Netflix has reigned in the positive reviews with their latest Fear Street movie saga, the first of which, Fear Street Part 1: 1994.
The trilogy of movies is based on the iconic teen horror series by R.L. Stine, Fear Street. The film aims to reinvent the teen slasher 25 years after “Scream”.
Fans of the book are desperate to know how close Netflix’s Fear Street adaptation of Stine’s teen horror tales will fall, and we have the inside details.
Is Fear Street Trilogy based on specific books?
- No, Fear Street Trilogy does not directly adapt a specific book but instead tells their own tale using the books as inspiration. A common narrative will connect the films, and by watching all three parts of the trilogy the storyline will become more cohesive.
“They’re not really based concretely in the book,” explains filmmaker, Leigh Janiak. “Mostly, I think I would endeavour to stay true to the spirit of the books, which was kind of subversive and edgy for teenage readers.”
The film trilogy makes a connection to the book series by setting the first of the three films, which take place decades and then centuries apart, in the 1990s. “It made sense that the present of the movies would be the ’90s because that’s where the Fear Street books originated,” Janiak says.
Netflix’s R.L Stine adaptation explored!
The book series was created by popular Goosebumps author Stine to appeal to readers slightly older than Goosebumps was. It was originally published from 1989 to 1999 but was rebooted in 2005. The series has sold over 80 million copies worldwide, and are still popular for teenage and young-adult horror readers.
The films are aimed at a slightly older audience than the books, although, Leigh Janiak still said he was keen for the thrill factor to come across in the films. “I don’t know if I should be saying this, but I hope that little 10- and 11-year-olds are like, ‘Oooh, I’m going to really scare myself here, but I’m doing it!” Janiak said.
Fear Street Part 1: 1994 premiered on Netflix on July 2nd. Fear Street Part 2: 1978 is coming this week on July 9th. The trilogy will conclude with Fear Street Part 3: 1666 on July 16th.
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