Fear Street: 1666

Fear Street: 1666 ★★★

A beginning and an ending, Fear Street Part Three: 1666 offers a change in pace and tone, as it concludes the trilogy and ties each of the pieces together. With a return back to our initial timeline, 1994, this instalment in the trilogy feels like two separate films in one, which makes the pacing of the narrative a little clunky, but once the adjustment has settled, the trilogy’s conclusion is satisfying enough to make up for it. 

With Fear Street Part Three: 1666 we are told the origin story, Sarah Fier’s story, and all is not as it had been suspected, not as history/myth remembered it, and we find instead a subversion of our expectations, a humanising take on the mythology of Sarah Fier. With our protagonists from 1994 submerged into the world of 1666, Deena is Sarah, Sam is Hannah, and we learn of the events which the trilogy has been building upon, and leading up to, through the eyes of the most beloved characters of the trilogy.

1666 ties each of the parts together nicely, and truths surface, some of which had been hiding in plain sight. The suspense and intrigue built surrounding the mythology of the serious is appropriately concluded, the build up of tension well released.

The narrative is empowering. Parallels are inherently drawn between Sarah Fier and Deena, and where Sarah was denied autonomy in the past, Deena affords it to her. This is a horror trilogy that is intrinsically connected to the power of queer love, and feeds off of the love of one woman for another woman. The narrative is propelled forward by Deena’s love for Sam, she refuses to let Sam die. It’s beautiful to watch, a strange dynamic to be found in a horror trilogy, a balance between blood and gore and death, and beautiful love and life.

Fear Street Part Three: 1666 is the better of the three films, but cannot exist without the other two, which were both in service of the final narrative, the conclusion that we find here. Once you get past the awful Irish accents and the issues with pacing, this final instalment makes the trilogy worth it. Is it the most brilliant series of films? No, not really. But do they have a heartwarming message of love that contradicts the hate and pain at the centre of horror? Yes, 100%.

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