On Monday, Netflix released a trailer for their upcoming trio of movies based on R.L. Stine’s Fear Street series.
The streaming service may be following suit with other providers that have moved toward weekly release schedules, but at least we’ll be getting full movies for this. The films also crank up the book series from PG/PG-13 into R-rated territory, which makes sense if you’re actually going to show all those teenagers killed slashed.
Don’t just take my word for it, though. R.L. Stine himself said the same thing in statement about the films, declaring:
Fear Street fans are in for a treat–and some major surprises. Readers know that the book series is rated PG. But the movies are rated R. That means a lot more thrills– and a lot more terror! I have seen Leigh Janiak’s epic trilogy releasing on Netflix in July and I can tell you the scares and the SCREAMS are more than I ever expected. What fun to see the horrors of Shadyside come to life!
So for those of us (like me) who never read the Fear Street books, what can we expect? Here are the individual movies’ descriptions via Bloody Disgusting, who have been covering this project since before it was on anyone else’s radar:
Fear Street Part 1 (July 2): In 1994, in the aftermath of a brutal tragedy in Shadyside, Ohio, a group of teens discover that a series of horrifying events that have plagued their town over many years might not be random, and that they may be the next victims.
Fear Street Part 2 (July 9): In 1978, Camp Nightwing is divided by the campers and counselors who hail from the of prosperous town of Sunnyvale and the campers and maintenance staffers from the downtrodden town of Shadyside, but when horrors from their towns shared history come alive, they must band together to solve a terrifying mystery before it’s too late.
Fear Street Part 3 (July 16): In 1666, a colonial town is gripped by a hysterical witch-hunt that has deadly consequences for centuries to come, and it’s up to teenagers in 1994 to try and finally put an end to their town’s curse, before it’s too late.
The films also boast a great cast, which includes Gillian Jacobs along with Stranger Things‘ Sadie Sink and Maya Hawke (although the trailer already has me worried about one of them making it to the end of the trilogy).
This may not be the Goosebumps many of us grew up with, but it certainly looks like something that could be a lot of fun to watch this summer after the sun goes down.
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