'Fear Street': How the Three Netflix Movies Are Connected

Netflix is currently experimenting with a new way of distributing films by releasing each of three parts of a trilogy a week apart. Horror movies Fear Street Part One: 1994 was released on July 2, with Part Two: 1978 and Part Three: 1666 coming on July 9 and 16 respectively.

The three Fear Street movies seem to be fairly separate, with the first a Scream-inspired slasher, the second a summer camp slaughter movie in the mold of Friday the 13th and the third lining up to be a Witchfinder General-like historical horror.

Despite the second film being set 16 years before the first one, and the third set centuries before, there are common threads that link them all. Read on for an explanation of the connection between the three Fear Street movies.

How Netflix's 'Fear Street' Movies Are Linked

First and foremost, all of the Fear Street movies are based on the book franchise of the same name, started in 1989 by Goosebumps author R.L. Stine as a series for slightly older readers.

Particularly, the film trilogy takes inspiration from three of these books that make up the so-called "Fear Street Saga": 1993's The Betrayal, The Secret and The Burning.

In an interview for Netflix, director Leigh Janiak said : "Every story takes place in this town called Shadyside and focuses on a different person who lives on Fear Street, but the films aren't a direct adaptation of any individual story."

Certain characters are taken from the books, while others are inventions of the writers. The trilogy of books is focused on the descendants of two groups of families, the Goodes and the Fiers.

Members of these families do appear in the films. In 1994, for example, viewers met Sheriff Nick Goode (played by Ashley Zukerman) and his brother Mayor Will Goode (Matthew Zuk).

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Julia Rehwald, Fred Hechinger and Kiana Madeira in "Fear Street: 1994," the first of a trilogy of movies. Netflix

A Fier, meanwhile, links the three films. In the first one, Sarah Fier (Elizabeth Scopel) is a historical witch who is said to be responsible for a number of gory crimes. In the books, this is a character who was burned at the stake for being a witch 300 years before the events of the first book, creating a centuries-long feud between the Goodes and Fiers.

The first film sees a number of murders committed in Shadyside, Ohio, which residents believe are caused by Sarah putting a curse on the town before she was burned at the stake in 1666. Each subsequent film sees us delving deeper into the history of the town to get to the truth of this curse.

The plot for each subsequent film in the Fear Street trilogy was set up in this first film. In researching the town history in 1994, Josh Johnson (Benjamin Flores Jr.) discovers that a similar murder spree happened at Camp Nightwing in 1978, which Shadyside residents attended alongside kids from their rival town of Sunnyvale.

Certain characters recur in 1978. One of the young camp attendees, for example, is a young Nick Goode, while the only survivor of the Camp Nightwing massacre is C. Berman, played by Gillian Jacobs in the first movie.

The third film, meanwhile, goes even further back, revealing what exactly did happen in the area in 1666 and whether there truly is a curse on the town.

The trilogy is further linked by actors playing multiple roles across the three movies. I'm personally interested in the idea of the past repeating itself, of ideas of reincarnation and being attached to your ancestors. I just thought it was fun. And I thought it would also be satisfying to be able to revisit characters that we had killed in the first two movies and to see them again," said Janiak.