(Note: I’m probably gonna cross post stuff like this here and at fontgeek.io for now)
I finally got around to finishing the 3rd of the Fear Street Trilogy of horror movies.
For those that don’t know, they were released this summer about one week apart, so they were designed to be watched as a set in close proximity.
My overall opinion is that overall they’re ok. They work reasonably well as fun mindless entertainment that doesn’t require you to think too hard.
They have 2 major weird issues.
#1 - They’re in reverse chronological order, which mean they effectively spolier themselves.
I’m not sure the reverse order really adds anything, and it certainly makes a lot of ‘twists’/events easier to predict. This is exacerbated by the fact that each one ends with a ‘next time on…’ preview that spoilers a lot of what’s to come.
#2 - They get better as they go, but also less interesting.
The first one (1994) is pretty badly written, acted and edited at times. This seems to improve a lot in the 2nd one (1978( and 3rd one (1666), even though a lot of the cast is the same. Maybe I just got immune to it?
But the first one is also the only one that really does anything new or off-kilter. The characters in the first one don’t really fall into the stereotypical roles you think they’re going to… and I’m not sure if it’s intentional or because of the aforementioned flaws.
As things get more polished, they become more generic and predictable.
The other major YMMV thing is that it’s really going for the retro/homage/reference thing.
The first movie is basically an 80s Horror movie mixed with Scream. The second is basically Friday the 13th Pt 2, The 3rd is basically The VVitch. The references come thick and fast and are hardly subtle. Though I think they use the rock from Blair Witch without underlining it.
This is mixed with typical millennial ‘look at all that crazy stereotypical 90s stuff!!’ jokes, though also then repeated for the 70s. Let’s have more jokes about Discmans and more Dayglo please!
So you might find all these jokes and references fun, or annoying.
I imagine younger viewers who haven’t seen all these things 100 times before will have more fun with that aspect, especially as the films do tend to underline every point about 5 times just to make sure you get it.
It’s mostly pretty tame as far as horror movies go, but it does have a couple of brutal kills that would have made Jason Voorhees proud.
So, yeah… it’s a fun enough way to spend some time I guess. Would be more fun with a few mates and some beers I think.