Netflix Movie Review – Fear Street Part 1 – 1994

IMDb summary - A circle of teenage friends accidentally encounter the ancient evil responsible for a series of brutal murders that have plagued their town for over 300 years. Welcome to Shadyside.
JulieGJuly 2, 202160/10047 min
Year of Release
Thriller, Drama
1 hr 45 mins
Overall Score
Rating Summary
Fear Street Part 1 – 1994

Fans of “Goosebumps” will be exceptionally spoiled with the release of the Fear Street trilogy of films. Each film is released weekly starting July 02, and the trilogy begins with the first film set in 1994, which carries over to the other two (set in 1978 and 1666, respectively). The films are adapted from the Fear Street series of books written by R. L. Stine, and the script is written by Phil Graziadei, Leigh Janiak and Kyle Killen.

The first film introduces us to several teenagers who are all friends and attend the same high school – Deena (played by Kiana Madiera), Simon (played by Fred Hechinger) and Kate (played by Julia Rehwald). The town of Shadyside, where they reside, has a dark past with an urban myth that dates back to the 16th century. The myth is said to be connected to a witch killed by the townsfolk, and it’s believed that the witch placed a curse on the town and its people. Locals believe that is why there are so many unexplained murders that occurred there.

There is a distinct feeling to this film that is undeniably like “Goosebumps”. But if the first 15 minutes or so remind you of an even more famous movie in the slasher genre (in fact, it’s so obvious it’s almost laughable), you might be ready to give Fear Street a miss completely. Thankfully, once the film gets over paying homage to Scream, the actual story behind the macabre murders in Shadyside isn’t all that bad. The first 15 minutes (despite the Scream thing) is actually solid entertainment for a horror/thriller film.

Fear Street Movie Still
“Don’t kill me, Mr Skull Face! I wanna be in the sequel!”

Placing the story in three different eras is a genius idea and one that looks to be paying off so far. However, as much as we loved the 90s, we don’t really need to be bombarded constantly with every 90s hit song ever released. We get it; the nostalgia thing is big right now (and it works when it’s done right), but this came off a bit tacky. It’ll be interesting to see if the other two films follow the same template (and we’re hoping that they don’t).

The villains were scary, but “Skull Mask” was way too much like “Ghost Face”. There. I’ve said it. And once you’ve seen a villain that good, it’s tough to imitate it and sometimes just better not to try. And for some reason, I also kept thinking of “The Goonies” too, except in a horror setting (which isn’t a bad thing because The Goonies rocks!).

It feels way too early to say that Fear Street will even come close to dominating “slasher” TV. But I don’t think Fear Street (so far) is better than the Scream spin-off that ended up getting cancelled. We hope that the next two films will give us something a little gorier and scarier, please.

Fear Street Part 1 – 1994 has more than enough screams, jump scares and blood to keep most horror fans happy. But if you’re looking for something more disturbing than a “Goosebumps” level of horror, you’ll need to look elsewhere.

Written by Julie and reviewed for Keithlovesmovies

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  • nscovell

    July 2, 2021 at 2:28 pm

    When is this supposed to start streaming. It looks interesting.


    • JulieG

      July 2, 2021 at 2:39 pm

      Our review was given an embargo date of 02/07 which is today πŸ™‚ in my country that is πŸ˜€ So shouldn’t be long now. Thanks for dropping by!


      • nscovell

        July 2, 2021 at 2:42 pm

        Awesome! Will check it out.

      • JulieG

        July 2, 2021 at 2:54 pm

        Sweet πŸ™‚

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