Fear Street Part 3 – 1666 is the third and final entry in the series of RL Stine stories, but following two rather lacklustre entries so far, can the finale be the ‘killer’ conclusion?
NOTE: This review assumes you have seen the first two films.
With Fear Street Part 1 set in 1994, and Fear Street Part 2 set in 1978, this time, the story goes back to 1666. A lot of the same cast are involved in this, but they’re putting on awful cod-Irish accents, almost on a par with Alan Partridge in the first series of I’m Alan Partridge when he insulted two men who were originally planning to put some work his way.
And when they do speak, everyone talks in low, hushed tones, while going on about Witchcraft and/or talking about “Doing a deal with the devil”. I’ve not read the original books, but did someone let a computer program put this script together?! It’s so derivative of everything I’ve seen before.
Publicity shot used because every still actually taken from the film is in the dark, so you’ll barely be able to see it.
And How come Sarah Fier is now played by Kiana Madeira, who played Deena in the first two movies? As I began to watch this, I had no idea, but the IMDB cast list already stated that “‘Real’ Sarah Fier” is played by the usual actress, Elizabeth Scopel.
So, I wondered what on Earth was the reason for that. Will we get a valid explanation? Well, as it flicks forward to 1994 – around halfway through this threequel – that does include some sort of explanation, but you’ll have to wait for that.
As a while, the 1666 part takes up the first 65 minutes, but could all be summed up in around 20. So, like the first two films, this one also could lose 40 minutes of content early on.
A score for this finale? Maybe 1/10 for the last 30 minutes for how things are reslved in 1994, as you’ll find out… okay, I’ll up it to a unique score of: 1.666/10. However, the only scary part of this trilogy is how it’s taken six hours to tell about three hours’ worth of story.
Fear Street Part 3 – 1666 is on Netflix from today, but isn’t yet available to pre-order on Blu-ray or DVD.
Check out the trailer below:
Running time: 114 minutes
Release date: July 16th 2021
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1 (Anamorphic Panavision)
Director: Leigh Janiak
Producers: Kori Adelson, Peter Chernin, David Ready, Jenno Topping
Screenplay: Phil Graziadei, Leigh Janiak, Kate Trefry
Story: RL Stine
Music: Marco Beltrami, Anna Drubich, Marcus Trumpp
Sarah Fier / Deena: Kiana Madeira
‘Real’ Sarah Fier: Elizabeth Scopel
Henry / Josh: Benjamin Flores Jr
George Fier: Randy Havens
Lizzie / Kate: Julia Rehwald
Elijah Goode / Mayor Will Goode: Matthew Zuk
Isaac / Simon: Fred Hechinger
‘The Pastor’ Cyrus Miller: Michael Chandler
Constance / Ziggy Berman: Sadie Sink
Abigail / Cindy Berman: Emily Rudd
Hannah Miller / Samantha Fraser: Olivia Scott Welch
Grace Miller / Mrs. Fraser: Lacy Camp
Mad Thomas / Tommy Slater: McCabe Slye
Solomon Goode / Nick Goode: Ashley Zukerman
The Widow / Mrs. Lane: Jordana Spiro
Caleb / Peter: Jeremy Ford
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