It’s no secret that Netflix has been consistently distributing horror content— Calibre, The Haunting of Hill House, The Haunting of Bly Manor, and Bird Box are just a few of the titles that Netflix has put out over the past few years. So it should be no surprise that Netflix has dropped a trailer for a new horror offering called Fear Street. What did shock us, though, was the fact that this will not be a one-film event— it’ll be a trilogy.
The Netflix film event is based off of a series of horror books by the same name, written by R.L. Stine (most famous for his beloved Goosebumps series). The series is set in Shadyside, Ohio, and follows teenagers grappling with frightening events rocking their town in three different times: 1994, 1978, and 1666. The cast includes Maya Hawke and Sadie Sink— two actresses that fans of Netflix’s Stranger Things will recognize.
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The trailer offers glimpses of all three of these films, offering us insight into Shadyside’s horrifying history. A newscaster in 1994 reports that, “A history of horror has earned it the nickname Killer Capital, USA.” Newspaper clippings show that massacres have happened routinely throughout Shadyside’s history. A survivor of the 1978 massacre points others back to where it all started: 1666. The scenes of 1666 offer a terrifying persecution, a Witch Hunt that ends in a hanging, and a minister possessed.
The trailer is backed by a remixed version of Gloria Gaynor’s popular hit, "I Will Survive", bringing an uncertain, almost questioning feel to the typically positive pop anthem. The lettering in the trailer is neon and poppy, a sharp contrast to the film’s darker quality, but keeping with R.L. Stine’s traditionally lighter tone.
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The first movie of the trilogy, Part One: 1994, will be released on July 2nd. Part Two: 1978, will be released on July 9th, and Part Three: 1666, on July 16th.
Check out the trailer for Fear Street below:
You can watch the first installment of Fear Street on Friday, July 2.