Today I will be ranking and reviewing the Fear Street trilogy that came to Netflix last month. This series is based off the books written by R.L. Stine, spanning three different timelines: 1994, 1978 and 1666. In a fictional location named Shadyside, we follow a group of teenagers in the 90’s who work together to end an evil curse that has plagued their town for centuries. Each part adds more pieces to the puzzle, ultimately revealing where it all began and how to finish it. Without further ado, let’s get into it!
Also: As of today, I will be posting bonus horror content on the blog every single Thursday!
PART ONE – 1994
Believe it or not, my ranking is pretty straightforward. I loved Part One the most, Part Two second and Part Three, third. As a die-hard lover of the 90’s, this was an excellent way to kick off the series. The soundtrack, outfits and overall vibe gave me such nostalgia. It was also loosely based off of Scream, which is one of my favourite horror movie franchises. Furthermore, I loved the pacing. It was a completely action-packed hour and a half that felt like a standalone movie in and of itself. It hearkened back to those beloved, classic teen slashers that one would watch at a sleepover. I was really impressed and ready for Part Two to begin!
PART TWO – 1978
Part Two was loosely based off of Friday the 13th, with the 70’s summer camp setting. There are references to Stephen King’s Carrie and Pet Sematary, which I thought was a nice touch. Once again, the soundtrack and style was on point. There was also plenty of sex, drugs and rock-n-roll to set the mood. In this installment, we get a glimpse into the murders at Camp Nightwing, that saw the curse reach a terrifying peak. I rated this one slightly lower than Part One because it didn’t fill me with as much excitement. I enjoyed it thoroughly (and who doesn’t adore Sadie Sink?) but it didn’t hit as hard in my opinion. I will say however, the twist at the end was very satisfying and one I did not see coming.
PART THREE – 1666
Part Three is split into two additional parts – 1666 and 1994 continued. If this doesn’t make sense, it will when you watch everything come together. In 1666 (loosely based off of The Witch), we finally get to witness Sarah Fier’s origin story and how the curse began. It takes place in Union, before Shadyside and Sunnyvale were divided. The reason I rated Part Three third, was because a.) I found the pacing to be a lot slower and b.) it shared screen time with 1994, therefore not allowing its own feature-length story. This is the most emotional part in the trilogy and the one where viewers receive all the answers. The ending in 1994 was excellent and came full-circle, with a hint that the story may continue down the line someday.
Overall, I highly recommend Fear Street to those wishing to be spooked. It wasn’t terrifying, but it definitely raised the hairs on the back of my neck which is all one could ask for! It was expertly shot and pieced together. The trilogy has been in production since 2015, so it’s nice that it finally came to Netflix after all this time. Check it out! I doubt you will be disappointed…
Thank you so much for reading! What were your thoughts on the Fear Street trilogy? How would you rank them? I would love to know your thoughts down below.
Peace & Love xoxo