Unlike the other two “Fear Street” films, which paid homage to horror films from the eras in which they were set, “1666” stands on its own. It may have echoes of “The Village” or “The Crucible,” but it isn’t bound by those constraints. Also, perhaps being compelled to write outside of modern idioms lessened the usage of clichéd and awkward speech in the third chapter. In comparison to parts 1 and 2, there are less jump scares, with series director and co-writer Leigh Janiak leaning more on the creepiness of the location and our involvement in the plot. Because this is a trilogy rather than a slasher picture with haphazard sequels, the stakes are far higher.
“1666” starts off where “Part 2: 1978” left off, when series protagonist Deena (Kiana Madeira) thought she was breaking the Shadyside Witch’s curse, only to find herself transferred to the Witch’s/Sarah Fier’s time, experiencing the world through her eyes and inhabiting her body. Finally, the truth of the Witch’s tale and the events leading up to her death is revealed, although not in a flashback style. The bulk of the film is set then, with the individuals, their motivations, and their world being explored. IMDB