Home Horror Entertainment News ‘Fear Street Part 3: 1666’ Brings the Trilogy to a Shaky, Satisfying Close

‘Fear Street Part 3: 1666’ Brings the Trilogy to a Shaky, Satisfying Close

by Waylon Jordan
2,254 views
Fear Street Part 3: 1666

Fear Street Part 3: 1666 is out today on Netflix! The final chapter in the trilogy of films inspired by the writing of R.L. Stine brings the action home in an almost two-hour film that wavers, but never completely runs of the rails.

For those who have been keeping up, like its predecessors, the film steeps itself in the tropes and trappings of horror films of its particular subgenre, this time in a colonial America on the verge of mass witch hysteria. Deena (Kiana Madeira) finds herself psychically trapped in the body of Sarah Fier, the dreaded witch whose curse it at the center of each of the films and has supposedly haunted Shadyside for over 300 years.

You’ll notice a lot of familiar faces in this particular iteration as the cast is made up entirely of actors from the previous two films–a trope in and of itself with these kinds of franchises–to great effect. Director Leigh Janiak (Honeymoon) does an excellent job of coaxing new and interesting performances them that hint at what their descendants will face while creating compelling stories in the past.

What I find most captivating in this particular chapter of the trilogy, however, is that it comes pre-rivalry between the two towns of Shadyside and Sunnyvale. Witnessing the birth of that division from a single community is something that I found wholly interesting and compelling.

FEAR STREET PART 3: 1666 (L to R) FRED HECHINGER as ISAAC and JULIA REHWALD as LIZZIE. NETFLIX © 2021

Sadly, once the premise of the film is set, things begin to get shaky.

As it turns out 1666 is only the first half of the film or so. After that, we make a somewhat jarring return to 1994 to right the wrongs of the past and save the present. That works except that in doing so it creates serious pacing issues. Both parts feel slightly rushed, but together they almost feel a bit too long.

This doesn’t kill the film. It’s still a lot of fun. But, of the three chapters, this was the only one that had me checking the counter to see how much longer the film was going to be.

As a whole, the trilogy works great. These are nostalgia-laden popcorn films that quite frankly went a lot harder with the violence and gore than I expected when they were first announced. They drew upon the source material exactly enough to make the fans happy, then developed them into something that went far beyond the realm of the original stories.  Further, the inclusion of a central lesbian teen couple was nice for a change, especially as the writers took some time to develop them beyond two-dimensional stereotypes.

In fact, despite the pacing/story issues in the final chapter, I would say the Fear Street Trilogy dances on the precipice of a pitch perfect adaptation.

Moreover, I’m excited to see what Janiak and her creative team can do moving forward. The director previously impressed genre fans with her eerie Honeymoon, and she proves herself as a talented director across the three parts of Fear Street.

Fear Street Part 3: 1666 is out now on Netflix. Check out the newest trailer for the final chapter of the trilogy below and let us know what you think of the films in the comments!