Netflix released the blooper reel for all three parts of their horror trilogy Fear Street and the video shows the cast having a bloody good time. Based on R. L. Stine’s Fear Street novels, the Netflix original films were released over a span of three weeks, with each Friday continuing the series in a different time period. Following a three-hundred-year story of a curse set by a witch executed in 1666, the series bounces between 1994, 1978, and 1666, and stars a huge ensemble cast.
Kiana Madeira takes on the role of lead heroine as Deena, with Olivia Scott Welch portraying her love interest Sam. Maya Hawke, Sadie Sink, and Emily Rudd also star, with many of the actors playing the protagonists as well as their ancestors in the third Fear Street movie. The episodic plot details a group of teenage friends fighting an evil force that has plagued the Ohio town of Shadyside for centuries, turning seemingly innocent civilians into rampaging killers.
On July 24, Netflix released a video to their YouTube channel of behind-the-scenes bloopers from the casts of Fear Street: 1994, Fear Street: 1978, and Fear Street:1666. Many of the gags reveal the actors breaking character and laughing while trying to deliver serious lines. Other scenes depicted props breaking or actors struggling to work with items, such as a lighter and Walkman headphones. Check out the blooper video below:
The blooper video separates the cast from their tragic, fear-fueled characters and storylines. The actors’ abilities to switch so efficiently between laughing at their mistakes and performing their lines to perfection displays their impressive skills and commitment to their roles. It’s clear from this footage that the cast formed a strong bond while filming the Fear Street trilogy, with actor McCabe Slye confirming that it felt easy to work with everyone because they all developed friendships outside of their jobs.
The Fear Street franchise gained positive reception overall from fans and critics, and was praised for its approach to the horror genre. Fear Street paid homage to many traditional horror movie tropes and the defining movies of the genre that came before it, like the cult-slasher film Scream and Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. What set it apart from many others in its category was the primary focus on an LGBTQ+ relationship as the motivator for the plot. Further, Fear Street was not afraid to utilise their characters to comment on the racism that permeates the horror genre, particularly slasher films which commonly killed off black characters and saved white characters. Deena in particular is a black LGBTQ+ woman who is unapologetically herself, making her an important and inspiring lead. There’s hope that this sort of narrative will reappear again, possibly in a Fear Street sequel.
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