Fear Street: 1666

Fear Street: 1666 ★★½

Just in case you were worried about the lack of needle drops that a movie set in 1666 would entail, fear not because director Leigh Janiak is able to cram about 5 or 6 of them into the last 40 minutes of the movie.

While I certainly enjoyed the experience I had while watching the Fear Street trilogy (I was never particularly blown away), this was the only part that felt completely draining and lifeless to watch. Maybe it’s because half of Part Three: 1666 is like Robbert Eggers’ The Witch without any of the subtleties or nuances that his filmed possessed or the fact that all the build-up from the previous installments were reduced to nothing more than an out of left field twist villain that feels so unearned (especially when the final act feels like it belongs in an episode of Stranger Things).

Without giving any spoilers away, I just want to mention that there was never any indication that the twist villain was actually nefarious in the previous installments, so in order to make sure the audience knows that this character is really evil, they have the character start to say sinister things and talking with the stereotypical villain mannerisms all of a sudden and it’s unintentionally hilarious. It makes no sense in the context of the trilogy but I guess the books would explain it better (can someone who has read the books tell me if this plot twist was the same or more impactful?).

I think the Fear Street trilogy can be best described as a missed opportunity. The seeds were there but were unfortunately never capitalized upon to the best of their potential. Maybe it’s the fault of the source material, or maybe something got lost in translation but I was expecting more payoff from this story that I spent 6 hours watching. I would like to see Netflix (or other studios for that matter) attempt similar methods of storytelling in the future because there is a lot of potential for these 3-part movies/miniseries that have yet to be explored.

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