Fear Street Part Three: 1666 is now streaming on Netflix.
1666 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.
It is finally here. The ending to Netflix’s Fear Street trilogy is now available exclusively on the streaming service and it certainly is the ending that fans have wanted; it is bloody, gruesome and culminates this story in a way that is fascinating and satisfying. Here is what I have to say about Part Three in the Fear Street trilogy.
In 1666, a colonial town is gripped by a hysterical witch-hunt that has deadly consequences for centuries to come and it is up to the teenagers in 1994 (played by Kiana Madeira, Benjamin Flores Jr., Darrell Britt-Gibson and Olivia Scott Welch) to finally put an end to Shadyside’s curse, before it is too late.
Netflix have done wonders releasing this trilogy every Friday for the past three weeks. It has truly garnered word-of-mouth as the weeks have passed and by the time Part Three was about to drop, virtually all horror fans were ready to see how this story spanning over three hundred years would conclude. Thankfully, it delivered and might just be the best film in the trilogy.
Fear Street Part Three: 1666 feels incredibly similar to Robert Eggers’ The VVitch with its bleak, old England setting focusing on witches who are plaguing this area. It takes its time and moves at a much slower pace than the first two entries by building this world and expanding the mythology. It ties everything from the previous films together by looping in references and continuing the story in a unique way that had me gripped from beginning to end.
As usual, the cast are all great here playing these teenagers either in 1994 or 1666. Kiana Madeira, once again, steals the entire film and is the heart and centre of the story. Her character is our guide into this world and the writers did a perfect job in making viewers feel the stakes for Madeira’s Deena.
The violence is dialled up even further here. People are dismembered, slaughtered and brutally murdered in many over-the-top ways. The use of fake blood may be a little overdone at times however, that doesn’t take away how graphic some of the kills really are. You buy into the goriness of the film and can feel the stakes escalating quickly and as you move into the final thirty minutes, you are on the edge of your seat.
Lastly, the film also cuts out all the childish rivalry between the two towns which allows the story to focus a lot more on the characters and the ending to their journey. In Parts One and Two, the opening thirty to forty minutes try and set up this rivalry between two towns but a large chunk of the dialogue felt contrived and incredibly cringeworthy. Thankfully, that rivalry is put on the back burner which allows the story to flow much more coherently.
Fear Street Part Three: 1666 culminates a story spanning over three hundred years in a way that is satisfying and bloody gruesome! Filled to the brim with gnarly kills, there is no shortage of suspense for horror fans. The emotional aspect of the film comes from the relationship between the group of teenagers at the heart of the film, who all deliver tremendous performances. This really is one of the best throwback slashers in a long time!