Fear Street: 1666

Fear Street: 1666 ★★★

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A fun, disjointed, very enjoyable mess! As a conclusion to this trilogy, it’s satisfying enough, but it drops the ball with the 1666 setting and misses out on a lot of the potential it sets up in favor of powering through to the “twist” in the final third. I appreciate the twist, and there was definitely some hype in that dramatic Part 2 title card, but it should’ve been its own entry instead of hijacking the origin story. 

I never connected with the cast as much as I wanted to, either. It’s unfortunate that our core protagonists don’t get any further development after 1994, because they needed it. Smart casting and compelling performances can do a lot for me, though, so it’s got that going for it, but the script needed more meat on its bones to sell the overarching story. The finale itself hits the right notes, but does so in such a truncated way that the thrills I got from it were pretty fleeting.

Janiak has undoubtedly earned a new fan, though. I really like her direction in all three of these, even if the writing never coalesces. She has a killer eye for evocative imagery and smart setups. A lot of my enjoyment of the trilogy (and this entry in particular) stems from how much fun it is to look at. I’d love to see her take on something uniquely her own, instead of riffing on other genres—she’s got all the talent to put together a really stellar horror flick.

I’d rank the trilogy 1994 —> 1666 —> 1978, but they’re all consistently enjoyable, albeit uneven, watches. The ideas behind them work better than the execution does, and I’d definitely be down to see the series continue in some way, especially if they fine tune the format. Also, any trilogy that ends with a queer WOC killing a rich, white, devil worshipping cop is a trilogy that deserves my support, so more of that, please.

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