Fear Street Part 3: 1666 is the final part of a trilogy of films that have been released weekly on Netflix, and is based on the book series of the same name by R.L Stine. My feelings towards parts 1 and 2 do differ slightly from Sarah, who reviewed both for us (see here and here), but I found part 3 to be the most interesting and enjoyable of them all.
Spoiler warning: While this review tries to remain as spoiler-free as possible, it does contain spoilers from the first two parts. So, do make sure to watch those first!
Part 2 ended on a great cliffhanger, with Deena’s (Kiana Madeira) girlfriend Sam (Olivia Welch) now possessed by the Shadyside Witch, Sarah Frier. After meeting up with C Berman (Gillian Jacobs), the only survivor of the Camp Nightwing massacre in 1978, Deena attempted to end the curse by reuniting the bones of Frier’s missing hand with the rest of her body. But, rather than bringing the chaos to an end, Deena finds herself transported back to 1666. As a bloodied Deena looks down into a water trough, with a knife in her hand, she sees a different face to her own reflected back at her. It seems she is about to witness the birth of the curse through the eyes of Sarah Fier herself. And hopefully, she will find some answers.
Before she has time to think, Deena/Sarah is called to help out with the birth of some piglets. She’s being called by a boy called Henry, played by the same actor who plays Deena’s brother Josh (Benjamin Flores Jr), and it soon becomes clear that many of the characters within the Pilgrim colony that Deena now finds herself are also being portrayed by cast members from the first two movies. And some of them are sporting some seriously dodgy accents too, which can be a little distracting!
Taking the time to adjust and settle into the change of period and pace, along with having to deal with familiar characters in completely different roles, makes for a somewhat slow start to part 3, in what has already been a rollercoaster ride of fun, gore and horror so far in the series. I was initially worried that the trilogy was going to finish things off in disappointing style, but it’s not long before a darkness begins to fall upon the small settlement. Food and produce quickly turn rotten, the water supply now dirty and contaminated. And there’s something not quite right with the pastor either, who seems to have come down with a strange illness. “The Devil has come, to feast on our misdeeds!” cries one of the townsfolk, and when a number of shocking and devastating murders are committed, the rest of the colony begin looking for someone to blame…
Finding somebody to point the finger at doesn’t take long. Just the night before, a group of local teenagers, including Sarah, had gathered for a party – dancing around a fire under the full moon, laughing and drinking as they popped wild berries that apparently “make you see the world beyond our own”. Worse still, Sarah also snuck off during the party with the pastor’s daughter, Hannah Miller (Olivia Welch), to a quiet spot where they could be intimate with each other. Unfortunately, they were both spotted “laying with the devil” and now there are shrieks of WITCHES! from the gathered crowd who are all now baying for blood.
We only spend an hour so of part 3 in 1666, but it manages to go from a slow, slightly disorientating start, to delivering an enjoyable little story of injustice laced with a wicked twist towards the end that I didn’t see coming, but probably should have. And then, armed with the truth, Deena returns to 1994 when she and the others begin formulating a plan to end things once and for all.
I was more of a fan of part 1 than part 2, so the return to 1994, and a well-planned attempt to try and trap all of the seemingly unstoppable killers from Shadysides troubled past in the mall, was an absolute blast for me. It does get a little silly at times, but director Leigh Janiak manages to hold it all together, bringing us the best chapter of them all, and a great end to what has been a fantastic trilogy.
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