What’s up, I’m dos Santos and this is Ulven Reviews: movies and series from all over the world and all eras. Today let’s talk about Fear Street: Part Three – 1666, directed by Leigh Janiak.
Deena (played by Kiana Madeira) rushes to Sarah Fier’s corpse to reunite her hand with the rest of the body, ending Shadyside’s curse forever… supposedly.
But instead, she sees herself in Sarah Fier’s body reliving everything she went through in 1666 when she was hanged for witchcraft.
After this vision, we get back to 1994 where Deena, her brother Josh (played by Benjamin Flores JR), Ziggy (played by Gillian Jacobs), and Martin (played by Darrell Britt-Gibson), have to end the curse once and for all.
So, we got to the end of the trilogy, and for me, this one is the best film of all three.
This movie is quite different in many aspects. It’s darker, more melancholic, and it has less traditional aspects of horror movies. The part set in 1666 reminded me a little of the Spanish movie Coven A.K.A. Coven of Sisters A.K.A. Akelarre.
It has some very horrific moments when the curse first starts, but it’s not the main focus of this segment, which is Sarah Fier’s story.
A normal girl, with family, and friends has her story erased from history to be known only as the witch who cursed the town. How much of it happens because of her secret love and romance with Hannah Miller (played by Olivia Scott Welch) in a time their love was seen as an aberration.
I also like the 1994 part 2 segment, but it’s a complete last act type of thing. It’s fun, fast fast-paced, and all, but what captivated me the most was the first part, the part with Sarah Fier’s story.
Although the characters are all new to us, the actors portraying them are the same as in the previous two films. Three of the most prominent were Fred Hechinger as Isaac, Julia Rehwald as Lizzie, and Emily Rudd as Abigail. Their roles are minor, as Sara Fier’s friends, but it’s nice to see them again in this trilogy.
Ashley Zukerman, the Sheriff Nick Goode in 1994, plays the patriarch of his family Solomon Goode in the 1666 segment, and it’s a very nice, very well-crafted character.
And McCabe Slye is also back with a prominent role. He is now Mad Thomas, the town’s drunk preacher. And my true favorites, Sarah Fier and Hannah Miller.
If in the first movie I didn’t like Sam and Deena’s romance, it’s quite the contrary here. Sarah and Hannah is really a couple that I rooted for. Their relationship is the driving force of everything, of the trilogy itself, so it’s fundamental that we like this relationship, and, at least for me, it worked, and it worked amazingly, incredibly.
So every event that happens in the story we feel we have an emotional connection to it. The emotional effect this movie had on me, made it my favorite of the trilogy. I kept thinking about the movie many, many hours after watching it.
Since we’re talking about the romance, here, it’s more tender. It’s more focused on love than on lust (nothing against lust, I’m just describing it). And I think this approach was the most correct for this movie, as for the second movie, the lust aspect was very important.
In 1994, the clear highlight is Deena. She is the best character by far. She has so much more appeal and motivation than in the first movie.
I like Martin and the older Ziggy played by Gillian Jacobs, as well. Martin is clearly the very welcome comic relief. While Ziggy has more of that teenage Ziggy played by Sadie Sink. A stronger and more fierce character, rather than that scared woman we see at the beginning of the second movie.
In the previous reviews, I already talked about how much I loved the performances, and everyone was flawless once again. I had no idea I would like so much of McCabe Slye. I never watched anything else with him, at first I was thinking his face was familiar, but I was actually thinking about Domantas Sabonis, who’s an NBA player, not an actor.
I also loved Olivia Scott Welch as Hannah Miller. As Sam, in 1994, she’s mostly just possessed, so there’s nothing there, but as Hannah Miller, she’s great! Very touching and credible.
The visual of this segment is very different because of the time in which was set. However, the quality remains the same, and that is extremely high.
The costumes are very simple, demonstrating the class of those people (lower class to be more specific), and the same can be said about the buildings, a very basic settlement of working people establishing themselves in the location in hopes of a new, and better life.
In the place of the strong colorful neon lights, we have the shine of bonfires, torches, and lanterns, and everything has a dusty look to it. I think this look is marvelous, I usually love the rebuilding of these centuries for film, at least this poor part of settlers, not so much of the higher class but well I don’t like the higher class in general, even today.
I can’t properly say “17th” century, I have many difficulties around that. Every time I say it, it sounds off for my ears, but I’ll try it anyway.
So, since we’re in the 17th century, what marked me the most was the original score. I can’t even remember if in the previous two it was the same score, but now that I noticed, I can safely say that it’s in my top all-time scores. it’s up there with the North Irish series The Fall and the Indian movie Bulbbul, among others.
It’s so intense and emotional, it enhances everything we’re feeling, both positively (like in the romance scenes) as negatively (like in the scary or tense scenes).
And back to 1994, we have, among other things, of course, Pixies. They were present in the first movie, but since I was focused on other things, I even forgot about Pixies, that is a band I really like and finishes the trilogy with a high very high note.
Fear Street: Part Three – 1666, it’s hard to say goodbye for something so good, that we so dearly liked, however, part three did a phenomenal job concluding it, I’m satisfied. Each one of the three movies can hold their own, but as a trilogy that it really thrives. The three together makes a much better experience.
I honestly think the fear street trilogy is a game-changer for slashers, and for the horror genre, in general. Let’s hope to see many more like it in the near future. And I’ll give Fear Street: Part Three – 1666 a bittersweet, and melancholic, 9 Moons to wrap everything up.
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