The Cast of Fear Street Play Horror Movie "Would You Rather"


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How many Fear Street movies are there?

Deena and her friends find themselves on the wrong side of an ancient curse as they unravel its mystery over three Fear Street movies, which Netflix has been releasing once a week this month. Hollywood ReporterHow ‘Fear Street’ Star Kiana Madeira Juggled Multiple Roles

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

This terrifying new horror movie just rocketed to #1 on Netflix

Yahoo Entertainment 15 July, 2021 - 06:44pm

This second installment in a three-part Netflix original horror trilogy, based on R.L. Stine’s book series, was reportedly filmed in the same camp setting that viewers saw in Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives. Not that it needs me or anyone else, mind you, to talk up connections like that to sell the movie to horror and slasher film fans. Indeed, following this Fear Street sequel’s debut on Netflix last week, it’s been the #1 movie on the streamer in the US for a few days now, as of the time of this writing.

This trilogy was originally meant to end up as a Fox property, but a Screenrant report notes that for myriad reasons including the coronavirus pandemic, it ended up being grabbed by Netflix. As far as the story, the trilogy also unfolds in something of a counterclockwise fashion.

The two sequels to the original movie — Fear Street Part One: 1994, which also debuted on the streamer in recent days — flow backward in time. Events start in 1994 in the town of Shadyside, then shift back to 1978. And then even farther back, still, for the third installment — to 1666. And the movies thus far have left viewers alternately shook as well as thoroughly entertained. Along those lines, you can check out some of the best reactions to the Fear Street movies so far in our earlier post here.

Netflix’s official description about Part Two reads as follows: “In the cursed town of Shadyside, a killer’s murder spree terrorizes Camp Nightwing and turns a summer of fun into a gruesome fight for survival.” Early reviews for this new installment in the trilogy have been strong. Per Rotten Tomatoes, Fear Street Part Two: 1978 has a 90% critics score and an 82% audience score on the review aggregation website. That’s based on 69 critics’ reviews and more than 250 audience ratings, respectively.

As far as some of the other new movies on Netflix that are being streamed the most right now? Here’s a snapshot of the streamer’s Top 10 movie ranking for Wednesday, July 14. Worth noting: Two of the Fear Street movies are in today’s top 3 for the US. Other top-streamed film titles on the site right now to potentially add to your own watchlist include:

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Fear Street Making Of Video Goes Inside Netflix's R.L. Stine Adaptation

Collider 15 July, 2021 - 06:44pm

Opening on Stine, legendary horror author and father of Goosebumps, the video outlines the history of his book series and how it relates to the three-film Netflix adaptation. Originally published from 1989 to 1999, with two revivals in 2005 and 2014, the Fear Street series has sold over eighty million copies, at one time being listed as the bestselling young-adult book series of all time. Originally, only one street in Shadyside, Ohio was cursed — the titular Fear Street — as opposed to the whole town, as seen in the films. “I’ve killed off a lot of teenagers in Fear Street,” Stine says, looking unsettlingly amused.

Also featured is writer and director Leigh Janiak, whom the original Fear Street series had quite the impact on. Janiak speaks about paying homage to different eras of horror in her trilogy, from the classic Friday the 13th-style slasher film to period horror and ‘fun’ slashers, and how her trilogy encompasses everything that makes horror an exciting genre. “Anything that you could think of,” she says. “Scary, creepy, bloody... it all happens in Fear Street.”

The video then goes on to feature the cast of all three films, breaking down the mythology behind the trilogy: that Shadyside was cursed in the seventeenth century by a vengeful witch who sought to bring pain and destruction to the town for the rest of time, manifesting her wicked spirit into innocent people to force them to commit violent crimes. The trilogy is tied together by a group of young teenagers striving to break the curse, and send Sarah Fier’s spirit back from whence it came.

“People are drawn to Fear Street mainly for the surprises,” says Stine, and that is certainly what this Netflix adaptation has to offer. With no real footage from Part Three: 1666 included in the featurette (at least, none we haven’t seen already), audiences have no idea what to expect from the final third in the trilogy, leaving Janiak and the cast wide open to leave viewers shaking in their shoes.

The Fear Street trilogy is directed by Janiak, who co-wrote the screenplays with Phil Graziadei and Kate Trefry. The trilogy is produced by Janiak, Kori Adelson, Peter Chernin, David Ready, and Jenno Topping. Fear Street Parts One and Two — 1994 and 1978 — are available on Netflix now, and Part Three: 1666 premieres on July 16. Check out the full featurette below:

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Directed by Leigh Janiak (Honeymoon), R.L. Stine‘s Fear Street books come to the screen with Netflix’s Fear Street Trilogy, and the FINAL chapter of the trilogy is on the way tomorrow.

Bloody Disgusting has the following exclusive featurette, a lengthy 4-minute long look behind the scenes of the making of all three films with the entire cast and crew, not to mention author R.L. Stine: “I’ve killed off a lot of teenagers in ‘Fear Street’,” he jokes.

In the Fear Street trilogy, “In 1994, a group of teenagers discovers that the terrifying events that have haunted their town for generations may all be connected — and that they may be the next targets. The trilogy follows the nightmare through Shadyside’s sinister history.”

Having started in 1994 and digressed into 1978, Fear Street Part 3: 1666 finishes out the trilogy on July 16 when the origins of Sarah Fier’s curse are finally revealed as history comes full circle on a night that changes the lives of Shadysiders forever.

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Review: 'Fear Street Part 3: 1666’ pulls off a magic trick: It's the best of the trilogy

Los Angeles Times 15 July, 2021 - 05:53pm

Whereas the first two “Fear Street” movies paid tribute to horror films from the eras in which they were set, “1666" is its own animal. Perhaps it contains echoes of “The Village” or “The Crucible,” but it doesn’t feel constrained by those parameters. Also, perhaps being forced to write outside of contemporary idioms reduced the third installment’s use of clichéd and clunky dialogue. There are fewer jump scares as well, series director and co-writer Leigh Janiak relying more on the creepiness of the setting and our involvement in the story than in parts 1 or 2. Because this was designed as a trilogy rather than a slasher film and its thrown-together sequels, the, um, stakes are considerably higher in Part 3.

“1666" picks up from the end of “Part 2: 1978,” when series lead Deena (Kiana Madeira) thought she was ending the Shadyside Witch’s curse but instead found herself somehow transported to the Witch’s/Sarah Fier’s time, seeing the world through her eyes and living in her body. At last, we learn the truth behind the Witch’s legend and the events leading to her death, but not in quickie-flashback treatment. Rather, the bulk of the film is set then, exploring the characters, their motivations and their world.

Don’t worry, there’s still evil magic and blood to come.

“1666" being set hundreds of years before the other two movies, we don’t get to see younger versions of the characters we’ve come to know. Rather, we see the actors from those previous films (especially “Part 1: 1994”) playing denizens at the time of the town’s founding, lending some instant context for characters and relationships.

Until the big set-piece climax, “1666" also has the lowest on-screen body count of the trilogy. Tension instead comes from the deadly event toward which we know Sarah Fier is inexorably being dragged, but with Deena trapped in her circumstance.

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Gillian Jacobs on ‘Fear Street’ Trilogy and ‘Love’ Revival Hopes

Hollywood Reporter 15 July, 2021 - 05:02pm

By Brian Davids

Growing up, Gillian Jacobs gravitated more towards R.L. Stine‘s Fear Street book series despite Stine’s other horror fiction series, Goosebumps, being significantly more popular. So when the opportunity came along to film a Fear Street movie trilogy all at once, Jacobs couldn’t resist, especially since her mysterious character, “C. Berman,” presented its own unique challenges. Teased throughout Fear Street Part 1: 1994, C. Berman’s voice is only heard on the other end of a phone call until Jacobs appears as the character in the bookends of Fear Street Part 2: 1978. Since her character becomes most prominent in Fear Street Part 3: 1666, Jacobs relied heavily on the 1978 rendition of her character (played by Sadie Sink) to inform her choices in the present.

“Everything that happens in the ’70s timeline has shaped who she is in the ’90s, so I absolutely focused on 1978,” Jacobs tells The Hollywood Reporter. “And it was great that I was able to read that script, so I knew what happened. Sadly, I wasn’t able to meet Sadie [Sink]. I only just met her at the premiere, actually. But she’s a tremendous actress, and I knew she was going to do an incredible job in the ’70s timeline of the character.”

Because 1978 introduced Sink as “Ziggy,” viewers immediately surmised that Emily Rudd’s Cindy Berman was Jacobs’ C. Berman in the present, but filmmaker Leigh Janiak utilized a bit of trickery as 1978‘s ending revealed that Ziggy’s real name is Christine Berman (aka 1994‘s C. Berman). Fortunately for Jacobs, the surprise wasn’t spoiled for her as she was able to learn which Berman sister she was playing from the script itself.

Jacobs is also reflecting on Love‘s Mickey Dobbs, which immediately followed her breakout role as Britta on Dan Harmon’s Community. While no discussions have taken place, the character means so much to Jacobs that she would return to Judd Apatow, Lesley Arfin and Paul Rust’s Netflix dramedy without a second’s hesitation.

“I would love to get a chance to play Mickey again, whether it be a movie or whatever,” Jacobs shares. “It’s not up to me, but I will say that I miss playing Mickey. I haven’t gotten that call yet, but it’s one I would love to get. That show was a profound experience in a lot of ways, and… it was very meaningful to me when we were making it.”

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I was more of a Fear Street kid than Goosebumps kid.

(Laughs.) Yeah, I loved Fear Street. So when I heard about this trilogy, I was really excited because I’d read a lot of the books as a kid.

(Laughs.) Yes, to the point that my mom actually got a job at Carnegie Mellon. If you worked there for a certain amount of time, you got a reduction in tuition for your kid. So, yes, it was that foregone of a conclusion. And then I really switched things up for my mother by going to Juilliard. (Laughs.)

I think they gave me all three scripts, but this was way back in 2019, so it’s not entirely clear in my memory. (Laughs.) But I think I was given at least one script, maybe all three.

Yeah, everything that happens in the ’70s timeline has shaped who she is in the ’90s, so I absolutely focused on 1978. And it was great that I was able to read that script, so I knew what happened. Sadly, I wasn’t able to meet Sadie. I only just met her at the premiere, actually. But she’s a tremendous actress, and I knew she was going to do an incredible job in the ’70s timeline of the character.

I think they saved the surprise for the script. That is my recollection right now, although I might not be remembering that accurately. But I think they let it be a reveal for me as I read the scripts.

(Laughs.) Lately, I’ve been doing the spelling bee on the New York Times website where you are given a certain number of letters and you have to try and make as many words as possible. That has become a ritual for me in the morning besides making coffee and watering plants. So not very exciting. (Laughs.)

(Laughs.) I have definitely eaten a lot of mac and cheese over the course of my lifetime. And I definitely remember renting lots of movies.

(Laughs.) I think it’s a bit more random than that, yes. I think this is my third major project with Netflix, and it’s been different every single time. With Love, I was attached to that before it sold to Netflix. With Ibiza, I knew that was for Netflix. And then the whole journey of this movie is that it was actually a Fox movie when we filmed it. So Netflix came in later.

I’ve only seen the first Back to the Future movie. (Laughs.)

(Laughs.) I’m sadly remiss. I have some viewing to do when we get off the phone.

It’s hard without giving too much away, right? I’ll just say I had so much fun filming the third movie.

Aww, I really do miss playing that character. So I would love to get a chance to play Mickey again, whether it be a movie or whatever. It’s not up to me, but I will say that I miss playing Mickey.

(Laughs.) I haven’t gotten that call yet, but it’s one I would love to get.

I am very open in asking for help from my co-stars, people on the set, the writers, directors. I’ll say, “I don’t know what I’m doing. Please tell me where I’m going wrong.” So everyone collectively helps me along the way. (Laughs.) I’m grateful for people’s generosity.

Yes, I’m not shooting this week, but the first season is shooting.

Absolutely. I’ve only gotten to work very little on the show. So I’m looking forward to going and getting to work more. But I feel so lucky to be a part of a project with such an unbelievable cast. It’s kind of extraordinary.

Yeah, we shot that one in the fall of 2019, I think. I’m a very lucky person when I think about all of the actors that I’ve gotten a chance to work with, and Chris Pine is right up there. I think he’s amazing. So that was just such a great experience working with him, and I loved that experience. I wish I could’ve had more scenes with him. (Laughs.) But I was very lucky.

Well, if you ever do watch Community, the paintball episodes were little mini action movies. So I got a week-long taste of being in an action movie directed by Justin Lin, which was a pretty cool experience. But I don’t know. What’s been fun about being in all different sorts of genres of movies and TV shows is that it stretches me as an actor. So I kind of want to do whatever I haven’t done recently. (Laughs.) That’s sort of my answer always. Something that feels new or different. I did this movie [Don’t Think Twice] with Mike Birbiglia a few years ago where I was part of an improv troupe. I had never really studied improv, and that movie required me to study improv and improvise and really be a part of an improv troupe, which was very intimidating to me. But I ultimately found it really exciting and fulfilling to challenge myself in that way. So those roles that really push you in a new direction as a performer can be unexpected, and I’m pretty open to whatever that might be next.

Oh, that is a great question. I think surprising myself constitutes a good day at work. In a scene, it’s whenever you can feel like you gave a performance that you didn’t anticipate, but feels right for the scene, the character, the story and everything. It’s those moments where you just feel so in the moment with your co-star, and you feel so in alignment with the character, the director and the writer, and you can surprise yourself. I think that’s really exhilarating.

I’m very open. I’ve had great luck with TV shows, as I’ve gotten to play amazing characters on shows that really seem to resonate with people. So if something comes along that feels like that, I’d love to do it.

Ooh, I have never thought about that. Hmm, I don’t have a good answer for you off the bat on that one. But have you ever seen the documentary American Movie?

That, to me, is one of my favorite documentaries about the making of something. So I have to think of an answer. Can we come back to this question?

You’ve done your research! (Laughs.) Yes, I do love Bergman, and I was at school with [Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain]. I’m stating the obvious, but they’re both such incredible actors. So I can’t wait to watch that.

Oh, thank you. That felt like another great character who was in alignment with what you were talking about with Mickey Dobbs. She was a person who felt outside of me, but I also felt connected to her in lots of other ways. And Kris was just amazing to work with, and the cast she assembled was amazing. Hannah Marks, who acted in that movie, is also a writer and director, and I’m in one scene of her upcoming movie [Mark, Mary & Some Other People]. So these continued friendships with the amazing people in it are an amazing takeaway from that. The compliment of Hannah asking me to be in a scene of her movie meant a lot to me.

(Laughs.) I don’t know if it directly led to that because I actually had met Janicza before I ever met Brett. We had friends in common from back when we all lived in New York. So I think I met Brett through Janicza, but I ended up working with him first. Once again, I was so honored to be asked to be a part of her film. I have not seen Zola yet, but I am so excited to see it. I just think she’s an extraordinary and incredible talent. I know I’m repeating myself, but it really felt like an honor to be asked to be in Lemon.

It might be non-verbal adaptation that people do to people’s styles, and maybe sometimes it’s verbalized. But a lot of times, you’re just getting a sense for the other person as you’re working together, and you’re figuring out how they work versus how you work. I don’t know how many times I’ve had an actual conversation about it on set, but I’ve also learned so many things from people I’ve been in scenes with that I then try and take with me to future things. There have been real moments of generosity from other actors. I remember doing this movie very early on [Gardens of the Night], and I had a scene with John Malkovich, where my character was supposed to really break down and have a very emotional moment. But I just wasn’t there as a performer, emotionally; it just was not happening performance-wise. And without even saying anything, John Malkovich — who was off-camera because the camera was on me — basically just started improvising everything that had happened to my character, the given circumstances and everything that she’d gone through. So he really brought me to that place, emotionally, and then I was able to do the scene. So I thought that that was one of the most generous things I had ever seen, and it really amazed me because that’s not the sort of thing you’re really taught in acting school. So you learn it by working with great, generous actors. I don’t know if that’s adjusting performance style or just a real moment of generosity and kindness from one actor to another, but I’ve learned so many things like that from being on set and working with great actors.

Well, Love had a lot of moments like that. I think I’ve said this before, but they kind of wrote a father character on Love that unknowingly had some parallels to my own relationship with my dad, who passed away. So that wound up being very emotional, and it wasn’t intentional by the writers at all. They were surprised when I told them that there was overlap for me. So that show was a profound experience in a lot of ways, and it makes me so happy to hear that you loved the show. It was very meaningful to me when we were making it.

(Laughs.) Making indie movies can be a real challenge. So I have a swirl of various indie movie-making experiences in my brain right now, and if I could fictionalize it slightly and take bits and pieces from lots of different experiences and put them all together, it would make a very fascinating movie. (Laughs.)

Yeah, I would do a composite style or approach.

I’ve definitely had those experiences, yes. I’ve definitely shot in the subways in New York without permits. (Laughs.) Definitely that. There have been movies where the locations fell through on the day, and we had to drive around to find a new place to shoot the scene. Or the truck with all the equipment breaks down. I mean, just so many things happen. (Laughs.) It really does give you an appreciation for all the movies and TV shows that are able to get made.

Well, I know I love doing it, but I haven’t really asked myself why. But I think there’s a slight challenge to it. They eventually animate it, so there is a visual performance that the animators bring to the show, but initially, you are doing so much with just your voice, which is an interesting challenge as an actor. I just like animated shows, which is part of it, and I like being a part of them. It feels fun for me. (Laughs.) I guess it’s similar to what I was saying about being open to different genres of movies and TV shows. I’ve also done a scripted podcast. So it’s fun to do new things as a performer.

But what I really admire about Invincible — in addition to the amazing writing and incredible animation — is that everybody’s performances are pretty grounded and naturalistic even though the circumstances are so heightened. We’re playing superheroes, so extraordinary things are always happening. So, watching the show, as a fan, I was really impressed by the entire cast. That was another one where I’m like, “I get to be a part of this with all of these people?” They were really great about trying to stay true to the characters, and even though the circumstances are heightened, they play the scenes like you would in a movie or a TV show.

(Laughs.) I would love to keep directing. Once again, it’s challenging me to develop new skills and learn different aspects of set. You learn a lot by being an actor, and you get to observe a lot of people doing a lot of different jobs. But directing has given me a whole new appreciation for everything that it takes. Again, you’re just in awe that anything gets made. (Laughs.) When I get to direct something, it just gives me such a new appreciation for everyone and their craft. So I would love to keep going. Hannah Marks is a lot younger than me, but I’m inspired by her. So I’d like to keep going.

In addition to Fear Street, I also have an interview podcast called Periodic Talks. My co-host, Diona Reasonover, and I interview people who work in STEM, and we also try to highlight people from history who worked in those fields. So season one is out on Apple Podcasts, or wherever you get podcasts, and season two will be coming soon. So I would love for people to take a listen to Periodic Talks if they have the time.

(Laughs.) Well, it’s only in STEM. It’s only people who work in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. I mean, we have had some actors, but it’s a different lane. So if you can think of any people who work in the world of STEM that we should interview, I’d love to hear it. (Laughs.) But I am very new to the interviewing world, and I’m learning as I go.

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Fear Street 1978: Why Tommy Doesn’t Kill Sunnyvalers

Screen Rant 15 July, 2021 - 02:17pm

The first outing of the trilogy, Fear Street 1994, was a brutal slasher that saw most of its young cast killed off one by one after they accidentally unearthed the remains of a witch who local legend claims cursed their small town. The second installment, Fear Street 1978, flashed back even further to the eponymous year to depict a bloody summer camp massacre. Fear Street 1978 was an unusually tragic slasher as its killer, Tommy Slater, was a seemingly likable character who only became homicidal when he was possessed by the spirit of this witch, Sarah Fier.

Despite Tommy being a reasonably kind character during the opening scenes of the second movie, though, once he picks up an ax and starts picking off campers, the sequel gets very bloody very quickly. However, the Stephen King-referencing Fear Street 1978 doesn’t kill off characters without any rhyme or reason—rather, Tommy makes a point while possessed of only killing kids from Shadyside. At numerous points, this means the character seemingly side-steps and avoids Sunnyvale campers to access and exterminate Shadyside kids, unlike his Fear Street 1994 counterparts. Skull Mask, for example, killed the Sunnyvale jock Peter in Fear Street 1994, so why doesn’t Tommy kill any Sunnyvale locals? The clearest answer seems to be that Fear Street 1994's victims were killed for getting in the way of Sam when Sarah Fier wanted her blood, whereas Fear Street 1978's were killed just for being cursed Shadysiders.

The first film made it clear that the town of Sunnyvale is less hardscrabble and more glamorous than Shadyside, but only Fear Street 1994’s Josh attributed this to an inter-generational curse on the community. In Fear Street 1978, in contrast, heroine Ziggy repeatedly outlines this idea that the town is cursed by Sarah Fier and the community’s hardships came about as a direct result of this, and the point is reinforced by Tommy Slater actively avoiding Sunnyvale casualties as he cuts a bloody swathe through Shadysiders. As proven by how young many of Fear Street 1978’s victims are, Sarah Fier holding the town’s residents responsible for their ancestor’s murder of her has led to a long and bloody history of vengeance.

'Fear Street: 1666': 3 Huge Questions Fans Need Answered in the Slasher Trilogy's Finale

Showbiz Cheat Sheet 15 July, 2021 - 02:00pm

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At the moment, many fans have a ton of questions from Fear Street Part 1: 1994 and Part 2: 1978. The logistics of Sarah Fier’s curse haven’t been quite clear so far, but hopefully, all will be revealed in the trilogy’s finale. Here’s what we want to know.

For 300 years, the town of Shadyside has been the site of several massacres, presumably under the influence of Sarah Fier’s curse. According to the curse, the witch possesses one Shadyside resident every so often and sends them on a killing spree. However, the massacres don’t seem to have any specific time pattern, and Sarah Fier seems to select her minions at random. Past killers have ranged from young boys and teen girls to adult men.

It seems unlikely that anything about this curse would truly be random. If that’s the case, then how does Sarah Fier choose her victims? One theory circulating around Reddit suggests the witch might only choose the relatives of those who contributed to her death. Her first minion, Pastor Cyrus Miller in 1666, aligns with this theory.

Since Fear Street: 1666 will take viewers back to the beginning of the curse, it seems likely that Sarah Fier’s motives will be revealed. So far, only one thing feels certain: she has a major grudge against Shadyside.

In Fear Street: 1994, Deena’s brother Josh, played by Benjamin Flores Jr., can be seen chatting online with someone who goes by the name Queen of Air and Darkness. Both Josh and the Queen have extensive knowledge of the Shadyside Killers; Josh even has an investigation board in his lair.

Many fans have wondered who this Queen person is, and why she’s so interested in the goings-on of Shadyside. Is she a resident of the town, or just a true crime fan? Josh and the Queen communicate via a chatroom called “Shadyside Killers” with a few other members included, but the Queen is the only other active member. Why does no one else participate in the chat?

A slight clue regarding the Queen’s identity comes from IMDb, which lists actor Rachel Doman as the “Queen of Air and Darkness Girl” in Fear Street: 1666. So, we know that the character is a teen girl, and we know that she’ll appear in person somehow in the third film.

The Queen of Air and Darkness must hold some significance. Perhaps she’ll help Josh and Deena (Kiana Madera) end the curse once and for all.

Once upon a time, Shadyside and Sunnyvale were combined as a town called “The Union.” However, they split during the year 1666 and have hated each other ever since. Interestingly, Shadyside has the curse and all the bad luck, while nothing bad ever happens in Sunnyvale. Even Sunnyvale residents are mostly spared from the wrath of the Shadyside killers, as seen in Fear Street: 1978.

The differences in luck between Shadyside and Sunnyvale are almost too crazy to ignore. Some fans theorize that Sunnyvale is responsible for the Shadyside killers. The theory states that residents of Sunnyvale made some sort of deal with the Devil to receive good luck, but the trade-off was a string of horrible misfortunes in Shadyside.

What really happened to make The Union split up? It seems that Sarah Fier herself wants to set the record straight in Fear Street: 1666.

Fear Street Theory: A Stephen King Reference May Reveal the Truth Behind Sunnyvale

CBR - Comic Book Resources 15 July, 2021 - 07:45am

Even though the Fear Street trilogy is based on the works of R. L. Stine, the films also use other horror works and tropes to flesh out the characters. In Fear Street Part 2: 1978, Christine "Ziggy" Berman's identification with Carrie by Stephen King emphasizes her isolation and hopelessness. However, Carrie is not the only Stephen King novel to influence the trilogy. A younger Nick Goode states that his favorite Stephen King novel is 'Salem’s Lot. Although this might just be a small character detail, 'Salem’s Lot may actually provide insight into the Goode family and their role in Shadyside’s curse.

In the Fear Street trilogy, the town of Shadyside is plagued with killers instead of vampires. In Fear Street Part 1: 1994, a group of teens tries to evade the undead Shadyside Killers after Sam accidentally bleeds on the bones of Sarah Fier, a woman executed for witchcraft in 1666. After they seemingly break the curse, a figure in a dark hood seems to awaken the curse again, leading Sam to become possessed and doomed to become a Shadyside killer herself. Sam's girlfriend Deena and Deena's brother Josh seek out C. Berman, another survivor who saw Sarah Fier. In Fear Street Part 2: 1978, C. Berman, a grown up Ziggy, tells the story of the 1978 Camp Nightwing massacre, which gives the siblings the information they need to potentially end the curse.

Throughout both movies, Sheriff Nick Goode seems to be trying his best to stop the carnage. However, Nick's love of 'Salem's Lot might imply that his family's role in the curse is far more sinister. In 'Salem's Lot, a writer, Ben Mears, returns to the town of Jerusalem’s Lot to try to write a novel. However, an ancient vampire, Kurt Barlow, arrives and begins to turn the residents of the town into vampires. While Ben and some other town members, including a child named Mark Petrie, try to fight against the curse, they are unable to save most of the townspeople. Ben and Mark do slay Barlow, but they have to flee the town to escape the rest of the vampires. The novel ends with the duo returning to 'Salem's Lot to try to finish what they started. Later Stephen King books imply that they are successful, but the actual novel ending is ambiguous, leaving the fate of Ben, Mark and the town unknown.

Although it might seem like Nick identifies with Ben Mears in his seemingly hopeless struggle to stop the spread of the curse, the Goode family might actually have more in common with Richard Strayker, Barlow’s human familiar who aids the vampire in his carnage. Strayker serves as Barlow's "face" in the town and performs all of the necessary, non vampiric actions like procuring property and walking outside in daylight. Strayker hopes that he will eventually be made immortal for his service, but he is killed before he can truly reap the rewards.

The curse in Shadyside seems to have a similar human ally in the form of the hooded figure seen at the end of the first film. Will Goode, Nick's brother and Sunnyvale's mayor, seems like the more likely candidate to be the curse's human agent. However, Nick also seems to be playing both sides of the conflict, all while trying to appear to be a sympathetic ally to the residents of Shadyside.

In Fear Street Part 2: 1978, Nick alludes to the burden of his family legacy. He confides in Ziggy, stating, "Before he died, my dad loaded me up with all this, you know, 'You're my legacy. The future of the family depends on you' shit. You know, he just dropped this huge burden in my lap and... I dunno, what if I don't want that? What if that's not who I want to be?" Though this legacy may just be the role of sheriff in a town overrun with killers, it might also be that the Goode family actually are the human agents of the writhing flesh mass below Camp Nightwing and later the Shadyside Mall.

After the Camp Nightwing massacre, Nick seems to have made his choice and becomes fully entrenched in his family's legacy. At the memorial after the mall massacre, Nick gives a speech that seems to be intended to comfort, but it also subtly discourages anyone from asking questions about why this is happening. He states, "It's easy in times like this to drown in questions of why. [...] But I know too well there are no answers that will provide relief. There's no peace in the past." Both of the films thus far show that this statement is false; it is only through the past that Deena and Josh will finally learn the root of the curse and how to save Sam and Shadyside once and for all.

Thus, Nick's preference for 'Salem's Lot may be foreshadowing his family's role in the curse. If this theory is correct, Fear Street Part 3: 1666 may reveal that the Goode family, not Sarah Fier, made the deal with Satan, and their descendants continue the dark work of that deal to uphold Sunnyvale’s prosperity at the expense of Shadyside. Thus, the true villain of the trilogy may not be the witch, but the leaders of Sunnyvale.

Fear Street Theory: The Curse Can Only Kill Shadyside Residents

CBR - Comic Book Resources 14 July, 2021 - 06:45pm

The first two installments of the Fear Street trilogy have made it clear that the town of Shadyside is cursed. Dubbed "Killer Capital USA," the town is known for its brutal massacres that happen every decade or so. While not everyone fully believes it, Shadyside’s murders are not just regular people going crazy. The killers are supernaturally motivated and possessed by a witch. Fear Street Part 2: 1978 seems to go a step further in clarifying that the witch’s curse is specific to Shadyside residents only.

Shadyside’s history of murders stems from the execution of a witch in 1666. Before Sarah Fier died, she made a deal with the devil so that she could cheat death. By cutting off her hand on Satan’s Stone, Sarah Fier maintained her thrall over the people that killed her, and ever since, she has periodically returned to possess innocent people and turn them into murderous psychopaths. It was her way of taking a bloody revenge on the people that killed her.

Even though the two towns comprised the same settlement at one time, it seems like Sarah Fier has a particular dislike for the residents of current Shadyside. While it seems odd that the witch would be so specific in her revenge, Shadyside’s history of murders combined with Sunnyvale’s history of success seems to be sufficient proof. In fact, Fear Street Part 2: 1978 seems to show that the witch does not allow her murderous minions to kill Sunnyvalers, except in very specific situations.

During that night, there was one Sunnyvaler that was injured: future sherriff Nick Goode was stabbed in the back of the leg as he tried to protect Ziggy Berman. However, Tommy quickly gave up on him when Ziggy fled the scene. So, it would seem that, unless they specifically intervene, Sunnyvalers are safe from Sarah Fier’s curse.

'Fear Street: 1994': Would a Bread Slicer Actually Carve Someone's Head? Scientists Investigate

Showbiz Cheat Sheet 14 July, 2021 - 02:08pm

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Even after the release of Part 2: 1978, that bread slicer kill seems to have held up as the craziest one yet. But was it realistic? For many fans, it seemed hard to believe that a bread slicer could have that much power. Thankfully, science was here to provide an answer.

Toward the end of the film, Deena (played by Kiana Madeira), Josh (Benjamin Flores Jr.), Sam (Olivia Scott Welch), Kate (Julia Rehwald), and Simon (Fred Hechinger) head to the grocery store for a showdown with the Shadyside killers. Unfortunately, Kate becomes the victim of Fear Street: 1994‘s most violent kill. The Shadyside Mall killer stabs her in the stomach with a knife and then finishes her off by pushing her head through the bakery’s bread slicer.

During Collider‘s The Witching Hour podcast, Fear Street director Leigh Janiak explained how the team put together the gory scene. She revealed that it started with her desire to have the scene take place in a grocery store.

“Part of the fun of the ’90s movie for me was being able to kind of take suburbia and take these places that are really familiar and tear them apart and destroy them, so I loved the idea of being able to be in the grocery store,” Janiak said.

She continued to explain that she wanted to show Kate’s blood mixed with cake. So, she had the character’s face shoved into a dessert before going through the slicer. The writers came up with the bread slicer idea but wondered if it was actually plausible.

“They were like, ‘I don’t know. This is a little unbelievable,'” she said of the film’s art department. “And I was like, ‘It’s f—ing cool, so we’re gonna do it!’ And then they bought a bread slicer. They wanted to prove me wrong, so they had this idea that they were gonna throw watermelons through this bread slicer, and they were convinced that it wouldn’t work, and the watermelon just went right through.”

When it came to filming the scene, Janiak explained to Netflix Film Club that they used a prosthetic head. The team ran Rehwald through the slicer without its blades and relied on special effects to do the rest.

Would a bread slicer be powerful enough to do that without special effects? Netflix Film Club invited two engineers to put a high-power slicer to the test. They revealed that the slicer had “370 Newtons of force,” but “it takes about 2,300 Newtons to break a human skull.”

To test the machine’s speed, the duo put loaves of bread through it, followed by watermelons and a ballistic gel head. The bread slicer did manage to cut the watermelons, though one of them got stuck in the machine before the process finished.

When it came to the head, the engineers found that the slicer cut through the “skin” and started to slice the skull. However, it didn’t have the clean slices portrayed in Fear Street: 1994. Doing this to someone in real life (which we do not recommend) would likely take a much longer time than shown in the film.

the Jason Voorhees energy FEAR STREET director Leigh Janiak brings to Part 2: 1978 though

Classic horror influences are evident in much of the first and second Fear Street films. Janiak previously revealed that she took inspiration from many iconic horror movies of the ’80s and ’90s, namely Friday the 13th, Halloween, Scream, and Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

“I wanted to still make it feel like a ’70s movie and kind of straddle that Halloween and Texas Chainsaw Massacre vibe while still looking to great ’80s movies like Friday the 13th,” she explained to IndieWire of Fear Street: 1978. “It was really about that, about being able to position in these two different types of slasher movies.”

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