If you obsessively read the iconically creepy novels by R.L. Stine under the covers with a flashlight as a kid so the ghosts and monsters couldn’t catch you, then you’re in for a treat. Netflix is bringing the author’s Fear Street series, which has sold over 80 million copies worldwide, to the small screen as a trilogy of full-length films released over three weeks. But unlike the Goosebumps movies and television series, Netflix’s Fear Street trilogy will reimagine the teen novels as truly terrifying horror films not suitable for the squeamish. “Fear Street fans are in for a treat — and some major surprises,” said Stine in a press release. “Readers know that the book series is rated PG. But the movies are rated R. That means a lot more thrills — and a lot more terror!”
From Fear Street’s plot to its cast — which includes two Stranger Things stars — and release date, here’s everything we know about the film trilogy.
R.L. Stine’s Fear Street Plot & Director
Directed by Leigh Janiak (MTV’s Scream: The TV Series), the three installments of Fear Street take place in the town of Shadyside (from the original book series) in 1994, 1978, and 1966, respectively. Part 1 is set to follow a group of teenagers in a town that has been terrorized for generations as they realize the haunting events may be connected — and that they could be the next victims.
“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,” Janiak told Netflix. “I can’t wait to welcome everyone into the world of Fear Street in 1994, 1978, and 1966!”
“I have seen Leigh Janiak’s epic trilogy releasing on Netflix in July, and I can tell you the scares and the SCREAMS are more than I ever expected,” Stine said to the streaming service. “What fun to see the horrors of Shadyside come to life!”
R.L. Stine’s Fear Street Part 1: 1994 Cast & Release Date
Set for a global release on July 2, Fear Street Part 1: 1994 will star Stranger Things actor Maya Hawke, Kiana Madeira, Olivia Scott Welch, Benjamin Flores Jr. (Nickelodeon’s The Haunted Hathaways), Julia Rehwald, Fred Hechinger (The Woman in the Window), Ashley Zukerman (HBO’s Succession), Darrell Britt-Gibson (Judas and the Black Messiah), Jordana Spiro (Netflix’s Ozark), and Jordyn DiNatale. Their specific roles have not yet been revealed.
R.L. Stine’s Fear Street Part 2: 1978 Cast & Release Date
Fans won’t have to wait long for the second installment of Fear Street, which is set to hit Netflix exactly a week after Part 1 on July 9. Madeira, Welch, Flores, Zukerman, Spiro, and DiNatale will return for Part 2: 1978, and new faces including Sadie Sink (Stranger Things), Emily Rudd, Ryan Simpkins (Revolutionary Road), McCabe Slye, Ted Sutherland, Gillian Jacobs (Netflix’s Love, HBO’s Girls), and Chiara Aurelia will also appear.
R.L. Stine’s Fear Street Part 3: 1966 Cast & Release Date
To cap off the three-week event, Fear Street Part 3: 1966 will be released on July 16. Returning cast members include Madeira, Zukerman, Jacobs, Welch, Flores, Britt-Gibson, Sink, Rudd, Slye, Rehwald, Hechinger, and Spiro, while actors Elizabeth Scopel and Randy Havens will join the franchise.
The Fear Street Trilogy Trailer
On June 9, Netflix released the first official trailer for the Fear Street trilogy, and despite the uplifting beat of Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive” playing in the background, it’s clear not everyone in this cursed town will.
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