Fear Street Part Three: 1666
By Brian Costello,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Threequel has lots of gore, cursing, violence, and sex.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Any positive messages of teamwork and inclusion are likely to be overshadowed by the gore and violence.
Positive Role Models
Sarah remains true to herself and displays tremendous courage when faced with murderous intolerance.
Violence & Scariness
Horror movie blood, gore, and violence throughout. A pastor is found inside his church with his eyes removed, mumbling while wielding a hook and facing a congregation of kids he has killed by goring out their eyes. Characters killed with knives, pitchforks, axes, hanging. Hand sliced off with a knife -- gore. Character stabbed in the eye. A young woman accused of being a witch is pinned to the ground by a group of men as they rip off her clothes and search for the "mark of the devil." While backing out of a driveway, a car is struck by a garbage truck. Remains of piglets shown after they were eaten by the mother; Sarah then kills the pig with an ax (not shown but heard). Horror movie peril as characters try to flee from demonic killers. Man slaps a woman. A dead dog is found in a well.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Two young women shown making out in the woods before one of them begins to perform oral sex on the other (no nudity). Young man has noticeable erection while at a party. References to the male "member," and how it is "horned." Oral sex joke concerning cheerleaders from the rival town. Character accused of having "lain with a demon."
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Profanity throughout. "Motherf--ker" used three times. Also: "f--k," "s--t," "bulls--t," "bastard," "bitch," "damn," "hell," "ass." "F--kface," "d--khead," and "d--kwad" on graffiti spray-painted by the lead characters while in the mall. Homophobic lesbian slur used.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters from the year 1666 go to a party in the woods and eat berries with strongly implied hallucinogenic powers. Wine drinking. Blacklight marijuana-themed poster in the mall with the caption "I get high with a little help from my friends." Character shown lighting a joint.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Fear Street Part Three: 1666 is a 2021 horror movie that's the third movie in the Fear Street trilogy. It traces the history of how a town came to be cursed, and how teens from the '90s are trying to end the curse. Expect horror movie violence, blood, and gore. A preacher is shown with his eyes gouged out while at the altar, mumbling to himself and holding a hook as he faces a congregation filled with recently murdered kids, all of whom have their eyes gouged out. A woman's hand is sliced off with a knife. Character stabbed in the eye. Death by hanging, by pitchfork, knives, axes. A dead dog is found in a well. Remains of piglets shown after they were eaten by the mother; a character then kills the pig with an ax (not shown but heard). A woman accused of being a witch is held down by a group of men as they start to rip off her clothes while searching for "the mark of the devil." Hannah and Sarah make out in the woods as one of them begins to engage in oral sex with the other (no nudity). Frequent profanity, including "f--k" and "motherf--ker."A homophobic slur is said. Characters in 1666 shown going to a party in the woods -- drinking wine and eating berries with hallucinogenic properties. Back in the '90s, a character lights a joint. Girls at a party point out an obnoxious guy's noticeable erection. Oral sex joke that references the cheerleaders of the rival town's high school.
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What's the Story?
In FEAR STREET PART THREE: 1666, Deena (Kiana Madeira) learns of the beginnings of Sarah Fier and the curse that has hung over Shadyside for centuries. Sarah Fier (also played by Madeira) lives in the village of Union with her father and brother. She is secretly in love with the pastor's daughter Hannah, and while at a party in the woods, they sneak away to kiss. As their kissing grows more passionate, they're seen by Mad Thomas, the village drunkard. The next day, terrible things start happening in Union. A dead dog is found in the well, the Fier family pig has eaten all of her piglets, and Pastor Miller sits frozen while mumbling to himself. Sarah worries that her actions and feelings towards Hannah are the reason for the town's misfortune. At a town meeting held that night, Caleb, a teen who tried hitting on Sarah and Hannah and was rejected, accuses the two girls of being witches, a sentiment echoed by Mad Thomas, and soon the citizens believe that the only way to lift this curse over their town is to kill them. Solomon Goode seems to be the only person not taken in by the mob mentality, and hides Sarah. While hiding, Sarah learns the horrible truth about the curse, and Deena learns the real reason Shadyside has been cursed for so long, and how she might finally end this curse. After experiencing this vision, Deena comes up with a plan, with the help of Josh (Benjamin Flores Jr.), Cindy, and Martin, to stop all of the Shadyside murderers once and for all, and expose those who caused the killings to happen.
Is It Any Good?
This is a decent, if long, conclusion to a just-ok trilogy. Fear Street Part Three: 1666 spends too much time lost in a 17th century of fake Puritanical accents that are, maybe, English, Scottish, or Irish (by way of Santa Monica), and often some weird mix of the three in the same breaths. Unable to bludgeon the viewer with excessive pop cultural signposts like they did in the first two, Part 3 is set in a world seemingly created by someone who got a C on their term paper on The Scarlet Letter, but it's also a world where teens go to the woods to trip on berries and make jokes about erections. That said, the story itself, the origin story of Sarah Fier, isn't bad, and the creepiest scenes in this era of the movie work well.
It's all as over-the-top and gratuitous and campy as the previous two movies, but it's enjoyable at times. It all ties together, and of course there's a hint of even more Fear Street movies to come. If there are future Fear Street movies, here's hoping the movies can rely more on stories and less on excessive pop culture, obvious parody, and shopworn teen melodrama.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the horror movie violence in Fear Street Part Three: 1666. How was it similar to and different from the previous two movies in the trilogy? What's the appeal of "slasher" horror movies?
How are Sarah and Hannah similar to Deena and Sam? How does the movie convey the challenges of their relationships, as Hannah, like Sam, struggles with coming out?
How does the movie convey teen drinking and drug use -- in 1666 and in more recent times?
- On DVD or streaming: July 16, 2021
- Cast: Kiana Madeira, Ashley Zukerman, Gillian Jacobs
- Director: Leigh Janiak
- Inclusion Information: Middle Eastern/North African actors, Latinx actors
- Studio: Netflix
- Genre: Horror
- Run time: 112 minutes
- MPAA rating: R
- MPAA explanation: Strong violence and gore, language, some sexuality and brief drug use.
- Last updated: February 17, 2023
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