Fear Street Part 3: 1666 Review – An Underwhelming End to an Overall Underwhelming Trilogy

The Illuminerdi reviews 'Fear Street Part 3: 1666', the last entry in Netflix's horror trilogy.
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The last part in Netflix’s horror trilogy event, Fear Street Part 3: 1666, is also the least terrifying

The origins of Sarah Fier’s curse are finally revealed as history comes full circle on a night that promises to change the lives of everyone in Shadyside forever. But does it?


The last entry in the Fear Street trilogy is here and it is disappointing. Netflix’s horror event started off strong with an entertaining slasher that featured lots of potential for exciting worldbuilding and a larger overarching story, but that excitement petered out Fear Street Part 2: 1978, with the release order hurting the overarching plot.

Sarah Fier Brings The Fear To Fear Street

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We are now in the year 1666, the year in which the Shadyside curse starts. The cast members from the previous two films are taking on new roles, but we mostly focus on the fan favourite couple from the first film: Deena (Kiana Madeira) and Sam (Olivia Scott Welch), but now Madeira is playing the infamous Sarah Fier, while Welch portrays Hannah Miller. I won’t dive further into plot details, but people who have seen the first two films know exactly where it’s leading. The film is carried by the great chemistry between Madeira and Welch, who are the only factor to keep audiences interested.

It’s like I imagined: the fact that the chronologically first film is the last one being released, gives audiences not much new to see in this one. We already know the largest part of the story thanks to the first two films. The first hour flows by and there isn’t much interesting that kept me invested. Luckily, the film is split in two parts: Fear Street Part 3: 1666 and what is essentially “Fear Street: 1994 Part 2,” which basically is the continuation of the ending of the overarching plot started in the first entry.

But it takes itself a lot more time compared to the few minutes at the end in Fear Street Part 2: 1978. This is when the film takes up some steam again and gives us a brutal face-off in the veins of the first part. While the solution to the overwhelming obstacles is fairly simple, it works fine giving us a satisfying end, to an underwhelming first half.

Sadly the end of the trilogy is the least interesting in terms of kills and in terms of actually being a horror movie. It just serves as an long epilogue or for explanation purposes. It isn’t really able to stand on it’s own as it’s utterly boring taking away the solving of the overarching plot. It is not really a slasher nor scary. It feels like an filler episode of the series, as the first half of the film just hasn’t enough going for it.

It left me wondering if we would have taken the second half of the film as well as the important things of the first half, which come up to just a few minutes and put them in the first two films we would have gotten an exciting duology with each movie clocking around the 2 hour mark.

Fear Street Part 3: 1666 is the least exciting entry in the franchise, with only a few kills and horror elements, while it throws unnecessary plot explanation and even more history at your head, while at the same time giving an underwhelming solution to the general conflict. The great chemistry between Kiana Madeira and Olivia Scott Welch solidifies further, but otherwise this is overall an underwhelming trilogy to watch.


Fear Street Part 3: 1666 hits Netflix July 16, 2021. It is based on the book series by R.L. Stine with the same name and was directed by Leigh Janiak. It stars: Kiana Madeira, Ashley Zukerman, Olivia Scott Welch, Benjamin Flores Jr. and Gillian Jacobs.

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Finn thinks and talks about movies all day, has a strong interest in how movies are made and he loves great cinematography. Comedy or horror, arthouse or big-budget blockbuster, Finn watches everything. He is a passionate Blu-Ray collector and is still waiting for a Jumper (2008) sequel.