Fear Street Part One: 1994, 2021.
Directed by Leigh Janiak.
Starring Kiana Madeira, Olivia Scott Welch, Benjamin Flores Jr., Ashley Zukerman, Fred Hechinger, Julia Rehwald, Jeremy Ford, Darrell Britt-Gibson, Gillian Jacobs, Sadie Sink and Maya Hawke.
In 1994, a number of teenagers discover that horrific events that have haunted their city for generations can be related to each other – and they can be the following targets. Based on RL Stine’s best-selling horror series, Fear Street follows Shadyside’s gloomy history by making nightmares for 300 years.
Despite the name Fear Street Part One: 1994, Leigh Janiak’s trilogy (also based on works by RL Stine) focuses on the neighboring towns of Shadyside and Sunnyside. The names also speak for themselves, as the former is fraught with unexplained crime, while the latter thrives on role models with students and citizens as well as general wealth. However, the perpetrators of the absurd violence of the Shadysides also have a history (a few hundred years) as adapted and mentally healthy members of society who suddenly snap. And while it may sound Fear Street Part One: 1994 there are countless white men in the corner who easily get away from the privilege, and a bad day, because of claims, there is a curse in witchcraft that holds on to the city.
To the extent respected thumbnail, Maya Hawke’s Heather works inside a local Shadyside Mall and closes for the night (needle drop for Nine Inch Nail’s Closer for viewers for a decade whose story takes place if they somehow haven’t read the title they’re watching) which is Yell written everywhere (Leigh Janiak has also directed a few episodes of the TV show, only reinforcing this effect). The rest of the city is convinced that the media is right about it and that people go crazy, but there are those like teenage Josh (Benjamin Flores Jr.) who believes in the stories of witchcraft and spends several hours a day in one of the earliest incarnations. He talks about the Internet with a stranger who unleashes the mysteries surrounding Shadyside. Amusingly, the Internet has been described as a place to get the real truth, you know, before people fucked it royally in our current climate.
Her sister Deena (Kiana Madeira) criticizes her mainly for being a social hermit and a nerd as she sorts our feelings away from her ex-girlfriend Sam in the closet (Olivia Scott Welch, who can also be seen at the moment). Panic). Deena fails to convince her kind-hearted drug trafficking friends Simon and Kate (Fred Hechinger and Julia Rehwald) to deliver her a box of sentimental valuables in vigilance for the latest murder in Sunnyside. In addition to Sam being afraid to open up about his relationship, his mother and moving together to the other side of town also broke up in the relationship, so without much chance of seeing him, Deena decides to go herself.
Basically, a massive struggle (hostile and threatens to kill each other) erupts on the football field between Shadyside and Sunnyside students, naturally putting Deena and Sam on opposite sides. The relationship is not only paralyzed, but also their friendship noticing that Sam pretends to be someone he is not with his boyfriend and doesn’t want to resist his rough groping. All of this leads to a car accident that makes Sam see and non-existent nosebleeds. After a few looting, it soon becomes clear that the greater forces are working and if they want to survive, let alone have a genuine love for each other, these four high school students must work together.
Without going too far into the spoiler area, all the legendary assassins have now risen and barked at Shadyside, and although at first the process feels more Halloween or the slasher movie of your choice, if any, Fear Street Part One: 1994 honors the amazing special effects of the 1990s classic yet today Terminator 2: Judgment Day. In other words, these killers don’t just come back like Michael Myers; they immediately have their wounds healed as if they were all T-1000. It’s also possible that some of this exists in RL Stine books (also, if you haven’t figured it out yet, these are hard R-movies and not family-friendly adaptations With chicken), but Leigh Janiak (who creates the awful small-town American atmosphere that his Ohio background may have helped) is lovingly explosive, respecting the above and more, including the fact that the characters utter lines Jaw.
Leigh Janiak also co-writes alongside Phil Graziadei (Kyle Krillen also gets the story), and the script has a weak link here, seemingly vague about what it wants to say about everything about how the media covers and handles tragic cases with virtually worthless police force here. The Shadyside sheriff is Deena’s father, but the cops have so little screening time and purpose to tell what the story is supposed to do (and I can’t imagine that much would change as the rest of the trilogy examines different decades and events within this larger picture). Fortunately, there is enough heart and charm among all the dangers and excitement, whether they come to lesbian lovers Deena and Sam again for their affection and trying to survive, the awkward Josh trying to occupy and impress the girl, or Kate and Simon showing courage even if they were always disposables for both Shadyside and Sunnyside.
Just when Fear Street Part One: 1994 seems to stick to the modern horror formula, the protagonists also begin to die brutally shockingly. All of this increases the impact of the rock former, contributes to this story and successfully builds excitement Part two, which will be released next week on July 2 on Netflix. It’s rare that there are so few downtimes between movies, and I’m not entirely sure I think this was always designed as a trilogy (it feels like it could have been just as easily a six-episode mini-series), but I and I are sure that many others will accept it as well. Perhaps over the next two installments, it becomes clear what the trilogy is trying to say (it clearly wants to say something but is too busy playing a metal piece after a metal piece in the first 45 minutes) about spray killing and violent crime and the way society’s different pockets process and react. Some killers also focus more on others, but I’m also willing to bet that each film prioritizes the refinement of different horrific stories, which is likely to prevent things from becoming obsolete.
The central romance, however, is charming, the characters are pleasant, and some of the killers are pleasantly and creatively ill. The whole third act is a carnival of bloody chaos that stops one wanting more. Fortunately, there is a short window of waiting.
Flickering myth rating – Movie: ★ ★ ★ / Movie: ★ ★ ★
Robert Kojder is a member of the Chicago Film Critics Association and the Critics Choice Association. He is also a Flickering Myth review editor. Check here For new reviews, follow mine Twitter or Letterboxdor send an email to [email protected]