I have really enjoyed Netflix‘s summer slasher event made up of three Fear Street movies. The final film in the trilogy, Fear Street Part 3: 1666, hits the streaming service today and promises to wrap up the sprawling storylines throughout 1994, 1978 and 1666. While it does bring the story of the Shadyside Witch Sarah Fier to an end, it feels entirely predictable in the process, despite how exciting it can be at times.
Fear Street Part 3 tells the life story of Sarah Fier in full after Deena (Kiana Madeira) reunited her hand with her body in 1994.
What follows is Deena flashing back and experiencing Sarah’s life – Quantum Leap style – in a small village before it was known as Shadyside.
The residents of the pilgrim town are familiar, as they are made up of the actors who appeared in the subsequent films.
And, once again, the stronger actors really stand out above the rest.
Deena star Kiana in particular really struggles with her English (Irish?) accent, while other actors barely try.
Her on-screen girlfriend Sam (Olivia Scott Welch) returns as Sarah’s girlfriend Hannah, setting up the scandal that would eventually create the damning legend of the Shadyside Witch.
It quickly becomes apparent that 1666’s events aren’t strong enough to hold an entire film.
The movie instead resorts to leaning on 1994 characters and stories to thicken out the final half of the story.
Although this tactic eventually makes for a more satisfying ending, it does feel a little silly marketing an entire film on essentially 45 minutes of screen time.
Ultimately though, the 1994 sets, costumes and characters have always been the strongest of the series, so their return is a welcome one.
What’s more, throughout the three films the overarching story of Sarah Fier, her curse and whatever has been going on in Shadyside and Sunnyvale have always been the most interesting part of the narrative – and, thankfully, it is an enjoyable conclusion.
Fans of the franchise are going to love how the story is wrapped up.
The odd blend of Stranger Things-esque aesthetics and the classic slasher movie vibes continue to work extremely well on the small screen.
One scene, in particular, is literally drenched in neon, creating a gorgeous battlefield for blood-splatter seekers to revel in.
Unfortunately, some of the narrative’s finer details don’t quite add up.
The late-game main antagonist, while stirring, is really no match for some of the horrors that were explored in previous movies 1994 and 1978.
Also, the ending seems to wrap up a little too perfectly, despite the tease for another set of films in the future. It comes across as rushed and certainly deserved to be explained a little more.
The problem with Fear Street Part 3: 1666 being the final film in the trilogy is that viewers have already seen what comes after it. They have already spent almost a cumulative four hours learning of the horrors that befell Sarah Fier, so her story isn’t that gripping at this stage. Despite this, Fear Street excels in the same avenues it did in the first two chapters. It is shot beautifully, the actors are all fully committed, and the cliched horror inspirations are truly thrilling to watch. A large chunk of the film returns to the form of the glorious first chapter, but it cannot be upheld for the entire run time. Horror fans will enjoy this movie, but it might be the most forgettable of the trilogy.
Fear Street Part 3: 1666 is out now on Netflix.