Fear Street Part 1: 1994 (2021) Review

Directed By: Leigh Janiak

Starring: Kiana Madeira, Olivia Scott Welch, Benjamin Flores Jr., Julia Rehwald, Fred Hechinger, Ashley Zukerman, Darrell Britt-Gibson and Maya Hawke.

Synopsis: A circle of teenage friends accidentally encounter the ancient evil responsible for a series of brutal murders that have plagued their town for over 300 years. Welcome to Shadyside.

Review: The first entry in the Fear Street trilogy wastes no time in enticing viewers in with its classic homage-esque opening reminiscent of the Scream movies, in which we see a masked serial killer chase and murder the first victim in brutal fashion, this sets the wheels in motion for the story.

Fear Street Part 1 has an old school vibe throughout and you cant help but be transported back to the good old days of horror. The ways the story plays out and how the characters are written feels all so familiar and it’s all quite nostalgic, especially from a horror fans POV. The actors really brought the characters to life and you connect with them. Another bonus to mention is the soundtrack which is great as well, fans of classic rock will love it!

The stories main focus is centred around five teens from the cursed town aptly named Shadyville, whose residents all seem to go stir crazy then suddenly go on a killing spree. People from the next town over named Sunnyvale put it down to them just being unhinged, the Shadyville teens believe a curse is to blame, regarding a witch named Sarah Fiers who possesses people. It leaves the ultimate question as the teens are stalked by a masked killer (or few), is it residents who are going stir crazy or is the curse of Sarah Fiers real?

Fear Street is quite gory and doesn’t hold back on the bloodshed, some moments will have you laughing, then in fear and then some may even mix them both. Director Leigh Janiak has put together something quite special that will have horror fans talking for a while to come. Fear Street Part 1 is a solid 4-stars.

Fear Street: 1994 sets up the sequel and fans of the genre will be overjoyed to see the sequel takes place at a summer camp!

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