Fear Street: 1666 (2021)

Fear Street: 1666
Director: Leigh Janiak
Writer: Phil Graziadei, Leigh Janiak, Kate Trefry
Based on: R.L. Stine‘s series
Sequel to: Fear Street: 1994, Fear Street: 1978
Cast: Kiana Madeira, Olivia Scott Welch, Benjamin Flores Jr., Julia Rehwald, Fred Hechinger, Ashley Zukerman, Darrell Britt-Gibson, Jordyn DiNatale, Elizabeth Scopel, Gillian Jacobs, Emily Rudd, Sadie Sink, McCabe Slye, Ryan Simpkins, Ted Sutherland, Sam Brooks, Jordana Spiro
Seen on: 12.8.2021

Plot:
Deena (Kiana Madeira) has a vision of how everything started with Sarah Fier (Elizabeth Scopel) in 1666, seeing events through her eyes to learn how Sarah’s curse started, and how Deena can hopefully finally end it. It appears that Sarah used to be a normal teenager, trying her best to take care of her brother Henry (Benjamin Flores Jr.) and her father (Randy Havens), and even the unfortunate widower Solomon Goode (Ashley Zukerman). But after a visit to The Widow (Jordana Spiro) everything changes.

Fear Street: 1666 was a really nice finale to a very satisfying trilogy – one that doesn’t only deliver emotionally, but also gives us some surprises that completely paid off for me.

The film poster showing Hannah/Sam (Olivia Scott Welch) tinted in green above a tree, a hooded figure carrying a torch and Solomon Goode (Ashley Zukerman).
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Fear Street: 1978 (2021)

Fear Street: 1978
Director: Leigh Janiak
Writer: Zak Olkewicz, Leigh Janiak
Based on: R.L. Stine‘s series
Sequel to: Fear Street: 1994
Cast: Emily Rudd, Sadie Sink, McCabe Slye, Ryan Simpkins, Ted Sutherland, Sam Brooks, Kiana Madeira, Olivia Scott Welch, Benjamin Flores Jr., Gillian Jacobs, Jordana Spiro, Ashley Zukerman
Seen on: 8.8.2021

Plot:
After Deena (Kiana Madeira) and her friends tracked down the sole survivor of the massacre at Camp Nightwing, and the only person they know who escaped the witch, they ask her (Gillian Jacobs) what happened at the camp in 1978. Back then sisters Ziggy (Sadie Sink) and Cindy (Emily Rudd) couldn’t have been more different, but they were both at the camp and preparing for the annual Sunnyvale vs Shadyside capture the flag game. But then Cindy’s boyfriend Tommy (McCabe Slye) is attacked, apparently without reason, by the camp Nurse (Jordana Spiro). And that’s only the beginning of the bloodbath.

Fear Street: 1978 has the challenging job of making us care for characters and a story of which we already know the ending, but it does so very well, mixing likeable characters with backstory revelations that kept my interested and involvement in the story.

The film poster showing an axe, a pitchfork and a knifedrenched in blood, all stuck in the floor.
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Fear Street: 1994 (2021)

Fear Street: 1994
Director: Leigh Janiak
Writer: Phil Graziadei, Leigh Janiak
Based on: R.L. Stine‘s series
Cast: Kiana Madeira, Olivia Scott Welch, Benjamin Flores Jr., Julia Rehwald, Fred Hechinger, Ashley Zukerman, Darrell Britt-Gibson, Jordyn DiNatale, Elizabeth Scopel, Gillian Jacobs, Maya Hawke
Seen on: 6.8.2021

Plot:
Shadyside is a difficult place to live, as Deena (Kiana Madeira) and her brother Josh (Benjamin Flores Jr.) well know. Poverty, crime and a whole lot of murder has plagued the city since about forever – quite to the contrary to the neighboring town Sunnyvale. Rumors are that is the curse of the witch Sarah Fier (Elizabeth Scopel) who was hung 300 years ago and is taking her vengeance still. But Deena has no time to believe fairy tales like that – she dreams of getting out, as do her best friends Kate (Julia Rehwald) and Simon (Fred Hechinger). At the same time, she feels very betrayed by the fact that her big love Sam (Olivia Scott Welch) moved to Sunnyvale. When Deena has to meet her at a school event, things get out of hand – and Deena has to realize that there may be more to the Sarah Fier story than she thought at first.

Fear Street: 1994 is a really satisfying watch with great characters that should satisfy horror fans. Especially if they lived through the 90s themselves (like me). I had an excellent time with it.

The film poster showing Deena (Kiana Madeira) lit by purple neon light, above a school hallway with an axe murderer and two masked killers next to that image.
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Bad Milo! (2013)

Bad Milo!
Director: Jacob Vaughan
Writer: Jacob Vaughan, Benjamin Hayes
Cast: Ken Marino, Gillian Jacobs, Mary Kay Place, Claudia Choi, Patrick Warburton, Peter Stormare
Part of: /slash Filmfestival [Though I got so drunk during Sharknado that during the Festival proper I barely saw anything of the film and had to re-watch it later.]

Plot:
Duncan (Ken Marino) has stomach issues which are only made worse by an unwanted promotion, his family’s pressure to have kids with his wife Sarah (Gillian Jacobs) for which he feels entirely unready and the therapist (Peter Stormare) Sarah mostly talked him into seeing. But the stress really only starts when he finds out that his stomach issues are actually a demon living in his bowels.

Bad Milo! was nice but it didn’t blow me away. It had some funny moments but mostly it just kind of ambled along and didn’t move me much in any direction.

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