Fear Street Part Three: 1666 is the third film as part of a trilogy that will release every week starting from July 2. The third part is directed by Leigh Janiak and is based on the Fear Street books by R.L. Stine. The cast includes Kiana Madeira, Ashley Zukerman, Olivia Scott Welch, and Benjamin Flores Jr., alongside other cast members.
– Fear Street Part Three: 1666 review contains no spoilers –
Fear Street Part Three is the story of Sarah Fier and, as the title suggests, we jump to 1666. In her quaint village, Sarah seems to be liked by the people around her. So, how did this charming, fun-loving girl come to become the witch so fearful for all?
So, Sarah’s past is a flashback for Deena. If you guys remember, Deena had a flashback in the last film when she reunited Fier’s body with her hand. Now, we get to know what actually went through in 1666 that made her the fearsome witch of Shadyside. To be honest, the third part sews up the three parts of Fear Street quite well. It features all of the actors from the last two films and creates a scenario that binds everything together.
Fier, if you haven’t guessed it yet, was not, in fact, the witch. There was someone else who did it, and brownie points if you, like me, figured out who in the first 15 minutes. However, the film is also about blind faith and how society just loves to shove the blame down women’s throats and homophobia.
As we see what triggered horrible tragedies to happen through generation in Shadyside, the characters all seem to bleed into each other. Deena, mostly, feels very much like Sarah Fier. Maybe that’s why she gets so much flak from people around her. The film is also a reminder that one wrong in the past can affect the future for generations on end. Another interesting concept of Fear Street Part Three is you wouldn’t be able to find one single adult anywhere. Deena and her brother are out for days on end, but no one really tries to help them in any way or even ask what the heck is going on.
However, with Fear Street Part Three, I wonder why Fear Street Part Two was necessary. Sadie Sink was extraordinary, don’t get me wrong. But the third instalment feels very closely connected to the first, with Deena being the hands-down protagonist in all three. So, what was the point of keeping the middle child? It just felt like a total flashback sequence filled with some graphic violence. It added nothing much to the plot… so, what’s the point? Who knows.
That being said, if you’re thinking that you’re gonna be scared shitless in this instalment, you are mistaken. As we have been in the previous instalments, Fear Street Part Three has no moments of extreme fear anywhere. The church scene in 1666 was creepy, but it wasn’t anything more than that. The ending action at the mall looked great and had moments when you would hold your breath. But beyond that, I had to skip through a lot.
Performances, as usual, are great. Kiana Madeira, Ashley Zukerman, Olivia Scott Welch, Benjamin Flores Jr. are others were really good, with Madeira portraying Fier and Deena’s characters beautifully. I liked how everyone held on to whoever they were in 1996 and 1978, with Henry being Deena’s brother and Constance being Abigail’s sister. There are more such instances that I will not go into in my Fear Street Part Three review though.
Summing up: Fear Street Part Three: 1666
Fear Street Part Three, the oldest of the lot, is the one that connects the other two films together. It gives them meaning and ammunition, but really, it still feels like a kid movie. For others though, it leaves you with several questions, one of them being – why are we so afraid of people who are different from us?
Fear Street Part 3: 1666 is streaming on Netflix.