In 1666, a colonial town is gripped by a hysterical witch-hunt that has deadly consequences for centuries to come, and it’s up to teenagers in 1994 to finally put an end to their town’s curse, before it’s too late. (Letterboxd)
Y’all, the 1666 portion here is badass (see the superbly scored scene with Sarah and Hannah in the chapel: “I don’t fear the devil.. I fear the mother who would let her daughter hang.. They want a witch? I will give them a witch”). The progressive twist on the previously told origin story is deliciously satisfying and retroactively adds some real beating-heart emotion and stakes to the trilogy, which is wrapped up nicely in the return to 1994, albeit without reaching the same emotional heights.
7.5/10 (Really Good)
In 1978, two rival groups at Camp Nightwing must band together to solve a terrifying mystery when horrors from their towns’ history come alive. (Letterboxd)
The setting and script are perfectly crafted, as the dual narrative perspectives play off each other well (see the dramatic irony after the killer gets loose), and the discomfort and anxious excitement of summer camp (cue mean teens, raging hormones, and sweaty Lord of the Flies-charged games of capture the flag) blend seamlessly into the bloody, supernatural-tinged horror that brings the film to a truly brutal climax. A cohesive, well-acted slasher film that keeps you engaged throughout.
In 1994, a group of teenagers discovers that the terrifying events which have haunted their town for generations are all connected — and that they may be the next targets. (Letterboxd)
It’s not particularly stylish (the aesthetic is neither consistent nor enjoyable, but maybe that’s the 90s?) or well-crafted (the intriguing Shadyville vs. Sunnyvale narrative is dropped quickly; the kids vs. cop dynamic feels unwarranted), but its slasher thrills are solid (the multi-faceted grocery store showdown is intense) and the refreshing batch of teenage characters add a really unique and gritty edge to it all (lots of swearing, drugs, angst, hormones, and questionable decisions).