“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.”

Director: Leigh Janiak
Writers: Phil Graziadei, Leigh Janiak, Kate Trefry, R.L. Stine
Staring: Kiana Madeira, Ashley Zukerman, Gillian Jacobs, Benjamin Flores
Streaming: Netflix
Release Date: July 16, 2021

A movie surprise is a wonderful surprise. The Fear Street trilogy as a whole has been an unexpected revelation and Fear Street Part Three: 1666 ensures that the story concludes in a bloody, violent, and scary good way. Netflix and horror movie fans should thank Leigh Janiak and everyone involved with the Fear Street project for creating something that is enjoyable on its own while also generating the possibility for creating a horror movie universe.

The linchpin for this trilogy, and the two better movies of the three, is Kianna Madeira. That is the biggest takeaway from Fear Street Part Three: 1666. This Netflix exposure is her first big-time project according to IMDB and she took the fastball from the casting director and bashed it into the next stratosphere. She sucks out all the energy on the screen. When she is scared, it is an angry scared. She has a ferocity that is enthralling. It is a “you are gonna pay for this” scared.


Kiana Madeira

Fear Street Part Three: 1666 picks up immediately after Fear Street Part Two: 1978 and Deena falling into the memory of Sarah Fier. The colonial setting brings to life the origin of the Shadyside curse and how the legend of Fier is born. The parallels written between 1994 and 1666 are meshed well in a blend of expectedness and originality.

One of the saving graces of Fear Street Part Three: 1666 is the conclusion, which blends the three stories together in a fun, gory and classic 90s fashion. There are squirt guns, axes, neon lighting and blood. Lots of it. All of the killers of Shadyside past are present, as are Denna, Josh (Benjamin Flores Jr.), Ziggy (Gillian Jacobs) and Martin (Darrell Britt-Gibson) for one final confrontation.

Can’t wrap up the Fear Street conversation without stating the fact that these three movies had a more thought out and consistently entertaining story than the most recent garbage Star Wars trilogy. Honestly, it is hilarious that a teen scream franchise has better writing, acting and direction than the most famous movie franchise of all time.

For me, myself and I, Fear Street Part Three: 1666 is the best of the three Fear Street Movies. It is slightly better than Fear Street Part 1: 1994. Fear Street Part Two: 1978 is enjoyable but does not match up with the pair of movies its sandwiched between.

The critical success of the Fear Street movies must beg the question as to what old childhood horror IP is going to get rebooted next? We already had the movie Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark (2019) in addition to Goosebumps (2015) and Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018).

STANKO RATING: B+ (4.0/5)

Fear Street Part One: 1994 (B+ – 4.5/5 Stars)

Fear Street Part Two: 1978 (C – 2.5/5 Stars)

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