R.L. Stine’s name will perhaps always be foremost associated with his Goosebumps franchise. But three years before publishing the first Goosebumps book, Stine had kicked off the marginally more mature Fear Street series. Likewise a spooky anthology franchise, Fear Street featured murder, sex, and other material that never breached the preteen-targeted Goosebumps pages. In turn, it resonated a bit more with teenage readers looking for a scare. And now, Stine’s second-banana series is getting its due onscreen, by way of Netflix’s Fear Street movie trilogy.
We’ve just gotten the first trailer for the “epic summer movie event,” as Netflix calls it. The three movies will cover three different eras in the fictional neighborhood of Shadytown. First: 1994; then back to 1978; then all the way back to 1666. Take a look at the trailer below.
A notable characteristic of the Fear Street trilogy’s production: all three movies were filmed at once; what’s more, they’ll all release back to back, per the following schedule:
Fear Street Part 1: 1994 on July 2
Fear Street Part 2: 1978 on July 9
Fear Street Part 3: 1666 on July 16
The Fear Street trilogy hails from director Leigh Janiak; she also helmed the horror film Honeymoon and some episodes of the Scream TV series. In the press release, Janiak says:
“We filmed all three Fear Street movies over one crazy, bloody summer. It’s a dream that audiences now get to experience the story in the same way – back to back to back, with only a week of waiting in between. I can’t wait to welcome everyone into the world of Fear Street in 1994, 1978 and 1666!”
As revealed in the press release, the Fear Street movies are rated R. In other words, a far cry from the family friendly Goosebumps films. The trilogy will star familiar names like Gillian Jacobs, Jordana Spiro, Maya Hawke, Ashley Zukerman, Kiana Madeira, Benjamin Flores Jr., Ted Sutherland, and Fred Hechinger.