Running time: 105 minutes. Rated R on Netflix (Strong bloody violence, drug content, language, and some sexual content.)
For a horror writer involving middle school students, RL Stine’s “Fear Street Part 1: 1994” features one of the most gruesome deaths ever this year. It involved a girl’s head and a bread slicer and resulted in a dislocated hippocampus.
The scene is weird, but that’s okay. One doesn’t really need brains to enjoy this movie.
“1994” is the first part of the “Goosebumps” author’s horror trilogy, with the next two chapters — “1978” and “1666” — being released by Netflix on July 9 and 16, respectively. Each one is engineered, it appears, to emulate the style of the title date. (Except 1666, which is about 200 years before the invention of films.) “1994” contains allusions to “Scream” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, for example. Even something like “Are you afraid of the dark?” pushed there.
Being rated R, it’s a teen movie that’s not technically for most teenagers. Not that it’s not going to stop those hormonal demons.
This Useless Good Time is set in the fictional Shadyside, Ohio—a working-class town that’s an unlikely magnet for murder. Locals believe that the spirit of a despised witch keeps appearing and forcing unwitting residents to be killed year after year. But people cannot leave because they do not have the means. Shadyside also has a controversial relationship with Tony Sunnydale, and violent fights between the townspeople and secret romances such as “Romeo and Juliet”.
When another Shadyside girl (Maya Hawke) is angered by a masked assailant at the mall, the witch hunts down killers over the years and a fearsome group of teenagers (Kiana Madeira, Julia Rehwald and Benjamin Flores Jr.) try to stop her. tries to. Demon
“1994” is more like television than a theatrical film. However, the more limited range isn’t going to bother, as you can only watch it on your TV, and two more movies/episodes to come soon. I haven’t seen the rest yet, but they promise to change the tone. “1978” is about a summer camp massacre, 1980’s “Friday the 13th.” It comes out on Friday, July 9.