I have to admit that I was totally hyped hearing about the Fear Street films that would be making their way onto Netflix this year. R. L. Stein’s Fear Street books were one of the few things that slipped under my parents radar. I only got my hands on a few, but boy were they addicting. I never dreamed there would be a film adaptation of these.
Netflix can be very hit or miss with it’s adaptations (looking at you Death Note, ugh) so I was understandably nervous, but holy hell I was not disappointed by this movie. Fear Street 1994 did for 90s kids what Stranger Things did for the 80s. The music nostalgia alone was well worth watching and there are constant references to the time without being overtly obvious. There was so much packed into this movie I find myself wanting to watch it again because I know there are things I had to have missed.
In all, this movie is a great teen slasher film that also pays homage to the classics before it. There are clear influences and references from Scream, Friday the 13th, Halloween, and more. It managed the perfect blend of teenage drama and classic horror while also bringing it to the current times by adding a diverse leading cast and lgbtq+ representation. It wasn’t perfect, but it is a really fun movie.
The second installment, Fear Street 1978, comes out next week, July 9th on Netflix.