Let’s start with the bad news: the release date for Season 4 of Netflix’s Stranger Things is still unknown. What’s the good news? Fear Street will tide us over till the end of the summer. The Netflix trilogy follows a group of friends as they uncover the secrets behind a string of gruesome killings in their hometown of Shadyside, inspired on R.L. Stine’s horrific books of the same name. This horrific narrative, however, isn’t a straight adaptation of a Stine novel. Instead, director Leigh Janiak collaborates with her Honeymoon co-writer to create a whole new tale, the first installment of which will be available on Netflix this Friday. While it is unlikely to make you double-check your door locks.
Fear Street Part 1: 1994 stays fairly true to the tone and atmosphere of its source material, preserving the delicate mix of horror and humor that has drew generations of young readers to Stine’s work while also paying tribute to modern horror masterpieces like Scream. Despite the old clichés, the picture manages to thrill owing to an outstanding cast of young actors, a tense music and soundtrack, and a hefty dose of ’90s nostalgia. Shadyside and Sunnyvale, the Fear Street universe’s adjacent communities, couldn’t be more unlike. While Sunnyvale has a rich history, success, and wealth, Shadyside looks to be more run-down and impoverished. IMDB