Fear Street on Netflix: if you like Stranger Things, you'll love R.L. Stine's book-turned-movie series

Love chills and thrills? Here's what to know about Fear Street on Netflix, a new horror movie trilogy

Fear Street on Netflix
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When does Fear Street on Netflix come out? Let's just say, you might feel inclined to sleep with the lights on this weekend. Your childhood nightmares, courtesy of horror author R.L. Stine, are about to reemerge. 

The TV adaptation of his popular series is guaranteed to make you feel nostalgic for those elementary school book fairs. Don't you get goosebumps thinking about stocking up on all of those spooky reads? (See what we did there?) 

Here's everything to know about the Fear Street on Netflix horror trilogy. Prepare to be scared!

When does Fear Street on Netflix come out?

The Fear Street horror movie trilogy kicked off with Part 1 set in 1994, followed by a step back even further in time to 1978 in Part 2. Then, Part 3 concludes in 1666. The films will be released over three Fridays beginning Friday, July 2nd, so prepare for a few horror-filled nights in. 

"I was looking for buoyancy and fun in my next project, and Fear Street was perfect," writer Leigh Janiak stated in a Netflix press release. "I think a lot of people who grew up with these books feel the same way."

Fun or frightening—you'll have to be the judge.  

What is Fear Street about?

The films focus on a town that's been plagued by wicked forces for centuries. Teens of Shadyside have been attempting to uncover the mystery behind the gory slayings for years, but that might not necessarily be in their best interests.

Is Fear Street good for kids?

Despite what the film adaptation might suggest, this isn't the best show for the kiddos. The R rating means the movies are more suitable for the teens in your brood who can handle a few screams and mature content. 

What is different about Netflix's Fear Street?

Now that the stories are being retold and presented in a different light than the original books, diversity and representation are key components to the film adaptations. 

"The project started to come together around this idea of the systemic oppression that permeates culture and tells certain people that you’re “other” and you are never going to win," Janiak said. "And I think that's a common thing to feel growing up, especially for anyone who’s been born into a world they feel like they can’t escape."

She added: "Up until very recently, straight white people were the only characters who ever lived at the end. So it was important to me and my writers that Fear Street was led by people who society has, again, traditionally called an 'other,' and that's kind of where this idea of having our main characters be queer came from."

Fear Street movie cast: Who's in the trilogy? 

The film trilogy stars Kiana Maderia, Olivia Scott Welch, Benjamin Flores Jr., and Ashely Zuckerman, to name a few.

Fear Street books in order

Ready to add a spooky flair to your summer reading? Here are the Fear Street books in order (warning: there are a lot):

  • The New Girl
  • The Surprise Party
  • The Overnight
  • Missing
  • The Wrong Number
  • The Sleepwalker
  • Haunted
  • Halloween Party
  • The Stepsister
  • Ski Weekend
  • The Fire Game
  • Lights Out
  • The Secret Bedroom
  • The Knife
  • The Prom Queen
  • First Date
  • The Best Friend
  • The Cheater
  • Sunburn
  • The New Boy
  • The Dare
  • Bad Dreams
  • Double Date
  • The Thrill Club
  • One Evil Summer
  • The Mind Reader
  • Wrong Number 2
  • Truth or Dare
  • Dead End
  • Final Grade
  • Switched
  • College Weekend
  • The Stepsister 2
  • What Holly Heard
  • The Face
  • Secret Admirer
  • The Perfect Date
  • The Confession
  • The Boy Next Door
  • Night Games
  • Runaway
  • Killer's Kiss
  • All-Night Party
  • The Rich Girl
  • Cat
  • Who Killed the Homecoming Queen?
  • Into the Dark
  • Best Friend 2
  • Trapped

Watch the Fear Street on Netflix teaser

So, will we be seeing you in Shadyside this July? Be sure to watch your back! 

Danielle Valente
Digital News Writer

Need a TV show recommendation? Maybe a few decor tips? Danielle, a digital news writer at Future, has you covered. Her work appears throughout the company’s lifestyle brands, including My Imperfect Life, Real Homes, and woman&home. Mainly, her time is spent at My Imperfect Life, where she’s attuned to the latest entertainment trends and dating advice for Gen Z.

Before her time at Future, Danielle was the editor of Time Out New York Kids, where she got to experience the best of the city from the point of view of its littlest residents. Before that, she was a news editor at Elite Daily. Her work has also appeared in Domino, Chowhound, and amNewYork, to name a few. 

When Danielle’s not writing, you can find her testing out a new recipe, reading a book (suggestions always welcome), or rearranging the furniture in her apartment…again.