Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Netflix’s Fear Street Trilogy, on balance, was a really fun way of bringing the series of YA books to screen. Where as originally this was planned as a cinematic release, the COVID pandemic forced it over to Netflix and, in truth, it benefits from being on the streaming platform. The more immediate release scheme helped make this a ‘water cooler’ series and the fact that each film was well made, delivered good horror moments and expertly referenced the films it was inspired by, helped it quickly grab the share of conversation. It also helped that the films played more mature than the original source material, with ample moments of splatter. Director Leigh Janiak takes a lot of credit here, but is helped by a very game cast who give it 100% at every turn and a killer soundtrack to set the tone. On balance the middle episode (1978) still could have done more with it’s setting but overall the three films were pretty balanced and any weaknesses where quickly glossed over with a crushed skull or shots of eye less children. Was any new ground broken? Not really (except maybe for the smart release schedule) but also it didn’t need to be. Fear Street delivered exactly what it needed to over the three films – gore, a good story and a series of fun, knowing homages that left you wanting more.
Best Bit: The story reveal
Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream
If You Liked this Try: Scream, Friday The 13th, The Witch (2015)