Unless it’s a spoof on horror movies / slasher film I’m usually out, but for some reason this one intrigued me. I think it’s because of R.L. Stine giving that he writes scary stories for preteens I figure I could probably handle this one. Fear Street 1994 is the first part of a trilogy, each movie goes back in time until we get to the origin of what’s causing the evil the protagonists have to face.
Directed by Leigh Janiak, with a script by Janiak herself and Phil Grazaidei, the movie is inspired by the book series Fear Street by R.L. Stine. The main cast include Kiana Madeira (Trinkets), Olivia Welch (Unbelievable, Panic), Benjamin Flores Jr. (Your Honor), Julia rehwald (Mukbang Masarap), and Fred Hechinger (The Woman in the Window).
Premise: In 1994, after another series of brutal slayings, a group of teenagers find out that the terrifying events that have occurred in their cursed town of Shadyside, Ohio, may be connected to an evil force plaguing the town, and that they may be the next targets.
Review: For whatever reason that may be, if you’re not a horror fan, this movie might be the palatable kind. It’s a bit gruesome with scary-ish moments, enough to give it its horror / slasher movie cred and that’s about it. I had more fun watching this than I expected, whether it was because of the characters’ funny quips or the little twists and turns that are somewhat predictable, I was entertained.
However, if you’re looking thrills, the feeling of being on the edge of your seat, stressed out by what might happen, this might not be the movie for you. To me it kind of feels like an intro to horror before graduating to bigger scarier films. There’s still violence, blood, and even a bit of sex – first based only – but the tone is a bit light. The visual effects and the acting are solid. The cast does a good job, I almost felt bad for the fate of some of them. I also liked the soundtrack, there’s a lot of cool 90s music in it.
Fear Street 1994 has enough fairly gruesome moments to satiate horror fans while not scarring away the others.
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