Fear Street: Part Three – 1666 (2021) Movie Review

Fear Street Part Three 1666 – Loses the Slasher Impact

 

Director: Leigh Janiak

Writer: Phil Graziadei, Leigh Janiak, Kate Trefry (Screenplay) R.L. Stine (Story)

Starring: Kiana Madeira, Elizabeth Scopel, Benjamin Flores Jr, Randy Havens, Julia Rehwald, Matthew Zuk, Fred Hechinger

Plot: The origins of Sarah Fier’s curse are finally revealed as history comes full circle on a night that changes the lives of Shadysiders forever.


Tagline – End the Curse

Runtime: 1 Hour 54 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Fear Street Part Three 1666 starts right where the last Fear Street finished, with Deena (Madiera) transported back to 1666 into the body of Sarah Fier, taking over her life in this era, with her friends and family Henry (Flores Jr), Lizzie (Rehwald) Isaac (Hechinger) and Hannah (Welch) all here too.

After getting caught together Sarah and Hannah start to see a new evil force coming over the community, possessing people, with the town needing answers pointing figures at anyone they can, creating the witch hunt for Sarah.

Thoughts on Fear Street Part Three 1666

Characters & Performances – Sarah Fier is the witch that has been haunting the city for decades, now we get to learn what caused this in the first place, seeing the farming community woman that gets falsely accused of being a witch, looking for the answers we have seen Deena searching for to end the curse. Kiana Madeira does well for all the horror side of the film, but like most of the cast here, we get a strange out of place Irish accent. Hannah is the other girl accused of being a witch, captured and left waiting her fate. In the 1666 era we get to meet the host of the typical witch fearing figures that will reveal who is truly behind the attacks for the generations. As previous mentioned, anyone in the 1666 they all struggle with the Irish accents, being all over the place, but the fear side of the performances work well.

StoryThe story here looks to complete the story of what has been haunting the town for generations, showing us what started it and how it will keep coming back leaving piles of bodies, mixing the 1666 witch hunting world, with the 1994 slasher era trying to end it once and for all. This is easily the weakest start for the film, with most of the witch hunt not getting the intensity needed, but the story is saved by an excellent second half, which will complete the journey looking to end the curse on the town. Most of this film is more about putting the final pieces together that we have started getting, with most of it adding up nicely to give us a complete trilogy.

ThemesFear Street Part Three 1666 is a horror that takes us away from the slasher era of the film for the first part, diving into demonic ideas and witch hunting, which does take the big step back for the first half of the film. Once we get back into the slasher side of things, we get back to what makes this shine, taking everything to the next level.

Final Thoughts Fear Street Part Three 1666 is a great conclusion to the trilogy, that will go down as one of the best modern slashers.

ABC Film Challenge – Comedy – Q – Zeroville (2019) Movie Question

This is going under Q because I have too many questions about what the hell was going on.

Director: James Franco

Writer: Paul Felton, Ian Olds (Screenplay) Steve Erickson (Novel)

Starring: James Franco, Megan Fox, Seth Rogen, Joey King, Jacki Weaver, Dave Franco, Craig Robinson

Plot: A young ex-communicated seminarian, Ike “Vikar” Jerome, arrives in Los Angeles on the same August day in 1969 that a crazed hippie ”family” led by Charles Manson commits five savage murders.


Tagline – Sex, Cinema, and Punk Rock

Runtime: 1 Hour 36 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Final Thoughts Zeroville I really didn’t understand this film, it just seemed aggressive, messy and all over the place.

Midnight in the Swtichgrass – Release News

Midnight in the Switchgrass is on Digital Download 13 August and DVD 16 August from Lionsgate UK

While in Florida working on a sting operation to catch a predator who has been targeting sex workers,  FBI  agents  Helter  (Willis)  and  Lombardo  (Fox)  cross  paths with state cop Crawford (Hirsch), who’s investigating a separate string of female murders that appear to be related. Lombardo and Crawford team up to set a trap for the killer, with Lombardo putting her life on the line to act as the bait. When the off-the-books operation goes horribly wrong, Lombardo is plunged into grave danger and Crawford finds himself pitted against a serial killer in a twisted game of cat and mouse…

The Forever Purge (2021) Movie Review

The Forever Purge – Solid Twist on the Purge

 

Director: Everardo Gout

Writer: James DeMonaco (Screenplay)

Starring: Ana de la Reguera, Tenoch Huerta, Josh Lucas, Cassidy Freeman, Leven Rambin, Alejandro Edda, Will Patton

Plot: All the rules are broken as a sect of lawless marauders decides that the annual Purge does not stop at daybreak and instead should never end.


Tagline – The rules are broken.

Runtime: 1 Hour 43 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: The Forever Purge starts as we follow two Mexicans Adela (Reguera) and Juan (Huerta) who sneak across the border to start a new life in America, with Adela working in a meat packing plant and Juan working for Caleb Tucker (Patton) as a cowboy on his ranch.

The pair get to experience their first Purge, believing they have survived, until the morning after a group of lawless marauders decide to make it a ‘Forever Purge’ continuing to kill anyone that doesn’t agree with them, believing they need to make America great again. Adela, Juan, Dylan (Tucker), Cassidy (Freeman), Harper (Rambin) and T.T (Edda) needing to race to the Mexican border for safety.

Thoughts on The Forever Purge

Characters & Performances – Adela has started her new life in America, she is looking to put her mysterious past behind her, showing her leadership skills on her new job, she will need to use her skills from her past to lead the people to safety. Juan is Adela’s husband who has taken the cowboy role, he is the best on the Tucker ranch despite feeling like Dylan hates him, he will need to put the differences aside to make it out alive. Dylan Tucker is the son of Caleb, he will always look to prove himself the best, he doesn’t like mixing with anyone outside his group, but doesn’t look to create the violent hate towards them, he must also learn to deal with the differences to make it out alive. Ana de la Reguera, Tenoch Huerta and Josh Lucas all do well in this film, all getting that moment to shine through the chaos.

StoryThe story here takes us back to the world where the Purge is happening, only this time a large group of people around America decide to continue the Purge, causing the mayhem and chaos, as we follow a group of survivors looking for safety. This story does take the idea of The Purge and does something fresh with the idea, showing us just how people will decide to make up their own rules, wanting to continue the violence once it has finished. This might well work for the chaos created, but it does seem to miss out why the Purge is suddenly a thing again, like why was it bought back after one of the previous films exposed the truth behind it and ended it. The marketing for the film is also misleading, with the colourful psychopaths just not being involved as much as advertised.

ThemesThe Forever Purge is an action horror that will continue to bring us down to the violent action being committed by people who want to unleash their anger in murder over one night, only this time, they don’t stop at the end, making it a race against time to try and make it out alive. The settings are used to show the luxury life the Tucker’s have compared to the workers from other countries who are struggling to survive. We do get one continuous take through a chaotic battle ground in the streets, which is the highlight of the film, because most of the action is a shaky to watch.

Final Thoughts The Forever Purge is a solid addition to the chaotic franchise, but does lack the ideas that were built up in the past instalments for the bigger picture.