Film Review – Fear Street Part 3: 1666

Film Review of Fear Street Part 3 1666

DIRECTED BY

Leigh Janiak

STARRING

Kiana Madeira, Elizabeth Scopel, Olivia Scott Welch, Benjamin Flores Jr., Gillian Jacobs, Sadie Sink, Ashley Zukerman, Darrell Britt-Gibson, Fred Hechinger, Julia Rehwald, McCabe Slye, Emily Rudd, Jordana Spiro, Jordyn DiNatale, Jeremy Ford, Randy Havens, Matthew Zuk, Lacey Camp, Charlene Amoia, Mark Ashworth, Ryan Simpkins and Emily Brobst

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SYNOPSIS

The origins of Sarah Fier’s curse are finally revealed as history comes full circle on a night that changes the lives of Shadysiders forever.

In 1666, a colony is gripped by a hysterical witch-hunt that has deadly consequences for centuries to come. Meanwhile, the teenagers in 1994 try to finally put an end to the town’s curse, before it is too late.

We’ve arrived at the final chapter of the Fear Street trilogy, going back to where it all began in 1666. Picking up after the events of 1978, we’re taken back to the 17th century to uncover the origins of the Sarah Fier’s legend, and why Shadyside has become such a torrentially violent town. Set in the Union, a time before Shadyside and Sunnyvale came to be, we follow Sarah Fier, how she spends time with her lover Hannah Miller, while the settlement starts to grow wary and paranoid of a sinister being unleashing darkness on the community.

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Following Deena’s actions of placing Sarah Fier’s hand with the rest of her remains, Deena’s begins to have a vision of the origins of the town’s first killer, as well as Sarah’s came to be from the perspective of Fier’s herself. Creatively this leads to the key members that were part of the ensemble in ’94 and ’78 return to play townsfolk, friends of Deena portray the town kids and friends of Sarah, while Samantha appears in this vision as Sarah’s secret girlfriend Hannah, and I thought it was nice to have familiar faces resurface, though I’m sure some will find it to be convenient. The old town setting and costumes are fine, though it’s the direction of the setting I found to be very well done, particularly in the night sequence of the youth having a good time in the woods near the settlement, to the build-up of tension in a pivotal scene that leads to the town coming together to raise the issue that their land may be cursed.

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In the past there’s some dynamics that I thought were interesting to watch, particularly Sarah Fier and Solomon Goode, as the two converse with each other, whereas in comparison the town ‘crazy’, Mad Thomas, belittles Sarah at every opportunity, and is the catalyst that leads to Sarah’s downfall. Despite the timeline, it’s interesting to see how town fear and paranoia can so easily lead to mob mentality and I believed it was executed decently enough here.

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1666 has the daunting task of answering the remaining questions the audience has to what was raised in the previous films and despite have a runtime of almost two hours, it feels like it’s racing to answer those questions after the first act, and for the most part they’re effectively answered, though some may not be as convinced as others, such as one particular reveal in the leadup to the final act. The biggest thing I can see being raised from part three is the accents, some won’t mind them and some will believe they’re awful. While I fall into the bracket of not really minding it, I felt some were fine while others were subpar, but nothing that reeked of Tom Cruise or Tommy Lee Jones level of crimes against accents. In regards to the final act too, it is cheesy, yet fits with the tone of ’94 in especially, and though it has some interesting ideas executed well, I can’t say that I was overly satisfied in how it wrapped up.

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VERDICT

Fear Street Part 3: 1666 is a decent conclusion to this trilogy, even though it feels like it races to quickly to get to the finish line.

★★★