Fear Street: 1666

Fear Street: 1666 ★★★★

If part one in 1994 set the trap and lured you in with likeable characters and a sense of curiosity, and if part two in 1978 kept the slasher crowd invested and revealed more of the historic surroundings of the story, part three in 1666 absolutely takes the cake and turns out to be the actual pièce de résistance of the entire trilogy because it serves not only as a powerful emotional and surprising conclusion to the Sarah Fier story — putting a lot of preconceived notions about witches into a welcome contemporary perspective — but it also is the artistic highlight of the trilogy.

We're given a triumphantly fitting score that evokes the story's "olden times" in both a creepy but also melancholically and even romantically impactful way, there's a genuine sense of lived-in-ness where the old village is concerned and the editing and cinematography finds, dare I say it, touches (or maybe just sprinkles) of Terrence Malick's cinema that you likely wouldn't expect to find in a horror film but I think they are most certainly there.

After the moderate continuation in part two I was pleasantly surprised by this final entry and think it's the highlight of the three, serving as not only prequel but deliberate, final-act sequel to the first film as well, making this Fear Street trilogy an overall nicely rounded project with a welcome creative deliberation to it and an emotional through line that worked for me. Even if you don't get as much out of the previous films as I did, this third entry is absolutely worth it.

Probably high time I rewatched Janiak's debut feature Honeymoon and I can't wait to see what she does next.

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