Fear Street: Part One - 1994

Director: Leigh Janiak
Year Released: 2021
Rating: 0.5

In the town of Shadyside - which has an extensive history of people going bonkers and starting on a killing streak - there appears to be a new killer around after B. Dalton's clerk Heather (Maya Hawke) is stabbed to death ... and there are a bunch of other baddies after high school lovers Deena (Kiana Madeira) and Sam (Olivia Scott Welch).  As the first part in a trilogy - based on the books by young adult fiction writer R.L. Stine - it's entirely too familiar, with a wonky, sub-par premise (oooh, a witch haunting a town) that only gets more inane the longer it goes on: last I checked - and I'm not a pharmacologist - but an EpiPen is used to treat severe allergic reactions, not save someone from "drowning" after ingesting "mystery pills" (this is just one glaring example of how lazy the thinking is).  Janiak's "vision" of 1994 is a lot different than how I remember it: I didn't know a single person who identified as either gay or lesbian (of course, over time, many of the people I grew up with have come out) ... I also don't remember anyone liking the Pixies (which was a glaring omission on our part).