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Fear Street Part 1 1994 review: Netflix slasher trilogy starts strong with a must-see film

Fear Street Part 1: 1994 trailer released on Netflix

Netflix are trying something different this year. This week marks the release of Fear Street Part 1: 1994, the first of three films set in Goosebumps author RL Stine’s fictional town of Shadyside. Later this month the story of the town’s murders continue in Fear Street Part 2: 1978 and Fear Street Part 3: 1666. The introduction to the series in 1994, however, is fantastic.

Deena (played by Kiana Madeira) is heartbroken after breaking up with her girlfriend, Sam (Olivia Scott Welch), and is struggling to get over the failed relationship.

Her disappointment crescendos when she sees Sam with a new boyfriend at a local football game between her school and their rivals from neighbouring town Sunnyvale. She doesn’t have too long to worry though, as a murderous high-schooler sends the entire town into chaos.

Before long, it is up to Sam, Deena, her brother Josh (Benjamin Flores Jr), and their friends Kate (Julia Rehwald) and Simon (Fred Hechinger) to figure out the mystery behind the vicious Skull Mask Killer that pursues them.

What follows is a gripping look into the horror genre, complete with a number of cliches that are treated with respect rather than obligation.

It quickly becomes evident that Fear Street Part 1: 1994 wears its inspirations on its sleeve, creating something fans of the scene will love.

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Fear Street Part 1 1994 review: The first entry into the trilogy is great fun (Image: NETFLIX)

Killers of all kinds are given their spotlight in the movie, all of which have direct inspirations no doubt taken from some of the greats.

The Skull Mask Killer almost seems ripped straight from the Scream franchise, as the frantic murderer wields nothing more than a serrated blade to slaughter his victims.

Meanwhile, the supernatural nature of the killers that follow the gang feels a little more like the Nightmare on Elm Street series.

Fear Street Part 1: 1994 does feel somewhat different, though. It has that sort of Netflix sheen draped over it. The almost overuse of ’90s music adds to the overall sickly-sweet pastiche, and the comparisons to Netflix’s heavy-hitter Stranger Things are endless – mostly in a good way.

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Fear Street Part 1 1994 review: Maya Hawke’s role is short but sweet (Image: NETFLIX)

Most notably, however, Fear Street Part 1: 1994 is a really good looking movie. Between moments of bright neon and dark forests, the style and direction of each scene are beautiful. Real care and effort have been put into this picture. 

The aforementioned echoes of classic horror films are of course tied together with a healthy dose of violence, blood, gore, and brutality.

With that said, there are not a lot of examples of pulpy death scenes that horror fans have come to expect.

In fact, most of the film’s time is spent trying to figure out the backstory of the Fear Street witch, Sarah Fier.

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Fear Street Part 1 1994 review: The supernatural plot is enticing (Image: NETFLIX)

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Considering the film is billed as a neon-clad slasher flick, the final product doesn’t reflect that exactly.

Despite this, the haunting tale of a long-forgotten local witch is expanded upon further with stories of murderous teenagers in Shadyside throughout the ages (no doubt nods to the upcoming films, 1978 and 1666) – and this entire portion of Fear Street Part 1: 1994 is really interesting.

While the overall plot of the movie is enticing, the dialogue leaves a lot to be desired. Some lines prompt vigorous eye-rolls and others beget amnesia. Combine some of this unavailing dialogue with a dull and staggered will-they-won’t-they relationship, and you have the worst parts of the film.

In spite of these shortcomings, most of the film’s plot has an indelible pace that really holds its own.

That is, until its last major scenes.

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Fear Street Part 1 1994 review: The film looks fantastic throughout (Image: NETFLIX)

The final 20-or-so minutes of Fear Street Part 1: 1994 are dedicated to setting up the film’s already-shot sequel, Fear Street Part 2: 1978.

Ultimately, this is totally fine. Viewers will only have to wait a week for their next instalment, but it does give a bit of an unwanted peek behind the curtain. It makes the entire experience feel like a marketing ploy by Netflix (which, it obviously is, but this is where the seams start to show the most).

CONCLUSION

Fear Street Part 1: 1994 is a thrilling slasher film for the Stranger Things generation. Extra effort has been put into the dark and mysterious backstory of the town and the characters themselves, rather than cliched “horror” tropes of the genre. The result is a film that feels fresh, thrilling, and has a passable dose of the genre’s required moments. For the most part, the dialogue isn’t spectacular, and will probably leave viewers cringing – but isn’t that all part of the charm? Ultimately, fans will be dying to see the next entry to the Fear Street trilogy. 

Fear Street Part 1: 1994 is out now.

Fear Street Part 2: 1978 hits Netflix on July 9, 2021. 

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Gogglebox nominated for Bafta after hilarious must-see TV moment

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This post originally appeared on Hull Live – Celebs & TV

It is our favourite show on the box that makes us fall off our chairs with laughter every week – and once again it has been nominated for a Bafta.

Despite the entertainment industry suffering throughout lockdown, and many celebrities struggling without jobs out of the spotlight, the Gogglebox team have been thriving.

The show has been giving us all a much-needed dose of normality with the cast stuck inside and still critiquing the best and worst of the week’s TV.

It is unsurprising that audiences confined to their homes have turned to TV for both news about the coronavirus crisis but also entertainment.

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Gogglebox nominated for BAFTA after lockdown success

And Gogglebox has kept households laughing whilst raking in an average of 4.5million viewers per episode.

Hull’s favourites Jenny and Lee have excitingly shared the news on their Instagram that the show has received a BAFTA nomintation.

The pair reshared Gogglebox’s Instagram post about the news on their Instagram story, which read: “Gogglebox has been nominated for #MustSeeMoment Award at the #ViginMediaBAFTAs for the cast’s reactions to Boris Johnson’s press conference!

“Voting is now open and you have until 5pm on Monday, May 24 to back your winner.

“Click link in our bio to re-watch the moment and vote.”

The nomination is for the best must seen TV moment referring to when the cast reacted to Boris Johnson’s lockdown press conference.

When Boris announced we were going into lockdown Jenny and Lee were laughing as the Prime Minister referred to the virus as a ‘ ‘muggar’.

Jenny and Lee on Friday's show
Jenny and Lee on Friday’s show

Yorkshire-based Ellie said: “We saw this coming over from China so I didn’t think it was that much of a surprise.

“They’ve said it’s an absolute shambles, it’s a s**** show.”

Boris continued: “And you begin to wonder…”

As Ellie spoke over the TV and said: “Where the f*** did it all go wrong.”

Martin Greenbank, head of advertising research and development at Channel 4 said: “Gogglebox is doing the biggest numbers it’s ever done, both on overnight and consolidated figures.”

Channel 4 Press account on Twitter said during lockdown: “It’s been another record breaking night for #Gogglebox with an average overnight audience of 4.5m, and 42.1 per cent share of 16-34-year-old viewers.”

CEO of rating body Justin Sampson told Royal Television Society: “Television has seen its ratings soar during the coronavirus crisis.

“People are spending much longer in front of TV sets.

“During the first nine weeks of the lockdown, people spent an average of five hours seven minutes in front of the box, a third more than during the same period in 2019.”

Throughout lockdown the cast of Gogglebox have discussed a wide range of topics from coronavirus, NHS, vaccines, and stories of families struggling through lockdown.

They have also discussed the numerous royal family scandals dominating the news throughout the last year, as well as the sad death of the Duke of Edinburgh.

The stars have also been watching popular shows such as Killing Eve, Line of Duty, Bridgerton, The Crown and more.

Gogglebox airs on Friday’s from 9pm on Channel Four.