Fear Street Part 3: 1666 – Review
Fear Street has turned into Fear Village for the final instalment of R. L. Stine’s Netflix horror trilogy for teens. At the end of Part 2, Deena (Kiana Madeira) found the missing piece of the witch’s skeleton which she believed would end the curse and bring her town back to normal. However, what she wasn’t anticipating was that it would transport her back in time into the body of Sarah Fier (Fear, get it?), the original witch who was the cause of the curse in the first place. Although, what she finds is that Sarah Fier may not have been the evil witch that Deena thought she was and as her story unfolds, Deena starts to realise that Sarah’s story has connections to her own.
Fear Street Part 3: 1666 is the end of the trilogy which Netflix perhaps hoped would have put us all in a spooky mood. However, with the TV budget stretched across roughly six hours, being released weekly and in July, Fear Street as a whole may not have had the impact that it intended.
Part 3 does indeed live up to the promises of the end of Part 2 though and the tone is very different for the first half of the film. It also places the actors from the first two parts within Sarah’s story, which shows their range and may also cut down on the budget.
However, having Part 3 set in such a different place and time does have its issues and its evident due to the budget and the cast. Firstly, the accents are not great and for what is supposed to be an Irish town whose settlers made their home in America, it does take the audience out of the period piece somewhat. Although if you’ve already seen part 1 and 2 then you may have already expected the quality to not be the best.
Basically, if you ever wondered what The Witch would look like with a worse budget, script and cast then that’s what you’re going to get. Also, Sarah’s story overall is a little cliché and though it does connect its themes to Deena, it’s not all that original.
Then we get to the twist and although at first this may throw people a little and comes across as unexpected, it only serves as a way to set up the second half of the film as it brings it back to where it all began. Although the nostalgia for the heady days of early July 2021 may not be as strong when they released Part 1.
There are some nice little nods to the trilogy as a whole and some loose ends are tied up nicely, but it’s probably not best to binge watch or watch so close together as Netflix released them, because besides its ambitions, the final result is rather disposable.