FEAR STREET PART THREE: 1666 (2021) Reviews with trailer and behind-the-scenes featurette

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‘End the curse’

Fear Street Part Three: 1666 is a 2021 American horror film about the origins of witch Sarah Fier’s curse as history comes full circle: it is a night that changes the lives of Shadysiders forever.

The movie is the third part of a three-film series directed by Leigh Janiak. Fear Street Part One: 1994 and Fear Street Two: 1978 are the two previous instalments.

Directed by Leigh Janiak (Scream: The TV SeriesHoneymoon) from a screenplay co-written with Zak Olkewicz and Kate Trefry, adapted from the Fear Street books by R.L. Stine.



“The conclusion to the Fear Street trilogy closes out Netflix’s summer event with a lackluster whimper. There’s a noticeable drop in quality and energy from the previous two entries and its concluding feature. Character development doesn’t exist, plot points get retread, and the slasher element is sorely missed as it barrels too fast toward an unsatisfying finish.” Bloody Disgusting

“Just like in 1978, Part Three does not have the explosive beginning like Part One did. The first half of the film is all about the hysteria surrounding witches. The music sounds like Riverdance or something you would hear on an episode of Outlander. All of the actors speak in forced sounding Irish accents.” Bulletproof Action

” …I felt a little let down by the less colorful setting and pilgrim-era pacing of 1666. As the atmosphere takes over however, the film takes on a macabre tone that’s devilishly dark without being oppressively dour. Fear Street: 1666 doesn’t skimp on swaths of satanic ghoulishness, getting satisfyingly sinister with insidious grimoires, bloody animal sacrifices, and enough references about having sex with the devil to make an orthodox priest’s head spin 360 degrees.” Culture Crypt

” …most of us have seen an endless array of witch-hunting movies over the years, but I can assure you that the beats of this narrative do take some very unexpected twists and turns, especially in the latter half of the flashback story […] and the modern-day conclusion is a total blast of freaky fun that felt much more in line with the energy from the first Fear Street movie, ending things on slasher-fueled high note.” Daily Dead

“There is naturally a final showdown but it’s inventive, unique, creative, and deviates from many of the typical conventions.  As for what doesn’t work, the pacing in Fear Street Part 3: 1966 is a little up and down. That’s forgivable given the film had to deliver quite a bit of backstory. But I wish the first hour had been peppered with a bit more action and a little less exposition.  My only other quip is that the flick is just a bit on the long side.” Dread Central

” …although everything is neatly tied up (aside from a pointless ending credits stinger, nothing should be done with), and the second hour is one bloody and exciting showdown, Fear Street Part Three: 1666 is primarily the weakest of the bunch because it’s trying to be two installments in one. The extended climax sure is thrilling, though, complete with a gnarly montage of death.” Flickering Myth

“This has been a fun way to draw out the experience, overall, but I have to say that this third Fear Street movie is easily the weakest of the three. It lacks the fun of the previous films, for the most part, and also lacks the smarts. I know that some will disagree with me on the notion of the previous two movies actually having smarts, but they did. There was intelligence and decent internal logic there.” For It Is Man’s Number

” …requires a stony face both from the characters and from us, a transition that takes time to take hold in a franchise that has mostly embraced hokeyness. But Janiak soon finds her stride, choreographing some memorable nastiness as well as a sad emotional sting before we head back to the full-throated 90s. The second half of the film is a blast, ebulliently returning to the goofy conviction and high energy of the first chapter…” The Guardian

“There are some clever traps here, which I won’t spoil, and watching the gang stab and slash monsters is always a treat. Still, by the end of Fear Street Part 3, when the mystery had been solved and justice ostensibly served, I was more relieved than anything else. It had been a whirlwind of a ride, but I was glad to be off it.” The Hollywood Reporter

” …Fear Street 1666 is a thrilling tale of love and deceit that rewrites the story you think you know with shocking twists and turns. With the third entry in the Fear Street trilogy, Janiak satisfies expectations while shattering others in such a rich way that it offers an entirely new outlook on the previous two films, and will have you wanting to revisit them immediately.” Killer Horror Critic

” …we’re treated to the bizarre sight of a multicultural community living in racial harmony in… the America of the 17th century? And for some mad reason, the villagers all speak with awful stage Oirish brogues. The effect is akin to watching a high school play or a skit from some comedy sketch show. Every time one of the fresh-faced young actors from the previous instalments shows up garbling a ridiculous accent, we’re immediately taken out of both the period and the narrative.” The Movie Waffler

” …after the journey we’ve gone through with these endearing characters onscreen, the film manages to convey a sense of hope, which is both needed in the Fear Street world as well as our own. A property that would have fallen apart in less capable hands, this ambitious undertaking sticks its landing. All in all, a great end to the trilogy.” Nightmarish Conjurings

“At about the hour mark, the movie takes a turn that puts a cheeky spin on Fear Street’s film-franchise status and sets the stage for a resolution of the near-six-hour saga that feels both consistent and earned. All in Shadyside is not as it has appeared up to this point, and the saga’s endgame adds extra intrigue to its plot and depth to its study of good and evil.” Rue Morgue

“Janiak throws her final chapter into glowing overdrive with her sights on the redemption of Shadyside. We don’t want to tell you how they do it but it’s a proper turnaround from the first part of this final chapter so that the trilogy ends on a high note. Pick yourself up, the hard part is over, at least for the audience.” Screen Anarchy

“Prequel, sequel, and standalone story all at the same time. Fear Street: 1666 is a movie pulling every witch way, occasionally to its detriment. Regardless, its core story is the strongest of all three, the bookends closing out the trilogy in a fashion that should satisfy most viewers […] It’s been a bumpy, uneven ride, but never anything less than a fun one.” Starburst

Release date:

Fear Street Part Three: 1666 will stream on Netflix on Friday, July 16, 2021.

Cast and characters:

Kiana Madeira … Sarah Fier / Deena
Elizabeth Scopel … ‘Real’ Sarah Fier
Benjamin Flores Jr. … Henry / Josh
Randy Havens … George Fier
Julia Rehwald … Lizzie / Kate
Matthew Zuk … Elijah Goode / Mayor Will Goode
Fred Hechinger … Isaac / Simon
Michael Chandler … ‘The Pastor’ Cyrus Miller
Sadie Sink … Constance / Ziggy Berman
Emily Rudd … Abigail / Cindy Berman
Olivia Scott Welch … Hannah Miller / Samantha Fraser
Lacy Camp … Grace Miller / Mrs Fraser
McCabe Slye … Mad Thomas / Tommy Slater
Ashley Zukerman … Solomon Goode / Nick Goode
Jordana Spiro … The Widow / Mrs Lane
Jeremy Ford … Caleb / Peter
Patrick Roper … Union Townsman 1
Robert Bryan Davis … Union Townsman 2
Lynne Ashe … Union Townswoman
Charlene Amoia … Beth Kimball / Rachel Thompson
Mark Ashworth … Jakob Berman
Todd Allen Durkin … The Watchman / Officer Kapinski
Ryan Simpkins … Alice
Noah Garrett … Skull Mask
Keil Oakley Zepernick … ‘Shame Killer’ Isaac Milton
Emily Brobst … Billy Barker
Kevin Waterman … ‘The Milkman’ Harry Rooker
Jordyn DiNatale … Ruby Lane
Ted Sutherland … Young Nick Goode
Lloyd Pitts … Nightwing Killer
Gillian Jacobs … Adult Ziggy / C. Berman
Darrell Britt-Gibson … Martin
Daniel Thomas May … Officer Kuzio
Meghan Packer … TV Anchor
Nilah Blasingame … Highschool Kid
Rachel Doman … Queen of Air and Darkness Girl

Technical details:

112 minutes
Audio: Dolby Digital
Aspect ratio: 2.39: 1

Fun facts:

Although this is the third film in the Fear Street trilogy, it was actually filmed second, after Fear Street Part One: 1994 and before Fear Street Two: 1978.


Behind-the-scenes featurette:

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