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

Fear Street Part Three: 1666 Soundtrack - Every Song in the 2021 Netflix Movie

The Fear Street Part Three: 1666 soundtrack includes music by Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Pixies and Oasis. This info article contains spoilers for Leigh Janiak’s 2021 Netflix movie. Check out Vague Visages’ Soundtracks of Cinema section for more music guides.

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.

Fear Street Part Three: 1666 Soundtrack: Every Song in the 2021 Netflix Movie

Fear Street Part Three: 1666 Soundtrack - Every Song in the 2021 Netflix Movie

  • “Mo’ Murda” by Bone Thugs-N-Harmony (01:13:00): The Fear Street Part Three: 1666 soundtrack song plays 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.
  • “Come Out and Play” by The Offspring (01:20:00): A mid-90s skate punk classic, “Come Out and Play” scores a montage sequence as Deena and company prepare to trap some undead baddies. Lyrically, the Fear Street Part Three: 1666 soundtrack 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.
  • “You Always Hurt the One You Love” by Jordyn DiNatale (01:33:00): 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.
  •  “Live Forever” by Oasis (01:41:00): The Fear Street Part Three: 1666 soundtrack song kicks in 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 Fear Street Part Three: 1666 soundtracksong 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).
  • “Bigger They Are” by Boodah an Da Bandit (01:43:00): “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.”
  • “Gigantic” by Pixies (01:44:00): In the final scene, Deena and Sam eat cheeseburgers and make-out in the forest — a callback to a scene in Fear Street Part One: 1994. The Fear Street Part Three: 1666 soundtrack song 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.”
  •  “Mr. Grieves” by Pixies (01:45:00): 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 and chief film critic.

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