There was no way you made it through the nineties without reading something by R.L. Stine. Somewhere deep within the attics, basements, storage units, and libraries of thirty-somethings everywhere lies a treasure trove of young adult books. I myself somehow graduated from Goosebumps at around eleven and went straight into the likes of Stephen King and Dean Koontz, I never went through the Fear Street books myself, but with the latest trailer drop for Leigh Janiak’s Fear Street Trilogy, I worry I may have missed some great storytelling.
Much in the way The Red Riding Trilogy presented itself on U.K television in 2009, The Fear Street Trilogy looks to scare us with back-to-back-to-back releases, separating itself only with the year the events take place in. The trilogy will start in 1994, and, unlike Red Riding, it will move backward through time as it continues and focuses on a supernatural killer. Netflix seems to be playing this one a bit close to the chest, and very little has been revealed about the individual stories. Essentially —and likely because I never read the books—all we know is that a group of teenagers in 1994 discover an ancient curse and history of a brutal murder that has plagued the town of Shadyside for the last three hundred years. As the trilogy continues, the audience will be brought to Camp Nightwing in 1978 and finally uncover the origins of Sarah Fier’s curse in a witch trial nightmare in 1666.
The Fear Street films may be coming straight to your living room, but it doesn’t seem like they’re about to skimp on the violence and gore. If the trailer highlights—which include a throat slashing, a regenerating bullet-ridden young girl, and an eyeless preacher—are any indications this R-rated telling of the teenage reading material will be drenched in blood and body parts. I also feel like because we’re made to go back in time, every film will have to up the ante. I also think, and this is purely speculation, that we’re not going to see the end of the first film until we make it to the end of the trilogy, which, if done right, could be a lot of fun.
The Fear Street films will feature Come Play’s Gillian Jacobs, Stranger Things’ Sadie Sink, Designated Survivor’s Ashley Zukerman, Rim of the World’s Benjamin Flores Jr., and The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It’s Charlene Amoia among the cast being terrorized by the curse. Fear Street Part One: 1994 arrives on July 2, Part Two: 1978 arrives on July 9, and the trilogy concludes with Part Three: 1666 on July 16.
So what do you think of the trailer for the Fear Streat Trilogy? Do you agree with Sean that it looks like blood-soaked fun? Let us know in the comments! And if you’re looking for more trailers, we’ve got you covered!