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For love, you can do everything even if that means killing dead people just to protect the one you love, literally. In this movie starring Olivia Scott Welch and Kianna Madeira, a teen-slasher with a tad of romance will make you want to watch an R-Rated Horror movie trilogy.
Fear Street:1994 is the first installment of Netflix's horror trilogy, Fear Street. An uncanny battle for life with the undead chasing them down, showing undeniable chemistry with these teenagers wanting to survive the night.
In 1994, a mall employee working in a bookstore shop named Heather Watkins (Maya Hawke) was murdered by another mall employee, her friend Ryan. After killing several employees and chasing after Heather, he was shot in the head by the police. The incident was reported on television, dubbing Shadyside as "the killer capital of USA" and the exact opposite of its neighboring town, Sunnyvale — a prosperous and safe city.
Teenagers believe that these killings were because of Sarah Fier, a witch who placed a curse in the town before being executed in 1666. However, a Shadyside teenager named Deena Johnson( does not believe in the curse. Living in her own life drama, she's still overcoming her recent break-up with her closeted girlfriend, Sam. At the vigil in Sunnyvale for the victims of the Shadyside mall killings, Deena and Sam met again. Meanwhile, a heated argument had started between Shadyside and Sunnyvale students in the event. When Shadyside students have been chased by Peter, then Sam's new boyfriend; Deena and the Shadyside students counterattacked them causing a car accident that made Sam hospitalized.
Before transporting to the hospital, she had a vision of the witch. The following night, Deena and her friends were stalked by a mysterious figure that looks like the Shadyside killer which they believe was Peter. Angered by the thought, Deena and her friends visited Sam but Shadyside's past killers haunt them, murdering Peter and several other people in the hospital. After hearing about Sam's vision, they have realized that Sam disturbed her grave when she touched the bones. In a series of attempts to stop the chase, they have realized that burying Sarah Fier's bones nor slaughtering the killers wouldn't be possible.
Josh figured out a solution to their problem through his news clippings about Shadyside killings. C. Bernmann, a survivor of the 1978 Camp Nightwing massacre had already died but was resuscitated. They tried to call her and ask for help but to no avail, she didn't answer. The group devised a plan to kill Sam and revive her again using drugs. The plan failed with Sam only vomiting the drugs. The Shadyside killers still haunting them, killed Kate and Simon while Deena is drowning to death a willing Sam. After Sam stopped breathing, the killers disappeared and Deena revived her using Epipens and CPR.
The police decided to take the blame on Simon and Kate since they are notorious drug sellers in the area. Meanwhile, Sam and Deena had reconciled again, coming out to the public as a couple. Later the night where both Sam and Deena are hanging out in the latter's house, C. Bernmann called saying that there's no escape to the curse's witch. Now possessed, Sam stabbed Deena and tried to kill her but Deena fought and hit her, subduing possessed Sam and tied her up.
Think of the Scream or Nightmare on Elm Street, your typical horror classics with a hint of retro aesthetics then you would have the Fear Street: 1994. As an R-rated movie, it comes with the gore yet inexplicit dramatization of horror. Being new of its kind, the movie is undoubtedly unalike with other teen slasher movies of the 80s and 90s or even the early 2000s. The concept and the story of this first movie had plotted down the story.
The elements presented here may be somehow familiar to you but it still holds a different vibe that will grip you to watch it. The death scenes are more of a gore thing and the whole movie is graphical. Expect some thrilling actions and blood everywhere.
Although it's based on a 90s slasher thriller story, the movie's appeal is different in its own tone. I really love the fact that they focused on making a queer relationship and making that couple the leading roles for the film. Aside from that, the romantic connection does not overpower its horror gripping theme.
As the first of its franchise, it had laid out the story perfectly. With some scenes that will make you what to think what's the next after some deaths here.
I was a fan of Stranger Things and honestly, the timeline of the movie makes me remember the series but in a good way, this film is different. The camera work is a match, I like the shots and transitions in the movie. The scenes were a stealer but I personally liked the fact that it's graphical yet realistic.
Although the cast is bagged by some new names in the entertainment industry, I must say that they are all really good. Simon, Kate, and Josh are played by Fred Hechinger, Julia Rehwald, and Benjamin Flores Jr. respectively. I like the friends' chemistry along with Olivia and Kianna. As a teenage-slasher film, the teenage vibes they emit are really cool. The suspense scenes are also enacted superbly which I truly love.
Also, Kianna and Olivia's characters are just lovely! Their chemistry as a couple is really great, beyond the screen... I am swooning for them.
Absolutely, the cast enacted their roles efficiently as well as their reprising acts on the soon films.
With its thematic slasher genre, the film lived up to expectations and by far, beyond that. The story had really transpired its teenage slasher genre of the 70s-90s to something relatable now. It effectively portrayed a movie that even people who didn't read the R.L Stines books will surely love.
It has the right amount of goriness that you would expect in a teen-slasher show. Interestingly, Fear Street:1994 is an R-rated film with a few more scenes that will make the audiences watch it more.
The good thing is its LGBTQ+ representation where slasher films of the 90s era do not have.
A must-watch for sure. No matter if you lived in the 90s era or are a person who just wants to watch the next horror film for your Friday hang-out, you should try to check this out. Since it's the first of its trilogy, expect that your cliffhanger moment will be relieved by the next films in the line-up. Fear Street: 1994 has the right amount of goriness that will make you want to puke at times, scream, and hide. Meanwhile, there is also the fiery chemistry from the cast and that romantic attraction you will really see from Sam and Deena.
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