It’s been ages since we got any info about Fear Street, the highly-anticipated movie adaptation of R.L. Stine’s hugely popular novels of the same name, which has been in the works seemingly forever. But now, exclusively for Wicked Horror readers, we have a glimpse at the set, along with several clues about what the premise could be for the upcoming flick.
Legendary horror author Stine, whose Fear Street novels are like Goosebumps for grown-ups (I dunno, Goosebumps still seems pretty scary — just me?), confirmed the movie was in pre-production a couple of years back, advising fans producers were waiting for a “good script” and not to get too excited just yet.
Then, Collider reported there were actually three movies in the works, rather than just one. The fledgling trilogy will reportedly follow two gay teens who are “trying to navigate their rocky relationship when they’re targeted by the crazy horrors of their small town, Shadyside” (the fictional, and incredibly dodgy-sounding, Ohio town where Stine often set his spooky stories).
The lead actresses tapped for the project are Disney alum Kiana Madeira (who also starred in the brilliant Level 16) and Olivia Welch, who’s appeared in plenty of high-profile stuff including Modern Family and Agent Carter.
The duo are reportedly playing characters in two different time periods, namely the mid-90s (so hot right now) and the 1600s, a time when gay women were in even more danger than in modern times, leading some to suggest these movies could be adaptations of the Betrayal trilogy.
Anticipation for the Fear Street adaptation is incredibly high, particularly after the success of 2015’s Jack Black-starring Goosebumps and its lively sequel, 2018’s Haunted Halloween. Stine teased fans on Twitter by suggesting,“The Fear Street movie will be an original story” but you can take guesses from the below photo as to whether he’s telling the truth or not.
The shot, submitted anonymously by a Wicked Horror reader, was taken at the North Dekalb Mall in Atlanta. The meaning is, obviously, unclear but certainly suggests an interesting supernatural element is at play here, if not a nod to the infamous Salem Witch Trials (which could connect nicely to modern treatment of LGBTQ people).
Check it out for yourself below. We’ll keep you updated on more info as it becomes available.