Thankfully, Netflix and Leigh Janiak’s “Fear Street” film series has mostly lived up to its promise, hype and potential, offering a trilogy of films that are entertaining, complex, and steeped heavily in classic horror and folklore. For horror buffs that love horror that revolves around mythology, legends and stories about the past, the “Fear Street” series has managed to deliver two fold with a legend that has managed to carry the films quite well.
One of the many aspects of “Fear Street” that always set them apart from the “Goosebumps” books is that RL Stine relied a lot on folklore. With the “Fear Street” series, it depended a lot on the folklore and urban legend aesthetic, exploring more universal themes usually found there. There were always ideas about revenge, and mystery killers, and inherent terrifying nature of Halloween, and yes, even vampires. Fear Street always had something new to offer readers, and the movie carries that tradition.
Loosely based on a true story, two brothers are framed and found guilty of crimes they did not commit in order for local leaders to take their land. A century later, a young woman is called to the same town to inherit part of that land. Once she arrives, things take a turn for the slasher-y.
“The Conjuring” is a series I hope studios keep re-visiting (with some caveats—ahem—“Annabelle”), since there’s so much they can do with the case files of Ed and Lorraine Warren. At this point the movie has taken many of their actual cases and expanded them in to wonderful horror films and “The Devil Made Me Do It” is no exception. True it’s not as good as the first two films, but the third part in the core movie series really does help to emphasize the heroism of Ed and Lorraine.
At a Northern California family home, the Richardsons are celebrating an impending birth when an odd visitor makes an offer to purchase their property. When the patriarch turns him down, his group decides to get them off the property at any cost.
A 12 year-old who spends more time alone than he probably should finds a book of spells from which he summons a being that wants something dark from him. As he works to survive his night alone and return the being where it came from, more is discovered about his family and why he is the way he is. Continue reading