A young woman working late at the now-defunct mall bookshop B. Dalton begs her silly, harmless-looking buddy who works at the tasteless novelty shop down the hall for a ride home in Netflix’s “Fear Street Part 1: 1994.” Sure, he responds, before a fly lands on him and flies away. That tiny pang of fear – What’s wrong with that guy? It’s not the scariest scene in the movie, but it’s there. Fans of the vintage John Carpenter and Wes Craven gorefests like “Halloween” and “Nightmare on Elm Street” will salivate at the prospect of finding out if he’s alive or dead. In this first part of her surprisingly ambitious trilogy of horror films on Netflix, director Leigh Janiak delightfully subverts them both (and more). IMDB
However, things get started in 1994 with a classic slasher flick with some cunning twists. Deena (Madeira) and her geeky brother Josh (Benjamin Flores Jr.) live in the hazardous town of Shadyside, which is the evil twin of lovely Sunnyvale, which is filled by jocks who make it their purpose to be unpleasant to the residents of Shadyside. Shadysiders, on the other hand, have different issues: Their town is the universe’s murder capital. According to the sheriff, who is constantly on TV condescending to the victims and hyping the crime rate, the killings mostly appear to be the work of locals who just went crazy — an indictment of the hopeless Shadyside culture that produced.