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G.U.T.S. 71 – Fear Street

This week on G.U.T.S. we talk about the new 3 part Netflix horror, “Fear Street”. We only had the chance to watch the first 2 episodes, but that was enough to know the 3rd is gonna be amazing. So take a seat. It’s time for G.U.T.S.


In October 1997, Hollywood Pictures struck a deal to acquire the Fear Street series of books, which were set to be developed with Parachute Entertainment as a Scream-like feature franchise. Developments never materialized.

In October 2015, a film based on Stine’s Fear Street series was being developed by 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment. On February 13, 2017, The Tracking Board reported that Kyle Killen would write the script for the film. In July, the adaptation was announced as a trilogy, with Leigh Janiak directing, and rewriting the script with her partner Phil Graziadei. Zak Olkewicz was also drafting a script. The films were to be shot back to back, with the intention of releasing them to theaters one month apart. Janiak describes the format as a “hybrid of traditional television content and movies,” with each installment intended to both have a satisfying ending and connecting to the larger story.

The series was reported to be centered around a young lesbian couple, navigating their rocky relationship when they are targeted by crazy horrors in their small town.In March 2019, filming began in Atlanta and East Point, Georgia, with some parts filmed at Hard Labor Creek State Park in Rutledge in August 2019. The shoot lasted for 106 days, wrapping in September 2019.

In April 2020, Chernin Entertainment ended their distribution deal with 20th Century Studios and made a multi-year first-look deal with Netflix, resulting in the latter distributing the trilogy.


Film U.S.
release date
Director Screenwriters Story by Producers
Fear Street Part One: 1994 July 2, 2021 Leigh Janiak Phil Graziadei & Leigh Janiak Kyle Killen and
Phil Graziadei & Leigh Janiak
Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping and David Ready
Fear Street Part Two: 1978 July 9, 2021 Zak Olkewicz and
Leigh Janiak
Zak Olkewicz and
Phil Graziadei & Leigh Janiak
Fear Street Part Three: 1666 July 16, 2021 Phil Graziadei & Leigh Janiak and
Kate Trefry

Fear Street Part One: 1994

After a series of brutal slayings, a group of teenagers take on an evil force that’s plagued their notorious town for centuries.

The film was released on July 2, 2021. Janiak describes it as influenced by 1990s slasher films, especially Scream.

Fear Street Part Two: 1978

In the cursed town of Shadyside, a killer’s murder spree terrorizes Camp Nightwing and turns a summer of fun into a gruesome fight for survival.

The film was released on July 9, 2021. Janiak states that she was influenced by Friday the 13th.

Fear Street Part Three: 1666

Thrust back to 1666, Deena learns the truth about Sarah Fier. Back in 1994, the friends fight for their lives — and Shadyside’s future.

The film was released on July 16, 2021. Janiak compares it to The New World.

Cast and characters

Character Part One: 1994 Part Two: 1978 Part Three: 1666
Deena Johnson / Sarah Fier Kiana Madeira
Samantha “Sam” Fraser / Hannah Miller Olivia Scott Welch
Josh Johnson / Henry Fier Benjamin Flores Jr.
Kate Schmidt / Lizzie Julia Rehwald Julia Rehwald
Simon Kalivoda / Isaac Fred Hechinger Fred Hechinger
Nick Goode / Solomon Goode Ashley Zukerman Ashley Zukerman

Ted Sutherland

Martin P. Franklin Darrell Britt-Gibson Darrell Britt-Gibson
Heather Watkins Maya Hawke
Mary Lane / The Widow Jordana Spiro
Ruby Lane Jordyn DiNatale
Real Sarah Fier Elizabeth Scopel
Christine “Ziggy” Berman / Constance Berman Gillian Jacobs Gillian Jacobs

Sadie Sink

Cindy Berman / Abigail Berman Emily Rudd
Alice Ryan Simpkins
Tommy Slater / Nightwing Killer / Mad Thomas Stunt double McCabe Slye
Sheila Chiara Aurelia


The first film was scheduled to be released theatrically in June 2020, but was pulled from the schedule because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  In April 2020, Chernin Entertainment ended their distribution deal with 20th Century Studios and made a multi-year first-look deal with Netflix. By August 2020, Netflix had acquired the distribution rights to the Fear Street trilogy. The films were released exclusively as Netflix Original Films.

In May 2021, the official trailer released by Netflix announced the respective films’ credits, release dates, and official titles, as: Fear Street: Part One – 1994, Fear Street: Part Two – 1978, and Fear Street: Part Three – 1666. The trilogy of films is R-rated, with original novel series writer R.L. Stine praising the direction and adaptations of his books.

The films were released over a three week span: July 2, July 9, and July 16.

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