Where is Fear Street filmed?
In March 2019, filming began in Atlanta and East Point, Georgia. Several vacant storefronts in the North DeKalb Mall in Georgia were renovated so that they could be used for filming. wikipedia.orgFear Street Part One: 1994
How many Fear Street movies are there?
The Fear Street Trilogy is a horror film series based on R. L. Stine's book series of the same name. The three films were shot back-to-back and released weekly on Netflix in July 2021. wikipedia.orgThe Fear Street Trilogy (film series)
As you all know, I was super excited for the second film in Netflix’s horror trilogy to drop for fans Friday, and it didn’t disappoint at all. (REVIEW: ‘Westworld’ Season 3 Ends With The Possible Deaths Of Multiple Characters)
After some wings and a few cold Miller Lights, my girlfriend and I fired up “Fear Street Part 2: 1978” to find out the next chapter of the saga with Sarah Frier’s reign of terror over the residents of Shadyville and Sunnyvale.
The second film transports viewers to a summer camp in 1978 as we learn more about the curse haunting residents.
Without spoiling anything, I will say that “1978” was an awesome movie. Was it as great as “1994”? No, but I still enjoyed every second of it.
There were a bunch of awesome kills, the suspense was incredible, the plot was super fun and I literally have no complaints at all.
Now, we have one movie left, and I can’t wait to see what we get with “Fear Street Part 3: 1666.” If it’s anything like the first two movies, we’re in for a wild time.
You can catch it starting next Friday on Netflix. The streaming giant deserves a huge pat on the back for successfully hitting a home run with this incredibly ambitious project.
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11 July, 2021 - 06:00am
Well, for starters, I think they need to plan some standalone movies and traditional franchises, rather than a series of interconnected films from different eras, featuring different casts and styles. Don't get me wrong, I admire the ambition behind the Fear Street trilogy and think that overall, these three movies turned out to be a successful experiment in terms of both genre content and release strategy. The buzz is definitely strong out there among my fellow genre fans, but Netflix may want to mine individual titles for solo films going forward. That said, given my own personal Stine fandom, I think it would be smarter to combine certain titles with similar settings and themes, which is how I approached this list of five directions that Netflix should take the Fear Street franchise next.
The first two kinds of Fear Street books that came to mind were vacation-themed stories set on either the beach or some kind of skiing trip. Setting and atmosphere are an important part of horror movies and Stine has always had a knack for capturing the odd feeling of being in a new place, a feeling that kept readers on their toes and would likely do the same for viewers, I imagine. So the beach and the snow prevailed, as did two of Stine's most popular series -- the super-chiller Cheerleaders stories and The Babysitter books that aren't part of the Fear Street franchise. My last slot went to Stine's holiday-themed books, which seemed like they'd fit well serving a single story while offering up their own individual strengths and iconography.
Without further ado, here's where my imagination led me, guided by Stine's macabre hand, which certainly helped shape my love of horror movies as a kid.
See, Ski Weekend follows best friends Ariel Munroe, Doug Mahr and Shannon Harper, who become stranded in a blizzard and are saved by a strange man named Red, who guides them to a hilltop ski resort -- only in this movie, Red takes them to the luxury ski condo from Truth or Dare. They proceed to play that same game, which Red and his fellow hosts quickly make uncomfortable, and it soon becomes clear that their snowy refuge is a trap of sorts. As the night progresses, the game becomes deadly, and panic soon sets in as Doug's car disappears and no one can get any cell phone service. But hey, at least the house is full of guns. Will Ariel, Doug and Shannon escape and live to ski another day, or will they be forced to turn on each other in a battle to survive against all odds?
Wanna know how I'd make this movie if I were an exec? Well, first I'd cast Netflix darling Noah Centineo as Doug, and I'd cast Whitney Peak (Gossip Girl) and Emilia Jones (CODA) as Ariel and Shannon. That's a solid young cast right there, and then I'd pay Michael Shannon a few million to play Red before calling it a day because that package should be enough for a greenlight, baby!
In fact, let me tell you exactly how to do this. You start with the basic premise for The Dead Lifeguard. It's about a bunch of young lifeguards at the North Beach Country Club, which some say is cursed. Sure enough, lifeguards begin to die one by one as evil stalks them... from above. That's right, the villains here are vampires -- the bats flying over the beach in Stine's Goodnight Kiss, and the dead lifeguards are April and Todd from that story. But we don't know that vampires are behind the murders right away. No, the first two deaths are initially ruled to be fatal accidents. It's Claudia, the protagonist from Sunburn, who suspects something else is going on while visiting her friend Marla's beach house for the week.
Claudia and Marla team up with Matt from Goodnight Kiss -- who we'll make the head lifeguard here -- and together they track down the vampires, who can either be Marla herself (in a surprise twist) or Party Summer protagonist Taylor and her three friends, which would make this one something of a gender-swapped take on The Lost Boys. The vampires could even "hang out" beneath the town's deserted motel, the infamous Howling Wolf Inn from Party Summer, where the mysterious owner (possibly the main vampire?) allows them to stay. There's an epic confrontation between the bloodsuckers and the surviving lifeguards, who use their training to defeat evil. But is it once and for all? That's for Netflix to decide!
I'll leave the casting up to Netflix as well, though I will say this -- they need to make either David Hasselhoff or Pamela Anderson the Drew Barrymore of this movie and kill off the lifeguards' beloved boss in the opening scene. That's what would get people talking. And again, the title is totally open for debate! I only love it if you love it, right?
The Babysitter, not to be confused with the Netflix movie starring Samara Weaving or the 1995 Alicia Silverstone movie, follows a 16-year-old babysitter who starts receiving menacing phone calls from someone whose twisted motives appear to be driven by past trauma they've attributed to an inattentive babysitter. A sequel could move things from high school to college, where Jenny starts seeing a psychiatrist at the university hospital due to her continuing nightmares. Jenny has allowed herself to start dating again, but she's reluctant to take a new babysitter job even though she could use the money. Eventually, she relents, and the threatening calls begin again. Is the culprit Jenny's new boyfriend, her shrink, or someone else entirely? Of course, by the third film, Jenny herself becomes a suspect, which would be understandable given the trauma associated with multiple attempts on her life -- a route I've been waiting for the Scream franchise to go with Neve Campbell's Sydney Prescott.
I know there's a fourth Babysitter book but Stine starts to veer into the supernatural there, and that's not what this series is. We talk about movies like Knives Out and Murder on the Orient Express when we talk about murder mysteries, but slasher movies are the best kind of murder mysteries, and that's the fun of this franchise -- who is the villain in The Babysitter, and did that person survive the first film, or is someone new stalking poor Jenny? And has she cracked by the third film? Is it all in her head, Never Talk to Strangers-style, or is there actually someone after her again? Netflix execs need to be looking into this series because there's a way to do this that could be very cool.
The sequel would delve deeper into the spirit's mythology and would follow only one of the Corcoran sisters, who remains haunted by the other's death. The sisters can still communicate with each other in dreams, so this movie would be a bit more fantastical than the first film, though, by the end, the surviving sister's cheerleading teammates come to believe her incredible story of a supernatural evil unleashed with a score to settle. Yes, the same evil that killed Sarah Fear (as it was originally spelled, I believe), the character at the center of Netflix's new Fear Street trilogy.
As for a third film, I'll let the data dictate the story points there, but rest assured, there is plenty more evil where The First Evil and The Second Evil came from. Oh, and First, Second and Third are actually kind of boring titles, so you could just call the second film The New Evil and the third film The Evil Lives! But let's not get ahead of ourselves, shall we? How much does the title even matter when you've got cheerleaders shaking bloody pom-poms and back-breaking carnage on the football field... and that's just the halftime show I'm talking about. There's also a gnarly shower scene in these books that finds one girl in very hot water, shall we say? It's pretty gross, but as we've seen from the first two Fear Street films streaming now, these movies are willing to go there.
Let's start there. Silent Night follows a rich, spoiled young woman named Reva who becomes the target of a stalker in the run-up to Christmas. The sequel picks up one year later and sees her kidnapped, while the final book presents an array of suspects as Reva's fashion show is sabotaged and she's targeted once again for murder.
So you take that general structure and combine it with the prank element from both The New Year's Party and The Wrong Number. Reva and her friends played a fatal prank on a classmate named P.J. at a Halloween party (from, yes, the Halloween Party) and now her friends (Josie and Melissa from Broken Hearts) start dying all around her. Meanwhile, in place of the threatening valentines from Broken Hearts, Reva could begin receiving anonymous "gifts" in the 12 days leading up to Christmas. It's a simple matter of mixing and matching. And though I could tell you who the killer is in my version, I won't, since Netflix takes its spoilers very seriously. Let's just say I see this as Netflix's version of I Know What You Did Last Summer but set in the winter. Genius, I know. Now pay me millions of dollars and let's keep this Fear Street momentum going, gang! For there's no better time than the present to mine the Stine!
11 July, 2021 - 02:56am
A killer is on the loose in the film trilogy Fear Street. But not only does this Netflix horror extravaganza leave a significant amount of blood in its wake, it also sprays the screen with a gusher of pop culture references.
Set mostly in the fictional town Shadyside and based on the books by R.L. Stine, the trilogy weaves through multiple decades, with one film steeped in the mall and high school culture of 1994, another set in 1978 at summer camp and a third starting in 1666 when the town was a village. The trilogy speeds through characters, moods and genres, including teen romance and full-on slasher. The movies, on some level, are like a Netflix algorithm of styles, all wrapped up in a bingeable package.
Amid the many twists and turns, the films track the town and the outsize murder problem it has had for generations. Is witchcraft involved? Could it be Satan? Or are people just mean? Director Leigh Janiak aims to keep audiences on their toes, while also leaving them humming catchy tunes and thinking about both Halloween and “Halloween.”
Below is a look at 10 influences that horror and comedy buffs alike may spot.
In the first film, set in 1994, mall culture (B. Dalton included) is alive and well. So is just about every song a teenager or college student might have listened to at the time. The needle drops bounce from Nine Inch Nails to Bush to, damn, even Sophie B. Hawkins. The songs are used somewhat the way Quentin Tarantino might: to project the thoughts of characters, including the lead, Deena (Kiana Madeira), who is introduced in a moment of discontent with Garbage’s “I’m Only Happy When It Rains.”
While there’s no DeLorean here, the adventurous spirit and the way revelations are understood across decades are reminiscent of Robert Zemeckis’ Back to the Future movies. The third installment in both trilogies hurtles us quite a ways back — to the Wild West in Back to the Future and to the 17th-century season of the witch in Fear Street.
While the Fear Street movies dive into all kinds of supernatural lore, the most visceral elements of menace involve knives and axes. The 1978 summer-camp setting can’t help but remind us of some good old-fashioned Friday the 13th Crystal Lake mayhem. The Netflix entry ticks off some creative kills that would make both Jason from those movies and Michael Myers of Halloween proud.
There is a bit of a “meddling kids” aspect to Fear Street, with a group of outsiders coming together to solve age-old mysteries. When the characters are researching the history of the town and its often-unsolved murders, you can feel Daphne and Fred of Scooby-Doo hovering just outside the frame. Deena gives off Velma vibes, and the movie has its own Shaggy in the character of Simon (Fred Hechinger), a slacker and trickster who finds himself in a few Zoinks! moments.
Recent years have brought a handful of solemn period romances with women at their center, like Portrait of a Lady on Fire and Ammonite. The trend has been notable enough to be parodied on Saturday Night Live. Add Fear Street to the list with the emerging relationship between Sarah Fier (also played by Madeira) and Hannah Miller (Olivia Scott Welch) in 1666. The two keep their passions secret, but their chemistry is as strong as the period accents.
While there’s not an ’80s entry in the series, John Hughes’ influence is hard to shake here, as Fear Street elevates the misfits, putting them front and center. With her disaffected, one-hand-in-her-pocket outlook, Deena brings to mind Allison Reynolds, Ally Sheedy’s downbeat character from The Breakfast Club. And the bookish gamer Josh (Benjamin Flores Jr.) in Fear Street has much in common with the Hughes creation Brian Johnson, played with classic geekiness by Anthony Michael Hall.
A staple of the horror world, possession — by spirits, witches or something worse — can add an interesting wrinkle to a narrative. How can you reason with a killer if they are possessed? (Answer: you cannot.) Fear Street has fun with this premise, converting some characters from harmless one moment to bloodthirsty the next.
In the 1978 installment, the bloody prom prank from Stephen King’s novel (and subsequent Brian De Palma film) factors into the plot with the ridiculed-but-resilient Ziggy Berman (Sadie Sink), who seeks revenge on those who have wronged her. But in “Fear Street,” pig’s blood is replaced with a much more squirm-inducing alternative. Nonetheless, Ziggy harbors Carrie qualities, as an outsider who frequently faces the derision of other campers and constructs ways to fight back. She doesn’t have to turn up the revenge quite to Carrie levels, though. The killer on the rampage can do that.
While the 1978 installment has its share of vengeance and slashery, there are plenty of buoyant moments, too. With its short shorts, rowdy counselors and wacky shenanigans, the film owes plenty to comedies like Ivan Reitman’s Meatballs, David Wain’s Wet Hot American Summer and Ron Maxwell’s Little Darlings.
Janiak, the director, has said that her shooting style for the 1666 installment was inspired by Terrence Malick’s The New World. Indeed, some of the open-air ensemble scenes conjure thoughts of that 2005 drama about the founding of Jamestown. But the rural setting, the early English accents and the looming threats of witchcraft more quickly bring to mind The Witch, Robert Eggers’ meticulous and sober 2016 horror mystery. With grubby, candlelit interiors and a dark yet chilling relationship to animals (this time, some unpleasant dealings with a pig rather than Eggers’ use of a creepy goat), this Fear Street entry makes 17th-century living look painstaking and bleak.
10 July, 2021 - 04:12pm
After Deena and Josh rather rudely break into C. Berman's house and manage to transfer a tied-up Sam to her bathroom, they sit down to hear the full story of Berman's own encounter with the witch. Camp Nightwing used to exist on the grounds of the Shadyside Mall, which was built after the 1978 massacre in a (failed) attempt to bury the bloody past. The camp was attended by children from both Shadyside and its neighboring town Sunnyvale, which is as wealthy and prosperous as Shadyside is riddled with bad luck, poverty and tragedy.
C. Berman ultimately escapes Camp Nightwing with her life at the end of Fear Street Part 2: 1978, but her sister and their Shadyside friends aren't so lucky. Here are the biggest reveals and lingering questions of the movie's ending, and how they set up the final pieces of the puzzle in Fear Street Part 3: 1666.
Alice and Cindy's investigation reveals that Shadyside and Sunnyvale were once a single colonial settlement called Union. After Sarah Fier was hanged as a witch in 1666, Union split into two towns that had very different fortunes. The Goode family ended up on the Sunnyvale side, and in the 1994 setting Nick Goode is the local sheriff and his brother, Will Goode, is the mayor. The Goode family is very wealthy, and was responsible for building the Shadyside Mall on the old camp grounds. An ancestor of the Goodes, Solomon Goode, is set to play a pivotal role in Fear Street Part 3: 1666, and the final chapter of the trilogy can be expected to explain why Sunnyvale was able to escape the Shadyside curse.
At first it appears that the mark left upon the land is the carving on the floor, but after being chased into a tunnel by the now-murderous Tommy, Cindy and Alice realize that the true witch's mark manifested as a network of tunnels that span the entire camp grounds. At the heart of this mark is an unpleasant pulsating mass of flesh, which is where Sarah Fier's undead henchmen emerge from. Basically, Shadyside is sitting on a Hellmouth.
When Alice touches the unholy mound of flesh, the dark shape of another handprint can be seen beside her own hand, indicating that this is the true "Satan's stone" that Sarah Fier placed her hand on before she cut it off. The skeletal remains of Sarah's hand are still hidden in the tunnels of the witch's mark, and when Alice realizes that Sarah's body is what causes the mysterious red moss to grow, she is able to dig the hand out of where the red moss is thickest. Knowing that the rest of Sarah's body was buried underneath the hanging tree, Ziggy and Cindy believe they can finally break the curse by reuniting Sarah's body with her hand - but there's a problem.
Fear Street Part 1: 1994 already hinted that Sarah Fier has a living follower in the present day, who is helping her maintain her grip on Shadyside. After Sam managed to cheat the killers with her temporary death, the movie showed someone in the basement of Sarah Fier's house performing the ritual for Sam's possession. This same person could have moved her body from its original resting place in order to stymie any efforts to reunite the body with the hand and end Sarah Fier's evil influence once and for all.
This mystery could be connected to the unanswered question of why Sunnyvale has escaped the curse. In Fear Street Part 2: 1978, Nick Goode feels weighed down by the responsibility of carrying on his father's legacy - as the chief of police, but also potentially in other ways. Perhaps members of the Goode family offer their services to the undead Sarah Fier in exchange for being spared from her curse. Or perhaps Sarah, like Deena, was persecuted because of a forbidden love affair, and it was her lover who moved her body after her death. The spelling of "wytch" and the undisturbed grass beneath the hanging tree both indicate that whoever left the stone in Sarah Fier's grave did so a very, very long time ago.
C. Berman's first initial led Deena and Josh (and the audience) to believe that Cindy was the Berman sister who survived the Camp Nightwing massacre. However, the ending of Fear Street Part 2: 1978 reveals that Ziggy's real name is Christine, and she is the C. Berman who escaped Sarah Fier and went on to live a miserable, paranoid existence in terror of the day that the witch would return for her. With a possessed Sam now inside her house, that day may have arrived.
There may be more to it than simply telling a story, though. Parts of the local legend about Sarah Fier have already proven to be misleading; temporarily killing Sam didn't stop Sarah from following her, so exorcising Sarah probably won't be as simple as reuniting her hand with her body. If Sarah Fier or her followers helped to shape the lore of the witch that all Shadysiders grow up knowing, then Sarah could have manipulated events to make Deena think she was defeating the witch, when actually she was playing right into her hands (so to speak). Rather than getting rid of Sarah permanently, Deena may have accidentally invited the witch into her own body so that she can live again in the 21st century. Whatever the truth is, it will finally be resolved next week with the release of Fear Street Part 3: 1666.
10 July, 2021 - 01:05pm
In Fear Street Part 2: 1978, we get full insight into the havoc wreaked at Camp Nightwing, acting as a precursor to the gory murders in Part 1: 1994. This chapter reveals the truth about the axe-wielding slasher and how he became another pawn, possessed by the witch, Sarah Fier, to continue her blood vendetta against Shadyside.
With that in mind, as a camp counselor gets chosen to carry out these savage kills -- besides the slew of minor teen campers he guts -- let's break down the main, named victims of this massacre.
This leads to the quartet visiting the house and ending up in Sarah's underground lair. Sadly, Sarah's spirit takes ahold of Tommy there and he grabs the first weapon available on the wall -- the axe. He then crushes it into Arnie's skull repeatedly, sending the girls running for their lives.
It unfortunately ends in tragedy for him, because right after his prisoners escape, Tommy arrives, and while we don't explicitly see it, he takes an axe to the boy. It's heartbreaking as the seniors did love Jeremy for the heart and kindness he had.
It leads to sex, but when Kurt heads out for a smoke afterwards, Tommy arrives at the bunk and smashes the axe across Joan's chest and her jaw. He splits her open and she bleeds out, poking fun at the horror trope that those who fornicate end up dead.
Gary's there in shock over finding Ziggy accosting a bully, Sheila, and he's now left trying to pull Alice up via rope. But in the midst of all this, the awkward, likeable Gary is stunned to see Tommy walking in with a crazed look. Tommy quickly swings his axe and decapitates Gary clean with one shot, and as Alice falls back down, she pulls the headless corpse with her.
But just as they're about to set off to end the curse -- after an inspirational speech about how this gives her tragic life meaning after losing so many family members -- Alice turns around only to instantly be killed by an axe shot to the chest. Tommy's reconstituted himself and ends her in a split-second.
Sadly, Cindy and Ziggy find the tree to be a dud as there's no body present -- just a warning that Sarah's immortal. Cindy pleads with Ziggy to flee as the little sister bled on the hand and thus will be followed forever, but as they try to make a break for it, the slashers catch up. Cindy takes several axe blows to the chest from Tommy, which is poetic in a macabre way as they were in love before he became possessed.
Ziggy hated on her sister a lot in the film so it really hurt her seeing Cindy die first. The big twist, though, is that while it seems like Ziggy dies too, Nick Goode stumbles out of the camp, finds her and performs CPR. He helps revive her, but by that time the slashers are gone as her temporary death ended the hunt.