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Soundtracks of Cinema: ‘Fear Street Part Three: 1666’

Benjamin Flores Jr. as Josh in Fear Street Part Three: 1666 on Netflix

The Fear Street Part One: 1966 soundtrack includes 90s-era music in the dramatic final act. This article contains spoilers for the 2021 Netflix film. Subscribe to Vague Visages for access to reviews and essays. 

The soundtrack for Fear Street Part Three: 1666 doesn’t match the overall quality of the first two movies, but the film’s final half hour incorporates several 90s classics that score big moments in the 1994 timeline. The majority of the Netflix movie takes place in the 17th century, and so director Leigh Janiak focuses on the legend of the witch Sarah Fier (Elizabeth Scopel), who has seemingly terrorized Shadyside residents over the course of 300 years. Fear Street Part Three: 1666 doesn’t quite work as a standalone classic in the horror genre, but it’s a solid final entry in the trilogy, one that shows love and appreciation for the legendary alternative rock band Pixies while setting up a franchise continuation.

More by Q.V. Hough: Soundtracks of Cinema: ‘Fear Street Part One: 1994’

Fear Street Part Three: 1666 Soundtrack: “Mo’ Murda” by Bone Thugs-N-Harmony (01:13:00)

Fear Street Part Three: 1666 on Netflix

“Mo’ Murda” plays in Fear Street Part Three: 1666 when Deena (Kiana Madeira), Josh (Benjamin Flores Jr.) and Ziggy (Gillian Jacobs) reach out to Martin P. Franklin (Benjamin Flores Jr.), a Shadyside Mall employee who had a previous run-in with Sheriff Nick Goode (Ashley Zukerman). The lyrics revolve around Mr. Ouija, and so the song usage correlates with the film’s supernatural element. The protagonists need to trap the undead, and conveniently know an engineer with the necessary knowledge to help them complete the mission. The song title itself also has a jarring effect after 73 minutes of no mainstream music whatsoever.

Fear Street Part Three: 1666 Soundtrack: “Come Out and Play” by The Offspring (01:20:00)

Kiana Madeira as Deena Johnson in Fear Street Part Three: 1666 on Netflix

A mid-90s skate punk classic, “Come Out and Play” scores a montage sequence in Fear Street Part Three: 1666 as Deena and company prepare to trap some undead baddies. Lyrically, the song tells a story about high school violence, specifically in early 90s Los Angeles. In the film, the themes align with the bad reputations of Shadyside High students.

Fear Street Part Three: 1666 Soundtrack: “You Always Hurt the One You Love” by Jordyn DiNatale (01:33:00)

Fear Street Part Three: 1666 on Netflix

During the climactic mall sequence in Fear Street Part Three: 1666, Ruby Lane (Jordyn DiNatale) can be heard singing before making her first appearance on screen. “You Always Hurt the One You Love” functions as a musical motif throughout the Fear Street trilogy — a theme song for Ruby — and this particular moment includes a brief appearance from the undead killer Billy Barker, making the scene even more intense.

Fear Street Part Three: 1666 Soundtrack: “Live Forever” by Oasis (01:41:00)

Kiana Madeira as Deena Johnson and Olivia Scott Welch as Samantha Fraser in Fear Street Part Three: 1666 on Netflix

“Lives Forever” kicks in during Fear Street Part Three: 1666 when fortunes change at the well-to-do community of Sunnyvale. After Deena saves her girlfriend, Samantha Fraser (Olivia Scott Welch), they visit the Goode family home and spot a photo of a family tree that dates back to Solomon, the villain in the 1666 timeline. Deena and Sam then witness a local getting struck by a vehicle; a symbolic moment that implies Shadysiders are no longer being targeted by evil forces. “Live Forever” also links to the legacies of local victims, as the song drowns out during a close-up of an “In Living Memory” sign dedicated to Simon Kalivoda (Fred Hechinger), Kate Schmidt (Julia Rehwald ) and Heather Watkins (Maya Hawke).

Fear Street Part Three: 1666 Soundtrack: “Bigger They Are” by Boodah an Da Bandit (01:43:00)

Darrell Britt-Gibson as Martin in Fear Street Part Three: 1666 on Netflix

“Bigger They Are” plays in Fear Street Part Three: 1666 when Martin tries to sell technology to Shadyside students. His product is quite large, which unsurprisingly doesn’t appeal to the customers. The scene builds to Josh meeting his online chat partner in person — “@queenofairanddarkness.”

Fear Street Part Three: 1666 Soundtrack: “Gigantic” by Pixies (01:44:00)

Kiana Madeira as Deena Johnson and Olivia Scott Welch as Samantha Fraser in Fear Street Part Three: 1666 on Netflix

In the final scene of Fear Street Part Three: 1666, Deena and Sam eat cheeseburgers and make-out in the forest — a callback to a scene in Fear Street Part One: 1994. The song “Gigantic” tells a story about a white woman observing a black man having sex, and so there’s undoubtedly a racial element at play in the sequence, but with a subversive twist. The lyrics punctuate the trilogy’s ending and suggest that Deena and Sam do indeed have a “a big, big love.”

Fear Street Part Three: 1666 Soundtrack: “Mr. Grieves” by Pixies (01:45:00)

Fear Street Part Three: 1666 on Netflix

A credits scene in Fear Street Part Three: 1666 teases a series continuation, with the song “Mr. Grieves” adding to the mystery. At the Shadyside Mall, an unidentified person visits a crime scene and takes a spell book that presumably belongs to the Goode family. Who is the film’s Mr. Grieves, then? We shall find out in the inevitable fourth movie, or potentially in a Fear Street series.

Q.V. Hough (@QVHough) is Vague Visages’ founding editor.

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