Director: Leigh Janiak
Writer: Kyle Killen, Phil Graziadei (Screenplay) R.L. Stine (Books)
Starring: Kiana Madeira, Olivia Scott Welch, Benjamin Flores Jr, Julia Rehwald, Maya Hawke, Fred Hechinger Charlene Amoia, David W Thompson
Plot: A circle of teenage friends accidentally encounter the ancient evil responsible for a series of brutal murders that have plagued their town for over 300 years. Welcome to Shadyside.
Tagline – Three movies. Three weeks. One killer story.
Runtime: 1 Hour 47 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Story: Fear Street Part 1: 1994 starts when a murder happens between the towns of Shadyside and Sunnyvale. With Deena (Madeira) stuck between the rivalry and her former girlfriend Sam (Welch). After the two schools clash on the road a skull masked person turns up at Deena’s house, with them wanting to get revenge, it seems like it is just the rivalry between the towns.
What starts believing it is just school pranking each other turns into Deena, Sam, Kate (Rehwald), Josh (Flores Jr) and Simon (Hechinger) needing to fight to survive against the town’s most notorious killers from the past and present.
Thoughts on Fear Street Part 1: 1994
Characters & Performances – Deena is dealing with the break-up of her girlfriend which has left her feeling alone in the town, often seen as the outsider, when she is involved in a clash with the rival school the pair get drawn back together as they try to figure out why they are being hunted down by a serial killer. Sam if the former girlfriend of Deena that moved to the rival town, she ends up getting caught up in the middle of the battle to survive, bringing her back to the friends she once left, leaving her with the difficult decision of what to do. Kate is the confident friend that will do step up and make the difficult decisions for the group to make sure they survive the nightmare situation. Josh is the younger brother of Deena that has studying the history of the town, knowing about what has happened before and knows what could help the group. Simon is the idiot friend that is here while everything unfolds, he will become a key part to fighting back, even if he does end up take the typical ditzy figure we see in slasher films. The performances in the film are strong throughout, be it Kiana Madeira leading final girl figure, Olivia Scott Welch bringing everything to her performance, Benjamin Flores Jr full confident geeky figure or Julia Rehwald no-nonsense thinking.
Story – The story here follows a group of friends that discovery they are involved in more than just a school rivalry when they start getting hunted down by killers from the town’s history after disturbing a witch’s grave. This is everything you would want from a slasher style story, we have the lead group who are all given enough to make them standout needing to fight against killers that will become difficult to defeat. It dives into town history, takes twists along the way and will see them dealing with different abilities of evil after them, filled with the tone that will make it enjoyable and creating a group you want to see survive the horrors.
Themes – Fear Street Part 1: 1994 is a slasher horror that is the first part of a trilogy, it will introduce the evil and what it can do, while keeping everything in the slasher style tone, with plenty of blood and gore along the way. The idea of two rival towns side by side will try to distract from what is happening, showing one side it could just be what is expect in the tragedy hit town, while the other side will always look down on them.
Final Thoughts – Fear Street Part 1: 1994 is a highly entertaining slasher film that is one of the best of the modern era of the horror sub-genre.