Fear Street Part Three: 1666 | Subverting Some Expectations & Closing the Loop

The final installment of the ‘Fear Street‘ trilogy is penned by director Leigh Janiak with Phil Graziadei (Honeymoon) and Kate Trefy (Stranger Things). The most of the cast from the previous two movies return in new roles to gives us a glimpse at how it all started.

Premise: In 1666, a colony is gripped by a hysterical witch-hunt that has deadly consequences for centuries to come. The origins of Sarah Fier’s curse are finally revealed as history comes full circle. Meanwhile, the teenagers in 1994 and 1978 try to finally put an end to the town’s curse, before it is too late.

Review: I may have been pleasantly surprised by Fear Street 1994 and thoroughly enjoyed Fear Street 1978 but for some reason I expected Fear Street 1666 to be far more predictable than it was. Even before watching the trailer I thought I had this movie’s plot figured out. Since I suspected the story would be about pilgrims I thought this movie would be dealing with some religion-induced hysteria and Sarah Fier. I figured the young woman might either be wrongly accused of witchcraft and would turn to it trying to save herself before failing and cursing the town, or she’d be a good witch would who get caught to be killed and cursing the town in her rage. That’s how I thought this movie would probably go, but it wasn’t as predictable as that.

The actual story has shades of that the religious hysteria is a 100% there but it’s a little more interesting. The plot is constructed in a way that would make you think that the town’s problems is be blamed on Sarah because of who she is. I know it sounds like one of the plot I described but it’s not, I don’t want to spoil even if it’s a minor spoiler. Sarah kisses and run through other bases with someone people in the town think she should have. So when things starts to go awry When I look at this movie on its own, of course all eyes turn on her. I really like that aspect of the story, it was a good and original way to use the puritanical way of thinking of that time, a nice twist that could have meshed well with one of my theories about the film.

So I enjoyed how the story was developed and how well it works with the other two movies. The full circle aspect of it was great but I wasn’t as engaged while watching this movie than I was for the other two. I can’t really put my finger on it but I checked my phone many times and weren’t totally paying attention. Maybe it’s having the same cast playing different roles but I don’t think so. It might just be the time period it’s set in that I don’t vibe with, because the cast did a great job.

Fear Street 1666 brings the story full circle showing us how the curse originated and how it has lasted for so long. The movie is good and the Fear Street Trilogy is better as a whole. 1978 still has a special place in my heart but it’s a solid trilogy and I wouldn’t be oppose to see it evolve into something else. Have you seen this film? Did Sarah’s story surprise you?

Rating: 7 out of 10.

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Fear Street Part Two: 1978 | An Excellent Step-Up

After the entertaining surprise that was Fear Street 1994, the second installment of the trilogy inspired by R.L. Stine‘s book series of the same name brings us to the late 70s. Leigh Janiak is still helming, with a script co-written by Zak Olkewikz. This time the cast include Sadie Sink (Stranger Things), Emily Rudd (Dynasty, Electric Dreams), McCabe Slye (Destroyer), Ted Sutherland (The Walkind Dead: World Beyond, Eye Candy), and Gillian Jacobs (Invincible, Love).

Premise: In 1978, Camp Nightwing is divided by the campers and counselors who hail from the prosperous town of Sunnyvale and the campers and maintenance staffers from the downtrodden town of Shadyside, but when horrors from their towns shared history come alive, they must band together to solve a terrifying mystery before it is too late.

Review: For a trilogy that goes backward, I didn’t think they’d be much if any surprises in this movie. I was wrong. Fear Street 1978 is engrossing, maybe it’s the way the story unfolds, how the characters interact, the directing or the cast but I was captivated. It’s gruesome for sure and for someone like myself who avoids horror movies, because I get scared, I could watch this no problem.

Once again there’s a quite a lot of gore, just like if not more than in Fear Street 1994. The blood, feces and body parts didn’t faze me at all because I was so invested in the characters. I wanted some to die – Sheila – in fact I was waiting for it. I was also curious to see how those alive in 1994 came to keep their heads. Since the kills are swift and ruthless the characters are what sucks you in. They all have different dynamics and personalities, which keeps things interesting. There’s also a brilliant misdirect in the film that keeps your focus on one thing and it’s the wrong one. It was a nice surprise for me. Giving that the characters are the heart of this movie, it wouldn’t have work if the cast wasn’t strong. They are good and delivered excellent performances.

Fear Street 1978 is a captivating horror movie with little scares, a good story and greats characters.

Rating: 8 out of 10.

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Fear Street Part One: 1994 | A Fast Paced Entertaining Intro to Horror

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.

Rating: 6.5 out of 10.

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Trese (S1) | Filipino Myth and Folklore with Shades of Familiar Heroes

If it wasn’t for Geeked Week this show would have pass me by, but I’m glad I found it. It’s a filipino animated series on Netflix directed by Jay Oliva who’s work on animated shows and movies like Young Justice, and Justice League Dark to name a few. Based on the comics by writer Budjette Tan and artist Ka-jo Baldisimo, the show features an incredible English voice cast like Shay Mitchell (You), Jon Jon Briones (Ratched), Griffin Puatu (Spider-Man: Miles Morales), Matthew Yang King (Sweet Home), Darren Criss (Glee), Lou Diamond Phillips (Prodigal Son), Manny Jacinto (The Good Place) to name a few.

Premise: Set in Manila where the mythical creatures of Philippine folklore live in hiding amongst humans, Alexandra Trese finds herself going head to head with a criminal underworld comprised of malevolent supernatural beings.

Review: I knew little about the show when I dove in, I just liked the look of the animation, in fact when the trailer premiered during the Geeked Week stream I was busy on the phone. I discovered the show as I was watching it and I liked the fact that it has its own identity.

The world building is intriguing, unique in some many ways. It’s full of creatures that were unfamiliar to me, at least for some of them. I commend the show for not explaining its cultural identity but showcasing it instead. It was fascinating. However, the story is not as tightly woven as I would liked, the flow is a bit wonky despite the interesting dynamic between the characters and their history. It feel a bit rushed but it has a nice dark DC feel to it.

Trese is uniquely familiar because for some, the filipino myths and folklore will speak to them, and for others, Alexandra Trese will remind them of western comic book heroes they know like Constantine, Raven, or Zatana while being her own thing.

Rating: 7 out of 10.

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Lupin (Part 2) | A Sameness that Still Works…Kind of

I thoroughly enjoyed Lupin (Part 1) it was so engaging, nicely paced, and full of social commentaries that did not impede the story at all. Omar Sy (X-men Days of Future Past, The Untouchables) is amazing in the role, and the show is a nice spin on Maurice LeBlanc‘s The adventures of Arsène Lupin, gentleman thief.

Previously: Inspired by Maurice Leblanc’s stories on the adventures of Arsène Lupin, gentleman thief, Assane Diop sets out to avenge his father for an injustice inflicted by a wealthy family. Accused of a crime he didn’t commit, Assane’s father died in prison, leaving his then teenage son orphaned.

Premise: After enacting his revenge on the Pellegrini, the wealthy family that had his father wrongfully convicted and murdered. Assane Diop now finds himself on the receiving end of that family’s wrath, as they try to get him before his plans are completed.

Review: We pick up right we’re we left off, Raoul, Assane’s son is missing, he was kidnapped by Hubert Pellegrini’s man so a thrilling race to save him starts us off. Part two, the second half of what is essentially one season, is just as engaging as part one. A lot of what made the first half interesting remains, the clever traps and escapes, Pellegrini’s schemes, the social commentaries, and the intriguing characters.

However, I expected the show to go more in depth on all of those things but like I said it’s more of the same, it kind of stays surface level, so it ends up feeling a bit repetitive at points. Also some of the flashbacks, the ones in the 90s didn’t feel as useful as they were in part one. That said the show is fun to watch and I love the cast.

Rating: 7 out of 10.

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Sweet Tooth (S1) | A Captivating Adventure

This TV show wasn’t on my radar until the first teaser was released. I had no idea this was coming but the teaser trailer piqued my interest in the show. Created by Jim Mickle (Cold in July) and Beth Schwartz (Arrow), and produced by Team Downey, the series is based on Jeff Lamire‘s Vertigo comics “Sweet Tooth.
The Netflix series is narrated by James Brolin (The 33), stars Nonso Anozie (Artemis Fowl, Cinderella) as Tommy Jepperd Christian Convery (Venom, Lucifer, Legion) as Gus, Adeel Akhtar (Enola Holmes) as Dr. Singh, Will Forte (Booksmart) as Gus’ father Richard, Dania Ramirez (Jumanji: The Next Level, X-Men: The Last Stand) as Aimee, Neil Sandilands (News of the World) as General Steven Abbot, Stefania LaVie Owen (The Carrie Diaries, The Lovely Bones) as Bear, and Aliza Vellani (iZombie) as Rani Singh.

Premise: Ten years after the emergence of hybrids – babies born part human, part animal – coinciding with the spread of a dangerous virus. Hybrid children are hunted by many humans who fear they are the cause of the virus. Gus, a sheltered deer-boy, who grew up living safely in his secluded forest home befriends a wondering loner name Jepperd. The two will set out on an adventure across what’s left of America where they’ll meet unexpected allies and enemies, try to find answers, learn about Gus’ origins, Jepperd’s past, and the true meaning of home. Gus quickly learns the world outside the forest is more complex than he ever could have imagined.

Review: Giving that “Sweet Tooth” was a Vertigo comic, I expected something much darker and grittier. But a few minutes into the series I shed those expectations and revelled in the atmosphere of the series. Where most dystopian worlds are grim and brutal, the show is bright and hopeful with a hint of darkness and violence. It’s not all sunshine and rainbows though, the series’ tone manages not to be silly or sugary.

The series follows a bunch of key characters that ends up giving us a broader view of this post-apocalyptic world. Each of these characters add something to the story, bringing answers as the season unfolds, but Gus and Jepperd’s story is the heart of the show. Jepperd’s surliness does a lot to counterbalance Gus’ hopeful disposition. Their surogate-father and son relationship is breath of fresh air and I loved it.

The first season of Sweet Tooth beautifully sets up the characters, and the world they’re in. It’s engaging and a fun watch.

Rating: 7 out of 10.

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Special (S2) | Sincerity and Realism in a Heartfelt Comedy

The first season of the show was sweet and powerful. A good mix of comedy and seriousness in an LGBTQIA package. The creator, producer, star, and author of the memoir “I’m Special: And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves.” – which the show is based on – Ryan O’Connell is returning. Jessica Hecht (The Boys), Punam Patel (Space Force), Patrick Fabian (Better Call Saul), and Marla Mindelle (The Nomads) are also back. They are joined this season by Max Jenkins (Dead to Me), Charlie Barnett (You, Tales of the City, Russian Doll), Utkarsh Ambudkar (Godmothered, The Mindy Project), Karan Soni (Deadpool), Anjali Bhimani (Evil Eye, Runaways), Ajay Mehta (The Good Place), and newcomer Buck Andrews.

Last Season: A young gay man, Ryan, with mild cerebral palsy branches out from his insular existence in hopes of finally going after the life he wants.

Season premise: Set two months after the events of season one, as Ryan navigates his dating and work life, while still avoiding his mom, Karen. They both contemplate the next chapter of their life, trying to find happiness and facing new obstacles. Ryan’s best friend Kim, also deals with some difficulties in hers in her quest for balance.

Review: This season is longer, the episodes are half an hour instead of the 15, and with longer episodes we obviously have more story. But it’s not just more of the same, they’ve actually broadened the narrative without losing the show’s identity.

The show still has a big focus on disability and homosexuality because of Ryan, however his mother, Karen, and best friend, Kim, have a bigger parts in the overall story. Bringing more diversity to the series, not just a race and gender based diversity but one that covers different disabilities, cultures and ages while keeping it both fun and serious.

The series still leans into the uncomfortable moments, they don’t shy away from anything, and I love it – even if I wanted to fast forward some them. Whether it is well meaning and or shitty people saying or doing something insensitive the show goes in, not pulling any punches. And yet they manage to not overdramatize these moments, finding the comedy in it while taking them seriously. It’s honest even when it makes you cringe.

The balance between the drama and comedy is good but it really works because of the show has a stellar cast and great guest stars. The directors also did an amazing job making us feel part of the scenes, and teasing the hell out of us with the nude scenes.

Special season 2 is still a solid TV-Show that is worth your time. There’s a sincerity and reality in it the characters storylines that makes it all work.

Rating: 8 out of 10.

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