The final chapter in the Fear Street Trilogy is not at all what I was expecting. It is more thriller and less horror, but still has plenty of the latter that fill the runtime that is Fear Street Part 3: 1666.
The world building that has taken place over two films is finally realized as we are brought to the original settlement that is now Shadyside. I was briefly, and I do mean briefly, brought out of the movie experience with the accents. It did not, however, take long to suck me back in as Deena (Kiana Madeira) is seeing through the eyes of Sarah Fier in 1666 and is about to discover what really happened.
My biggest complaint, and this is a movie trope that needs to die, is the town drunk / religious miscreant having so much control over the minds of the regular people. Usually ignored and laughed at, but when something bad happens they can convince everyone to follow their will.
The whole movie does not take place in 1666 and we are brought back to Fear Street Part One’s 1994. The ride as we are brought through the witch hunt and to the movie’s conclusion is such a fun ride though I can forgive the annoying trope.
Ashley Zukerman gets more screen time in the third film. I enjoyed him as Lucas Taylor in Terra Nova and he gets to play a more central role as teased by the previous two films. I enjoyed how they used all the players from the first two films (Olivia Scott Welch, Benjamin Flores, Fred Hechinger, Emily Rudd, Sadie Sink and Julia Rehwald) to continue the story. It is smart directing from Leigh Janiak.
Fear Street 1666 is a fitting end to what started three weeks ago. I was honestly worried I was not going to enjoy my screening due to the terrible day I was having. Yet, as the credits rolled, I was left with a smile on my face.