The Fear Street trilogy just concludes this week with the final chapter, Fear Street Part 3: 1666. The second of which returns to the brutal camp murders of the 1980s. Now co-writer/director Lee Janiak takes us back. To where this horror saga began with a tale of witches, demons, and suspicions. That was both a fun and scary journey:
Part 3 is the one that also brought the series to a happy ending.
Our Last Girl (Kiana Madeira) continues Dinah’s ending story. And brings together the bones of long-dead witch Sarah Fier along with her severed arm. That’s right, Dinah went back in time.
This is only time not through the sad story of a survivor. As it did in Fear Street Part 2: 1978 – but through a full-blown flashback. That Dinah puts in Sarah Fier’s position. In 1666 it was known as Union. Split into cursed Shadyside and rich Sunnyvale.
Like the teens whom we met in Fear Street Part 1: 1994 and its sequels. Sarah and her friends work really hard and play harder. Amid their dreary farm errands. They excitedly whisper about a midnight plan to enjoy a fire. With a server of apples and some exceptional fruit.
Which is a 17th-century party remedy. Beyond the frivolity, Sarah finds happiness in the woods. By bonding with the Reverend’s daughter Hannah (Olivia Scott Welch, who played Sam in 1994).
The following day Sarah is not only drunk. But also the villagers with plague and paranoia. Did the devil go to your city? And what is the reason for what they call sin?
Janiak cleverly reworked his ensemble from the previous two films to star in this pivotal chapter. This suggests that victims of the Shadyside Curse.
As Kate, Simon, Ziggy, and Cindy (Julia Rewald, Fred Hatchinger, Sadie Sink, and Emily Rudd) – are related to the first victim. On top of that, however, he lets Janiak twice immerse himself in the star power of the cast. Whose mischievous smile warms our hearts even when we know they’re about to break!
The brightest, however, threw Madeira in Fier’s place.
Seen as Lightning in previous films. Elizabeth Skopel played the character of sobbing Fier. But by letting Madeira take on the role of a quantum leap. Our connection and concern for Deena is carried over.
As we learn the story of the shameful witch. Likewise, the sapphire romance between Mary and Hannah is instantly evoked. With memories of the passion with Deena and Sam. And it proves a touching idea why Sarah chose these two to tell the whole story.
In Fear Street, Part 1: 1994, homophobia sizzles between the stories of Dina and Sam. Sam’s mother frowned. Conversations about the release are encrypted. However, in 1666, Sarah has branded an “abomination” for her lesbian lust. That turned the food into rotten and pious men into murderers.
The only adult who will hear Deena is Solomon Good. However, Nick betrayed Ziggy and denied his curse accusations in 1978. Here we learn that bad apples don’t fall far from the family tree.
Without going into spoilers, Fear Street Part 3: 1666 doesn’t just reveal the full story of Sarah Fier.
It also reveals the political commentary that throbs at the heart of the trilogy. It was never just a witch. Janiak and his team of writers (Phil Graziadei, Zak Olkewicz, Kyle Killen and Kate Trefry). They lead us into a maze with a bloody allegory of systemic oppression at its centre. Shadyside did not suffer from bad luck.
They are not really condemned to poverty. And violence for not taking off their shoes. There’s something darker about the game, and that aspect makes complete casting. Not about colour blindness or order but an essential part of the message. Janiak purposely focuses his trilogy on a strange.
Black last girl who refuses to be kind to a world that seems dead to her. The director then surrounds his characters with colourful people and complex characters. Who often don’t appear in horror. Thus, Janiak has created a challenging trilogy of swords. For our modern times, while at the same time looking to the past firmly.