Fear Street Director Wants to Create the MCU of Horror

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Vulture 18 July, 2021 - 08:36pm

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There is good news for 'Fear Street' fans, as the next movie is coming out very soon. It is scheduled for release on July 16, which is this Friday. More specifically, it is scheduled to hit Netflix accounts at 12:01 PT or 03:01 ET, for those in the United States. MARCA.comFear Street Part 3 1666: Release date, plot and cast on Netflix

Horror did franchise crossing before it was cool, with the Universal monsters cameoing in each other’s works. What is Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, if not the comedy-horror Avengers? And then you have the various universes: Freddy vs. Jason, Alien vs. Predator, Mummy vs. upsetting CGI The Rock. Universal actually tried to do a horror Marvel with the Dark Universe. That idea flopped with the premiere of Tom Cruise’s Star Persona vs. the Conventions of Genre Cinema.

What Fear Street has over Universal is the head start of a trilogy. We already understand the overarching mythos. Janiak already knows what she wants to do next: “I really started getting excited about a ’50s slasher movie,” she said. “It’s just cool to think about the different eras and what’s possible as a horror fan.”

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Finished 'Fear Street'? Everything you need to know about the Netflix trilogy's villains (spoilers!)

USA TODAY 19 July, 2021 - 08:00am

Instead of one killer, there's a bunch in Netflix's 'Fear Street' horror trilogy. Director Leigh Janiak breaks them down, plus that big bad reveal.

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Netflix’s “Fear Street” trilogy featured not just one killer or even two, but a whole murderer’s row of villains – plus one big bad who fans might not have seen coming.

Co-written and directed by Leigh Janiak, the R-rated teen slasher movies (all streaming now) focus on three different time periods – 1994, 1978 and 1666 – with Deena (Kiana Madeira), her girlfriend Sam (Olivia Scott Welch) and their friends and allies trying to save the town of Shadyside from a centuries-old witch’s curse. For years, innocent Shadysiders have been turned into homicidal maniacs and masked slashers, with many resurrected to haunt our heroes.

“The whole thing was amazing,” Janiak says of crafting her scary-movie rogues gallery. “I remember spending hours researching masks and talking about looks. It's just a dream as a horror fan to be able to do this.”

However, a witch isn’t ultimately to blame for all of the bad news. Janiak breaks down that huge “Fear Street” twist, shares inspirations behind the various killers and reveals the one that freaked her out the most in person.

The trilogy's entire historical narrative was built around Sarah Fier (played by Madeira in “Fear Street Part 3: 1666”), who's thought to be the young 17th-century woman responsible for years and years of madness and bloodshed. However, she wasn't a witch, Sarah just happened to be in love with fellow teen Hannah Miller (Welch), and it was actually Sarah's jilted, power-hungry suitor Solomon Goode (Ashley Zukerman) who made a deal with the devil – one passed on through generations of his family, all the way to seemingly helpful cop Nick Goode (also Zukerman) in 1994. Janiak wanted to “show the banality of evil – that at the end of the day, these are just people that are making these really bad decisions.”

Sarah having a forbidden romance with “someone she shouldn't have been at that time period” made her “a perfect scapegoat for this evil, of this man who felt entitledto a (ideal) world he wasn't getting,” Janiak says.

The murderer in the black robe and skeleton mask who offs a mall bookstore employee (Maya Hawke) in the opening scene of “Fear Street Part 1: 1994” was “100%” an ode to the iconic “Scream” villain, Janiak admits. “I feel like Ghostface is so (expletive) cool and amazing and so bumbling and still terrifying. He is goofy but there's that thing of like, ugh, I don't want that guy standing outside my house or chasing me.”

Jordyn DiNatale’s freaky female introduced in “1994” hums a sweet tune so you hear her coming before she slices you up. The vast majority of slashers in horror films are predominantly male, so Janiak had to ponder how to make a young woman feel utterly terrifying. “So we kind of leaned into those tropes of she's a little sexy, she's going to seduce the person who sees her on the stage, she's going to seem innocent but she's not,” the director says.

In "1978," Tommy Slater (McCabe Slye) is seen as an all-American golden boy at Camp Nightwing until he breaks bad, puts a bag over his head and goes on a murderous spree. While the first “Fear Street” unmasks Skull Mask in the beginning, Janiak decided that with the second chapter, she could nod at a familiar trope (see: Leatherface in “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre” and Jason Voorhees in the “Friday the 13th” films) and also “let us live with the horror of a person you know, that you've gotten to kind of like," being a axe-swinging killer. 

Cyrus Miller (Michael Chandler), whose daughter hides her relationship with Sarah Fier, is a 17th-century preacher teased by local children. However, this all-seeing church figure very much goes to the dark side: In one very disturbing scene, he’s found by townsfolk after ripping several kids’ eyes out of their sockets and also done the same to himself. In the film, “we were dealing with this idea of 'What do you see? What don't you see? Where is the truth and where is not the truth?’ ” Janiak says. “It just felt symbolic.”

Janiak featured other killers in minor roles – and hinted at their legends – like The Grifter, Billy Barker and Farmer of Death. One who holds a special place in Janiak’s heart is Harry Rooker (Kevin Waterman), a 1950s Shadyside milkman with a “Night of the Hunter” vibe who preyed on housewives. While "Kevin is so nice and chill and sweet,” Janiak says, “I had trouble talking to him on set. I don't think he even knows this, but when he was in the full makeup, there was something that just really tapped into a primal fear for me.”

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Netflix's Fear Street: The 10 Best Characters | ScreenRant

Screen Rant 19 July, 2021 - 08:00am

It has plenty of likable and interesting to watch characters. Even though plenty of them are flawed and have their issues, these are people who the audience has enjoyed seeing in this element. The trilogy's slew of interesting, complex characters helped make this entire experience special.

Simon didn't get quite as much character development or screen time as some others but he was a welcome addition to the adventure. He had a handful of funny lines, especially after everyone changes at the school, and his violent death by axe wound to the head was a heartbreaker.

Surprisingly, he plays a big role at the end of Fear Street Part Three: 1666. Back in 1994, Martin is recruited to help against the killers and despite the wildness going on, fits right in. He shows a high level of bravery, delivers a few good quotes, and is a valuable member of the team.

Nick bonds with Ziggy when nobody else does and ultimately saves her life, making him someone fans could like. However, the 1666 tale showed that his family had been behind the killings for centuries due to a deal with the devil. He may not have had a ton of screen time as the villain but he was a formidable foe and someone who the viewers both rooted for and hated.

To top it off, she becomes possessed and spends most of the next two movies like that. During that time, she doesn't get much time to do anything but Sam proved to be a good character in that first movie. She was brave enough to sacrifice herself for her friends and seeing her stand up to her mother to showcase her love for Deena was sweet.

She stepped up when they thought it was just Peter and his friends but also when it turned out to be real killers after them. Kate also formed an unexpected bond with Josh that was a delight to see unfold. She showcased her wits on several occasions and her death was a true blow to the story.

She was wrongfully accused of being a witch and figured out the truth about Solomon Goode's deal with the devil. Despite everything being against her, Sarah fought against Solomon and lost her hand in the process. When it came time to face judgment, Sarah saved her friend Hannah and took the blame for everything, even though she was innocent.

Thankfully, Cindy grows into a better person over the course of the story. Not only does she get closer to her sister but she also shows tons of courage and toughness as she is the one to put down Tommy, though it's only temporary. In the end, Cindy also attempts to sacrifice herself for Ziggy, cementing their bond.

Deena clearly loves Sam and is also protective of her friends, while being willing to put her own life on the line to save them. Deena might not always make the right move but she's someone the audience can root for and relate to, while also being the ultimate hero at the end of the story.

Throughout the 1978 story, Ziggy is among the heroes like her sister and she is the one who ends up surviving the ordeal. It ruined her life as an adult but when it came time to fight back against Nick Goode, she didn't hesitate. She also even went back to see Mary Lane to try and give her closure.

Josh was certainly one of the heroes of the story but it was more than that. He was the smart one who came up with many of the plans, had an adorable crush on Kate, and at the end of everything, refused to back down and let his sister become a victim of the curse. Josh was the MVP of the three films.

Fear Street Part Three 1666 movie review: Netflix’s horror trilogy ends on a satisfying, emotional note

The Indian Express 19 July, 2021 - 08:00am

Fear Street Part Three: 1666 is the denouement of Netflix’s Fear Street Trilogy that was preceded by Fear Street Part One: 1994 and Fear Street Part Two: 1978, both of which were released this month. The movies are based on RL Stine’s eponymous book series.

Directed by Leigh Janiak, known for Scream (the TV series), the story is set in an ominously named town Shadyside that has been haunted by brutal murders for decades, perhaps centuries.

There is an ancient evil curse or a mental health epidemic that turns everyday people into crazed murders. A tale is told of a 17th-century witch called Sarah Fier who sold her soul to the devil and cursed the town before being hanged by the people of Union, the settlement that predated Shadyside.

The neighbouring town Sunnyvale, in comparison, is just like its name: sunny and happy.

The first film introduced Kiana Madeira’s Deena Johnson, her brother Josh (Benjamin Flores Jr), her on-and-off girlfriend Samantha Fraser, and her friends Kate and Simon. As strange things begin to happen in the town, including visions and resurrected murders, they band together to find out the origin of the horrors that have plagued Shadyside and root it out.

Each movie in the trilogy takes place in a different time period. While the first film was set in the 1990s, the second film took place in 1978. Fear Street Part Three: 1666 traces the beginning of evil in Shadyside.

The trilogy as a whole tells a cohesive, compelling story from start to finish. It is also an earnest love letter to popular works of horror from the late last century, most notably slasher movies like Halloween and Stephen King’s It and Carrie. It is similar to Netflix’s own Stranger Things in this regard, but unlike Duffer Brothers’ series, it does not just make you sentimental about your childhood. It also updates the tropes and has more to offer than just nostalgic references.

But it is Fear Street Part Three: 1666 that the trilogy really shines. The film is a horror fan’s delight with a tone that switches effortlessly between humorous and poignant, and an absolutely riveting third act that somehow manages to end the movie with sincerity and is still brimming with the campy fun of likes of The Goonies.

Leigh Janiak, who has also co-written the trilogy, clearly has a keen sense of horror and uses practical effects wherever possible. There are very few computer-generated visual effects in the entire trilogy, perhaps due to the film’s limited budget, and it actually works in favour of the story and experience.

The biggest reason that the trilogy works so well in my opinion, apart from writing and direction, is the acting. Every single actor, young or old, appears to be perfectly cast and gives their all. The performances go a long way in making the story immersive.

No horror fan worth their salt should miss this trilogy. Keep in mind that none of the three films can or should be watched as a standalone story. Consider the films as individual episodes of a miniseries.

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'Fear Street Part 3: 1666': What Is the Origin of the Shadyside Curse?

Showbiz Cheat Sheet 19 July, 2021 - 08:00am

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[Spoiler warning: This article contains spoilers for Fear Street Part 3: 1666.]

When it comes to solving a mystery, the most obvious answer is typically the one to overlook. That’s why Fear Street fan theories wondered if Sarah Fier was truly the one causing the Shadyside killings. Fear Street Part 3: 1666 confirmed suspicions that Sarah might not be behind the curse after all. In fact, the film reveals that the Shadyside Witch was merely a convenient scapegoat for the actual killer.

Sarah takes the blame for the Shadyside curse for a couple of reasons. The first is that she’s caught romantically entangled with Hannah Miller (Olivia Scott Welch), something her neighbors deem sinful. This provides the perfect opportunity for the trilogy’s actual villain to dump the blame on Sarah and Hannah — and he does.

The second reason Sarah’s name becomes associated with the Shadyside killings is that she confesses. In a last-ditch effort to prevent Hannah from hanging alongside her, Sarah owns up to being the Shadyside Witch. This saves her love, but it results in the curse continuing — if only because no one knows who’s really behind it.

In addition to revealing that Sarah is innocent, Fear Street Part 3: 1666 also divulges the true origin of the Shadyside curse. The man who framed Sarah for the atrocities that took place in 1666 is Solomon Goode (Ashley Zukerman), the ancestor of Sheriff Nick Goode (also played by Ashley Zukerman).

The third film sees Solomon killing an elderly woman who lives just outside of town and stealing her book of witchcraft in order to make a deal with the devil. In exchange for the soul of one Shadysider every few years, Solomon can have whatever he wants — as can his descendants, assuming they carry on the curse.

The names engraved into the wall beneath Union (and eventually Camp Nightwing) represent the soul that’s sacrificed. Of course, that sacrifice comes with possession and countless other lives being taken, making the bargain even more sinister than it originally sounds.

Solomon created the curse and blamed Sarah for everything that followed. However, his heirs continue his work, making Nick Goode responsible for the murders at Camp Nightwing and the ones taking place during the present-day storyline.

The reason Sarah shows visions to the characters throughout the three films is because she vows to haunt Shadyside and the Goodes until the truth comes out. “The truth shall be your curse,” she tells Solomon. “It will follow you for eternity. I will shadow you forever.”

Fear Street Part 3: 1666 sees Deena (Kiana Madeira) and her friends breaking the Shadyside curse once and for all. Given that the massacres are connected to the Goodes, the only way to end the carnage is to kill the person currently controlling it. To make that happen, the group sets a trap for Sheriff Goode and his undead henchmen in Shadyside’s mall.

While things don’t go exactly as planned, Deena and Sam eventually succeed in killing the Sheriff. In part, that’s thanks to some interference from Sarah, who tells Deena to make him touch the Devil’s Stone. The distraction provides an opening for the girls to strike. When they do, things almost instantly return to normal, with the Devil’s Stone melting and the undead disappearing into thin air.

With the curse gone and the truth unearthed, it seems Shadyside might be able to take a break from all the tragedy. Sarah Fier can also rest now that someone knows the truth of the Shadyside curse — although the end-credits scene suggests it may not be the last curse to haunt the small Ohio town.

Fear Street 4 on Netflix: All you need to know

digitalspy.com 19 July, 2021 - 07:24am

There are plans for an MCU of horror.

Fear Street has now completed its trilogy and revealed all about the curse that had haunted Shadyside for centuries, but is this really the end?

The credits of Fear Street Part 3: 1666 had a final shocker in store for fans as we saw the widow's book of spells being taken by somebody. It's a fair bet that the book was taken by somebody with knowledge of what it could do, namely make a deal with the Devil to get anything you want, so Shadyside might not be free just yet.

Talking to Collider, Leigh Janiak – who directed and co-wrote all three movies – confirmed that the credits scene isn't just a fun beat for fans, they do "have ideas" for how Fear Street can continue past this trilogy.

Those ideas might include Janiak's vision to turn the series into a horror version of the MCU, given that there's a lot of source material to draw from in RL Stine's books and a way to spin out from the original story in the trilogy.

"You have the canon of our main mythology that's built around the fact that the devil lives in Shadyside, so there's also room for everything else... I think that my hope is that audiences like it enough that we can start building out [more], we can think about what another trilogy would be, what standalones would be, what TV would be.

"I don't even think about it like TV or movies exactly anymore. That's the great thing about Netflix and about what Fear Street is, which is kind of a hybrid new thing. I'm excited about the possibility of what else can happen."

Each part of the trilogy has been Netflix's most-watched movie globally in the weekend of its release, so it certainly looks from the outside as though Fear Street has been a hit for the streaming service.

As a result, nothing has been officially confirmed yet by Netflix, but we can certainly speculate on what Fear Street Part 4 would look like, if it was officially confirmed.

The original trilogy was filmed back-to-back from March-September 2019 ahead of a planned June 2020 release in cinemas.

Netflix then bought the trilogy when the movies were pulled from the release schedule as a result of the ongoing global situation. The trilogy finally debuted on July 2, July 9 and July 16, around a year after the planned initial release.

Of course, if they decide to go for the TV series route for the next Fear Street instalment, that'll affect production times and we might be waiting a bit longer.

If the next Fear Street instalment picks up directly from the cliffhanger of the third movie, there's only a handful of characters who could return.

The main characters alive at the end of Part 3 are Deena (Kiana Madeira), Sam (Olivia Scott Welch), Ziggy (Gillian Jacobs), Josh (Benjamin Flores Jr), Martin (Darrell Britt-Gibson) and Mrs Lane (Jordana Spiro).

"I really started getting excited about a '50s slasher movie, which I haven't really seen and what that means," she told IndieWire. "It's just cool to think about the different eras and what's possible as a horror fan."

A different era might not rule out return appearances though as we saw in Part 3 when the trilogy went all the way back to 1666.

Netflix's Fear Street trilogy is a motley of gore and nostalgia as told through an endearing cast of teenage rebels-Entertainment News , Firstpost

Firstpost 18 July, 2021 - 11:16pm

Still from Fear Street Part Two: 1978

Like fresh entrails sewn into an old skeleton, the Fear Street trilogy is a new creature. Released on Netflix on consecutive Fridays, the movies that make up the event straddle the line between weekly television and cinematic franchise.

This Grand Guignol was an ambitious experiment for the streamer, and it mostly succeeds: Fear Street, an engaging and scrappy mini-franchise, plays like Scream meets Stranger Things built on a supernatural premise sturdy enough to sustain interest and suspense over nearly six hours.

Based on books by RL Stine, the Fear Street movies take place in side-by-side suburbs. Shadyside is drab and dejected, full of cynical kids who work hard and play harder. Nearby, a golden glow falls over sublime Sunnyvale, Shadyside’s richer, snootier neighbor. General ill will divides the towns. But there is a darker pattern at play. Every few decades, Shadyside is the site of a mass murder, and each time, the killer is an apparently stable resident who just seems to snap.

Part One: 1994 opens on one such slaughter. In a lurid mall after hours, we meet our first victim in Heather (Maya Hawke), who makes an impression, although she does not survive long. The story pivots to follow the hero of the trilogy, Deena (Kiana Madeira, with a bite), a cynical high schooler going through a painful breakup with Sam (Olivia Scott Welch). Bitter, but with lingering tender feelings, Deena soon discovers that a drove of zombies is after her ex. And when efforts to involve the Sunnyside police — including the snidely named Sheriff Goode (Ashley Zukerman) — prove futile, Deena vows to protect Sam herself. Her nerdy little brother, Josh (Benjamin Flores Jr), and some friends, Kate (Julia Rehwald) and Simon (Fred Hechinger), tag along to run interference.

The Fear Street universe’s rules of zombie conduct are not especially consistent. Sometimes a mere trace of blood is enough to allow the menaces to sniff out their prey and pounce. In other scenes, they take ages to track down their teenage targets — long enough, say, for a pair of exes to make up and make out. More methodical are the forces behind the zombies’ reanimation. Deena discovers that the undead killers are Shadyside’s deceased mass murderers. And then there is the 17th-century witch, Sarah Fier, who possesses their corpses and orders them to strike from beyond the grave. Why Sarah is holding a centuries-long grudge against Shadyside is one of the mysteries powering Deena’s journey.

Leigh Janiak, who directed the trilogy and co-wrote the three screenplays, has deftly adapted Stine’s stories for the screen. Using an abundance of playful genre tropes, Janiak gives the movies a stylised energy. Motifs accompany overt references to classic horror movies, as when Simon cites a survival strategy he learned from Poltergeist. His borrowed idea turns out to be a bust, inspiring Deena to proclaim that their emergency “is not like the movies.”

The line nods to the audience, but, in a way, Deena is right. Fear Street feels different. The trilogy eschews the doom-and-gloom sobriety of recent horror successes such as Bird Box and A Quiet Place, or the nihilism of The Purge franchise. Shadyside and Sunnyvale represent opposite poles, but Fear Street is not an allegory about suburban privilege dressed up in blood and guts. More so, it is a motley of gore and nostalgia as told through an endearing cast of teenage rebels.

These strengths are best displayed in Part Two: 1978, the strongest of the trilogy. While Part One drips with ’90s artifacts, including grunge outfits and Pixies mixtapes, Part Two takes a luscious trip back in time to a summer at Camp Nightwing. Campers donning short shorts crowd into cabin bunks while counselors just a few years older smoke pot and hook up to a soundtrack of The Runaways’ Cherry Bomb.

This part of the story centers on two sisters spending a summer at Nightwing: Ziggy (Sadie Sink), a sneering misfit camper, and the elder Cindy (Emily Rudd), a priggish, type-A counselor. Think Wet Hot American Summer infused with the macabre. The place gets especially gruesome once the sun sets and a killer — again, a Shadysider accursed — turns colour war into a red rampage. Carnage and a series of close calls follow, but the change in scenery ensures that Part Two never feels like a clone of Part One. The actors help: The combined talents of Sink, Rudd and Ryan Simpkins, as Cindy’s co-counselor Alice, raise the tension by a few notches.

The final instalment, Part Three: 1666, backpedals to an even earlier time, bringing us to the village of Sarah Fier. In a stage-drama surprise, many of the actors from Part One and Two return in new, 17th-century roles, sporting colonial rags and period speech that nobody quite pulls off. Here, there is less to propel the action, and lacking in pop artifacts, lingo or fashion trends, Janiak struggles to re-create the fizzy and fun tone she achieved in the earlier movies. No matter. There are wicked mysteries to be solved, and by Part Three, you feel safe following these survivors wherever they go.

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Fear Street Part 3 Explains What REALLY Happened to Sarah Fier's Body

CBR - Comic Book Resources 18 July, 2021 - 10:45am

Fear Street Part 2: 1978 explained that the only way that Sara Fier’s curse could be broken was for her hand to be reunited with her body. Cindy and Ziggy attempted this after Alice had found the witch’s hand in the tunnels beneath Camp Nightwing. However, they failed because Fier’s body was not beneath the Hanging Tree like everyone believed. Clearly, someone had moved the body at some point, and Fear Street Part 3: 1666 finally clears up the mystery.

Part 3 of the Fear Street trilogy flipped everything on its head. After 300 years of buildup, the truth was revealed that Sara Fier was not the demon-summoning, innocent-people-possessing witch everyone thought she was. Turns out that Solomon Goode, Sheriff Nick Goode's ancestor, was the one who summoned the Devil to gain power and create success for himself.

Sarah quickly confesses to a crime she did not commit so that she can save Hannah, her lover, from also being hanged. After Sarah's death -- even though they didn’t know the truth about Solomon Goode -- all of Sarah’s friends believed that she was innocent. Later, after Sarah's buried in a shallow grave beneath the Hanging Tree, her friends return to mourn her and pay their respects.

Sarah’s friends also mark the lock on her chains with the name Fier so that anyone who might find her would know who she was. They also left a garland of red moss around her head which grew exponentially as the years went by, symbolizing Sarah and Hannah’s undying love for each other. As a final act, Sarah’s friends engraved a rock with the words “The witch forever lives.” In doing so, they kept others off their trail, because if anyone discovered the missing body, they would see the rock and assume that the witch had cheated death and resurrected her own body -- which fit in rather well with the lies that Solomon Goode began to tell.

Netflix's thrilling Fear Street trilogy, based on the works of R.L. Stine, stars Sadie Sink, Kiana Madeira and Gillian Jacobs. Part 1: 1994, Part 2: 1978 and Part 2: 1666 are all available to stream on Netflix.

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