Fear Street: Everything we know about Netflix’s new horror trilogy


The streamer goes all-in on a new adaptation of RL Stine’s beloved horror novels.

Nostalgic millennials and horror-heads gather! Streaming giant Netflix is ​​launching a trilogy of feature-length films this summer based on RL Stine’s famed young-adult book series Fear Street.

Thinking of Fear Street makes me yearn for the simpler days of attending an educational book fair my parents thought was appropriate for the event, ready to spend.

So, what is the new Netflix Fear Street trilogy? Who is involved? When and where can you watch it?

Whether you’re a hardcore fan or new to the horrifying world of R.L. Stine, read on to find out everything we know about Netflix’s Fear Street trilogy.

What is Fear Street?

Netflix has yet to release full details on Fear Street. Familiar with novels, set in the fictional town of Shadyside, the movies tell stories across generations.

A brief logline from the streamer explains that when the action begins in 1994 in the first film, a group of teenagers learn that the horrors that have plagued their town throughout history may be linked.

The trailer adds a supernatural element to the mix, featuring witches who set off a cycle of spooky events 300 years ago.

The three films work their way through time, as evidenced by their titles – Fear Street Part 1: 1994, Fear Street Part 2: 1978, and Fear Street Part 3: 1666.

Fear Street: Take 2?

Fans may remember the first attempt at a Fear Street adaptation. Back in 1998, a pilot for Ghosts of Fear Street aired on abc. Written by Aerie, Indiana co-creator Karl Schrader, the pilot bombed. ABC did not order it for the series, and it was the end of any onscreen Fear Street title so far.

(Ghosts of Fear Street remains a pop-cultural black hole, but all but forgotten, and completely unavailable, except one lo-fi bootleg on youtube.)

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RL Stine fans have had much better luck with the adaptation of the author’s other hit book franchise: Goosebumps. The giant horror series for young readers was first adapted as an anthology TV series in the ’90s, and a new, upcoming Goosebumps series announced Just last year.

Since the original series, two Goosebumps films have also been produced: 2015’s Goosebumps and its sequel Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween, both starring funnyman Jack Black.

Where and when can I watch Fear Street?

While Netflix produced all three Fear Street movies together, they are staggering their releases. All three films will be released once a week in July, 2021.

Part 1: 1994 Drops July 2. Part 2: 1978 is next, July 9. And the last part is 3:1666 Jul 16.

The Fear Street trilogy will be available globally from those dates exclusively on Netflix. As of now, there are no plans for any theatrical release.

“We filmed all three Fear Street movies in a crazy, bloody summer. It’s a dream that audiences now get to experience the story the same way — back to back, with only a week’s wait in between. I can’t wait to welcome everyone to the world of Fear Street in 1994, 1978 and 1666!” Director Leigh Janiac said when the first trailer dropped.

Who is involved?

There are some actors in the three installments of Fear Street. It is not yet clear whether these films will serve as anthology series, such as FX’s American Horror Story, where the actors play different roles, or if the characters recur across generations for supernatural reasons.

There are some big names in the cast. Most notably, Fear Street stars Maya Hawke, best known for playing Netflix’s Stranger Things (and also known as the daughter of Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke) and Gillian Jacobs of Community fame.

Check out the full cast list, film-wise, below.

Fear Street Part 1: 1994

  • Kiana Madeira
  • Olivia Scott Welch
  • Benjamin Flores Jr.
  • Julia Rehwald
  • Fred Hechinger
  • Ashley Zuckerman
  • Maya Hawk
  • Darrell Britt-Gibson
  • Jordana Spiro
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  • Jeremy Ford

Fear Street Part 2: 1978

  • Sadie Sink
  • Emily Rudd
  • Ryan Simpkins
  • McCabe Sly
  • Ted Sutherland
  • Jordana Spiro
  • Gillian Jacobso
  • Kiana Madeira
  • Benjamin Flores Jr.
  • Ashley Zuckerman
  • Olivia Scott Welch
  • chiara aurelia
  • jordan dinatale

Fear Street Part 3: 1666

  • Kiana Madeira
  • Ashley Zuckerman
  • Gillian Jacobso
  • Olivia Scott Welch
  • Benjamin Flores Jr.
  • Darrell Britt-Gibson
  • Sadie Sink
  • Emily Rudd
  • McCabe Sly
  • Julia Rehwald
  • Fred Hechinger
  • Jordana Spiro
  • jordan dinatale

Behind the camera, Leigh Janiak has directed and co-written all three screenplays. His co-authors are Phil Graziadei (Part 1: 1994), Zak Olkewicz (Part 2: 1978), and Phil Graziadei and Kate Trefrey (Part 3: 1666).

Wait, is this for kids?

Netflix movies are 100 percent increased fare, marking a departure from the early mid-teens demographic of Fear Street books. They are all R rated. They look like familiar slashers and other horror classics, if the trailer is any indication. You can watch Friday the 13th, Scream, Sleepaway Camp, It, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, The Wicker Man, and more.

“Fear Street fans are in for a treat — and some major surprises. Readers know the book series is rated PG. But the movies are rated R. That means a lot more adventures — and a lot more. More panic!” As Fear Street writer RL Stine said himself.

Although it may seem a bit counterintuitive, the book series launched in 1989, and was at the peak of its popularity in the ’90s. It’s likely to appeal to old school fans first and foremost. And, well, not to dwell on it too much, some of those fans have kids of their own who are now old enough to read Fear Street. He is over the age of 17 and hence he is allowed to stay up late to watch horror movies.

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So, if Fear Street was your first introduction to the horror genre, Netflix is ​​probably playing a smart game. With the crowd of millennials who grew up and kept moving forward with horror movies, the new Fear Street trilogy may just scratch the itch of a particular generation. If nothing else, it looks like a fun standalone series too.


Whether you’re a fan or new to Fear Street, Netflix is ​​likely to have a hit on its hands. With lots of people still about to go to the movies, or live in cities where cinemas are still closed, Fear Street looks like it will be a must-see event that you can enjoy at home.

Will you tune into Fear Street on Netflix this July?

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