By Jamie Miller
Greetings Nightlighters, it is I, “the nightmare immune nocturnal writing nerd” Jamie Miller here, with yet another issue of Nightlight. Now, my friends, a passion of mine for as long as I can remember is horror. I mean, Michael Myers is one of my favorite movie villains of all time. And as a kid, due to the magic of the rerun, I used to watch “Goosebumps” quite a bit. I also read a few of the books. So imagine my absolute delight when I learned that “Fear Street,” another of “Goosebumps” creator R.L. Stine’s creations, was getting made into a trilogy of movies. And, man, I was not disappointed.
“Fear Street Part 1: 1994,” which was released on July 2, tells the tale of Deena Johnson, an angsty and angry nihilistic teenager growing up in 1994, who is angry at the world, including her in-the-closet girlfriend, and frustrated with being stuck in her hometown of Shadyside Ohio. Shadyside is known both for the folktale of the witch Sarah Fier who was put to death during 1666 and as the murder capitol of the United States, due to the abnormally high number of homicides in the town. And Shadyside is a place where people, for no apparent reason, snap. Why people go on murder sprees seemed to be a mystery… until now, as the ghosts of the past have risen. Johnson and her group of friends must battle with the witch, who holds the fate of their very lives hanging in the balance.
The movie stars Kiana Madeira as Johnson, Oliva Scott Welch as Samantha Fraser, Johnson’s girlfriend, Benjamin Flores Jr., known from “The Haunted Hathaways” in the role of Josh Johnson, Deena’s younger brother and a self taught expert on the Fier witch. Julia Rehwald stars as Kate Schmidt, Deena’s drug dealing-friend and Josh’s crush. Fred Hechinger stars as Simon Kalivoda, Deena’s doofus male friend and fellow drug dealer. Elizabeth Scopel plays Fier for short glimpses. Gillian Jacobs, who is known for playing Britta Perry in “Community” and voicing Atom Eve in “Invincible”, plays C. Berman, a survivor of one of the massacres caused by the witch. David W. Thompson, known for playing Jonathan Crane/Scarecrow in “Gotham”, plays the part of Ryan Torres aka Skull Mask, one of the witch’s puppet killers.
This movie was great especially towards the end when the film goes full balls to the wall. The effects are pretty good, and the killers are very frightening. Although I do find it comical that for most of the movie, the protagonist’s main method of transportation is an ambulance they just took from a hospital. Nevertheless, this is a great movie. I give it eight torches out of 10. I highly recommend it. Now as I mentioned this is a trilogy, so stay tuned for part two.