Fear Street Part Three 1666 is a 2021 American slasher film directed by Leigh Janiak, with a script co-written by Phil Graziadei and Janiak, from an original story by Kyle Killen, Graziadei, and Janiak. Based on the book series of the same name by R. L. Stine, the film was released by Netflix on July 9, 2021 as the third and final instalment in the Fear Street trilogy.
After the ascending quality of the previous two instalments, perhaps the expectations were too heavy for Fear Street Part Three 1666 as the final film is a relative disappointment. Sadly, the film was unable to stick the landing to bring the trilogy to a satisfying conclusion.
The narrative device used this time, in telling a story set in the distant past was using Deena experience a flashback through the eyes of the presumed villainess of the piece, Sarah Fier the witch. However, the film elects to cast the actors seen in the first two films in these 1666 roles and that somewhat ruins the presentation. It’s hard to believe that these same characters existed in 1666 as well which did not help certainly with the suspension of disbelief.
That annoying flaw aside, Fear Street Part Three 1666 did a good job in revealing a twist to Sarah Fier’s origin story and providing a rationale for the Sunnyvale and Shadyside divide – that provided a critical context to the events covered in 1994 and 1978.
However, that was not enough to prevent the 1666 story from being somewhat boring. We suppose that that was inevitable considering that the film needed to tell a somewhat stereotypical tale of women being wrongly accused of witchcraft and murder for it, while the real evil came from the hate, fear and prejudice of ignorant people.
The trilogy wraps up by returning to present day (1994) as Deena is now armed with the knowledge gained from 1666 to take vengeance, save herself and her friends and redeem Shadyside. Part 2 in that sense, is probably more exciting though the deus ex machina ending somewhat detracted from a reasonably good landing.
Still, we would recommend the Fear Street trilogy to all horror buffs and as the credits indicate, maybe expect more films to come from this new franchise.
Now streaming on Netflix.
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