Quick-Thoughts: Fear Street Part Three: 1666

Yo, these MOFOs were way ahead of their time taking perks in 1666.

The first half of this conclusion to the three-part Fear Street saga is such a run-of-the-mill retread of a Salem’s Witch Trial conundrum that cowers to go beyond the standard story beat of people who don’t fit into popular belief and standards being blamed for natural disasters by easily manipulated religious nuts. The worst part about the first half of all this too is that we know were everybody ends up because of preconceived information disclosed in the first two Fear Street parts, so not only are we waiting through nearly an hour of seeing how surface-level a statement on higher-ups using marginalized groups as targets can go on for, but the only surprises we have to look forward to is how exactly A gets to B, via a predictable false victim plot. Jeez, who else seconds that we should’ve all just watched The VVitch (2015) again instead if we wanted to relearn about how the s****y patriarchy destroys the lives of others? 

What’s interesting about my experience with this movie though was that I inferred based on moments in the plot that this was possibly leading up to a new allegory, one on how past injustices are detrimental enough to counteract centuries of recurring injustices because of how it forces radical self-defense out from those victimized who have no other choice, as if initiating some sort of curse that harms all kin from thereon forth, and I was like well damn that’s unfortunate that you’re using exhausting textbook formula to help paint this picture, but yeah go ahead, that’s better than nothing. Yet instead, it actually ended up being a way cornier commentary that just read along the lines of people who create disasters so that they can be clean-up crew, save the day, and get rewarded amidst false public knowledge — i.e. The Incredibles (2004), Frozen (2013)… should I list any more Disney movies for which do the same thing this R-rated movie does that somehow is also miles more immature than those animated examples I just mentioned and furthermore didn’t require you to go through two mediocre movies to get there?

Lastly, remember when I complimented the previous two parts for being fearless when it came to just killing off characters? Well, Part Three I guess decided to call it quits and order in a huge shipment of plot armor to go around. Plus, the climax was edited like a trailer; I don’t think I could’ve possibly left that obnoxious detail out, let alone how foreseeable every occurrence in it was to top things off. Anyhow… failed experiment, Netflix, but to a degree, I respect the attempt? Try again! 

Verdict: D

2021 Ranked

“Fear Street Part Three: 1666” is now available to stream on Netflix.

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