Street Part 3: 1666″ pulls off that miraculous trick. It should make followers glad they hung around.

‘Fear Street Part three or more: 1666’

Rated: R, for with regard to strong violence and gore, language, some sexuality and brief drug use

Running period: 1 hour, 52 minutes

Playing: Accessible July 16 on Netflix