‘Fear Street Part Three: 1666‘ is the last in the trilogy inspired by a series of novellas by R.L. Stine. Like previous entries, the Netflix teen horror flick directed by Leigh Janiak based on a script by Phil Graziadei and Leigh Janiak.
Deena (Kiana Madeira) touches the hand of Sarah Fier (Elizabeth Scopel) transporting her back in time and inside Sarah’s body. There she sees the early days of the curse where Sarah falls in love with the preacher’s daughter Hannah Miller (Olivia Scott Welch), but they are spotted. Soon, the town falls under a deadly curse and Sarah is blamed. She goes to find her friend Solomon Goode (Ashley Zukerman), who tries to help her. However, the secret of the curse is revealed. In the present, Deena, her brother Josh (Benjamin Flores Jr.), Christine Berman (Gillian Jacobs), and the mall’s head janitor Martin (Darrell Britt-Gibson) head to the local mall to have a final showdown with the curse and an army of undead soldiers.
Unlike Part 1 and Part 2, this film is divided into two different plots. The first and titular 1666 shows the curse affecting the Puritan colony while the second returns to 1994 for the final showdown. Some have praised it, but you will not find that here.
For one thing, the double casting was a little off putting. While I know the reason is they did not have a good enough budget to make it worthwhile, they should have done a better job at making the cast look like the two different characters they were portraying. It was also an incredibly lazy choice to have Madeira play both Deena and Sarah. When Deena travels to the past, she should have been a bystander watching what is happening to Sarah while having the “real” Sarah actress Scopel play the cursed woman. Now, except for really bad British accents, the cast does an okay job with the stuff they are given. Kudos to them for trying.
Speaking of lazy, what a lazy way to conclude the trilogy. The first two parts they had such a big deal out of Fier’s severed hand only for it to be completely forgotten about in this movie. It has one cameo at the beginning and then it is never mentioned again. It was like the writers just forgot about it. They also shoe-horned in this twist that fell back on the typical “straight white guy” is mean instead of having something meaningful to have in the conclusion.
Bottom line, Fear Street Part Three: 1666 is like its predecessors. It is a lazy gore fest and in this case, not even a two-part story could save this film.
PARENTAL CONCERNS: Strong gory violence, Disturbing images, Sexual content
FAVORITE QUOTE: The truth shall be your curse.
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