The particular not-so-secret message of Netflix’s ‘Fear Street’ trilogy: End the witch hunt for kooky women


Warning: This article includes spoilers for the entirety of Netflix’s “Fear Street” trilogy.

While traditional slasher movies usually introduce clear-cut villains curved on destruction, there is a lot more than meets the eye when it comes to Netflix’s unconventional “Fear Street” trilogy.

Each movie serves as a puzzle piece to reveal the truth of the Shadyside curse as well as the great the legendary witch Debbie Fier. “Fear Street: 1994, ” “Fear Road: 1978, ” and “Fear Street: 1666” — each directed by Leigh Janiak and featuring Kiana Madeira and Olivia Scott Welch in the particular recurring roles of Deena and Sam — follow teens trying to break a generational curse, but the root causes are not as obvious as they may seem.

While an unnatural force turns regular people in to killers, the stronger factors haunting the town are bigotry and misogyny.


When the story comes full group — from a snapshot of queer teen love in 1994 to another in 1666 — one thing becomes obvious: the scariest thing for your people of Shadyside will be change. And the haunting tale goes beyond deciphering the particular town’s curse, dispelling the idea that being a queer woman is definitely something to be villainized.

“The idea that we’re able to tell a story over 3 different time periods provided this particular cool opportunity to show errors in the past and how those mistakes may be righted ultimately, ” Janiak said in an job interview last week. “That was one of the first things that appealed to me. ”

Kiana Madeira plays Sarah Fier and Olivia Scott Welch plays Hannah Miller in 'Fear Street: 1666.'

Kiana Madeira plays Sarah Fier plus Olivia Scott Welch performs Hannah Miller in “Fear Street: 1666. ”


A fan of classic slasher movies and the “Fear Street” trilogy’s namesake R. L. Stine young adult books, Janiak wanted to pay homage to genre touchstones like “Scream, ” “Friday the particular 13th, ” “Halloween, ” “It” and others.

But she also desired to bring something new to the style by “building this narrative around a community of personas that have been marginalized and already been told that they are other or less than by the society which they live in, ” Janiak mentioned. “To be able to build it around two queer young women who are still figuring items out in ‘1994′ plus… drawn together in a way that probably their ancestors were in ‘1666′ seemed very interesting. ”

Producer Kori Adelson grew up reading through Stine‘s books, and wanted to honor them while furthermore adding something unique to the trilogy. She saw the opportunity for “a brand new entire world of horror” through Janiak’s idea to create a “quantum soar effect” and tell the stories across time.


Their joint vision wasn’t just about doing something different, it was about exploring the intersections between history and horror.

“The concept [was] telling a story that mirrored the storyplot of America to us, in the sense that it’s about a community that has been sidelined, ” Adelson said. “And they realize that they’ve been told all their lives that they are terrible and they’ve internalized that idea. ”

Adelson said the films also champion the way in which marginalized people can tell their own stories — versus the ones that others, often improperly, tell for them.


Co-star Welch notes that Deena and Sam are described as both the “victims and villains” of the story, and yet these people become the heroes that crack the Shadyside curse plus save the day. She accepted the many twists her character takes, as Sam gets to be possessed near the end associated with “1994. ”

“I feel like [her] journey mirrors in which the story is at, and the advancement solving this mystery and breaking this curse, ” Welch said.

Olivia Welch and Kiana Madeira introduced their characters in "Fear Street: 1994."

Olivia Welch and Kiana Madeira introduced their characters in “Fear Street: 1994. ”


The trilogy becomes a trip of empowerment for its female characters — going from a fate sealed by the activities of men to consuming ownership of their own power. As she fights to save Sam, Deena plays an especially notable role in changing the narrative and defying the particular limitations of a patriarchal community.


“Continuing to press narratives that are progressive and that are coming from a place of like and acceptance is so important, ” Madeira said. “Audiences go to the movies to sense — and I feel like when folks watch movies, their hearts and minds are opened. I think that’s the best way to influence change within the right direction. ”

Janiak, Adelson, Welch and Madeira are united in calling the “Fear Street” trilogy effortlessly feminist films. The arc from the series declares that regardless of whether situated in a puritanical society or facing down modern-day misogyny, when queer women take a stand, the stakes are always high and the fear of punishment lives on designed for generations.

“Obviously, the entire world of Shadyside is usually comprised of people that have felt like ‘others, ’” Janiak said. “But for me, it was interesting to kind of think about the intersection of: ‘what does it mean whenever everyone else is telling me that I’m not good enough? And then how do I internalize that? ’ That was one of the interesting reasons for building Sarah’s character with Kiana in ‘1666, ’ it’s like she knows that she is different than what ‘the norm’ is. ”


Horror films such as Mary Shelley’s classic “Frankenstein” while others often bring a certain amount of queerness to them by discovering the narratives of people that are “born differently. ” But those “othered” roles are labeled as grotesque plus inherent outcasts.

In the case of “Fear Street, ” there is a literal plus figurative witch hunt for andersrum (umgangssprachlich) girls — but , within a twist, there’s a happy ending.

“I think that it’s so important to see this relationship on display because it is a queer relationship and that is so underrepresented, especially in the horror genre, ” Madeira said. “To see both of these women who love each other so deeply and stick to their love for each various other is refreshing and groundbreaking. ”

After years of coming up short within the genre, “Fear Street” any horror trilogy that will not end a queer love in tragedy. Instead it is a tale of triumph.


“I think the movies are extremely inherently feminist without looking to be in any way, and it’s because they’re just telling a genuinely authentic feminine story, ” Adelson mentioned. “I love the parallels of the strife of Sam… getting herself with the parallels of the grandiose-ness of a curse. There is certainly violence against women — in emotional ways and physical ways — paralleled in the story with these really horrific [horror genre] events. ”