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.
|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
|Zak Olkewicz and
Phil Graziadei & Leigh Janiak
|Fear Street Part Three: 1666||July 16, 2021||Phil Graziadei & Leigh Janiak and
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
|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
|Cindy Berman / Abigail Berman||Emily Rudd|
|Tommy Slater / Nightwing Killer / Mad Thomas||Stunt double||McCabe Slye|
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.