Film Review: Fear Street Part Three: 1666

Spoilers ahead!

Creepy poster.

Gah! I didn’t realize until I saw some other reviews for this film that the year, 1666, must’ve been chosen because of “666.” Duh!

Well, I’ll be darned. Fear Street got me again with the conclusion to the trilogy, Fear Street Part Three: 1666. I didn’t expect them to flip the script where it turns out, Sarah Fier, who up to this point, we believed was the evil witch behind centuries of awful killings at Shadyside, was innocent all along. Not only was she innocent, but it’s been the descendants of Solomon in 1666, including Sheriff Goode, who are the ones who made a pact with the Devil requiring a sacrifice. That’s why Sunnyside is, well, sunny and rich comparatively. It’s built by the Devil.

I thought 1666 was super fun, watching as the small town turned into a mob against Fier and Hannah Miller, who had a “dalliance,” aka they were kissing. Lesbians in 1666! Witches! It was also particularly maddening that the town believed mad Thomas! He’s mad! And that they believed the guy who was scorned by Hannah. That is, he tried to “make a move” on her and she rejected him. Then he calls her a witch. Mhm.

And it’s funny because I thought Solomon was the good guy pushing back against the mob and trying to protect Fier. Womp womp.

Would you believe this shady character, pun intended?

This one was also rather scary. Once the Devil stuff washes over the town, weird things start happening, such as the food going bad and in one horrific scene, Fier’s mother hog eats all of her babies. Yuck. Between that scene and Pig, last week wasn’t a good week for hogs, huh?

And one of the most haunting scenes in the entire trilogy is when Solomon goes into the church, where Pastor Miller was supposed to be teaching the town’s children. Instead, Miller went crazy and gouged the eyes out of all the children, killing them, and he gouged his own eyes out. That was creepy as heck.

I also thought Kiana Madeira, who plays Deena in 1994 and Fier here, was much, much better than in the first film. She brought it and had one of the best monologues in the entire trilogy when she’s being defiant with Hannah against the town. “They will see I am no lamb,” she says. Oooh, get ’em!

We then switch back to 1994 for a Part Two, and that was loads of fun, too. The crew heads back to the mall where they try to Scooby-Doo the killers again and to goad Goode to kill him. One of the best moments there was when the crew used the blood on the monsters so that they would start fighting each other. It’s always fun to see crazy monsters fight other crazy monsters.

Eventually, Deena is able to kill Goode and the truth of Sunnyside and what the Goode’s have done comes to light.

I think what I’ve liked best about the Fear Street trilogy is that it kept bucking my expectations and horror genre conventions. Yes, it paid homage to the great horror movies, like Scream and Friday the 13th, and it reveled in some of that B-level horror movie cheese, but it also tried new things and surprised me in the process.

Overall, I would rank the trilogy as 1978, 1666 and 1994.

It also seems like we aren’t done because the mid-credits scene showed someone taking the satanic book at the heart of all the evil. I’m not sure how I feel about that. I think I’d prefer seeing Fear Street turn into an anthology trilogy series where we get different storylines each time rather than continuing this one. But hey, if they have more story they feel like they can tell, then let’s go.

Spooky.

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