Netflix succeeded (considerably) with the slasher trilogy ‘Rue of Fear’, based on the eponymous writings of young adult literary legend RL Stine. The films, released week after week on the streaming platform, offered a quirky yet nostalgic take on this iconic horror subgenre, taking us to troubled Shadyside, known as the murder capital of the United States. United.
With the witch Sarah Fier as the main antagonist, who has cast a curse on the townspeople, the plot centers, at first, on Deena (Kiana Madeira) and Sam (Olivia Scott Welch), a couple who do in the face of the most supernatural and dangerous obstacles we can imagine understanding the constant tragedies that plague Shadyside. Through three separate works, ‘1994’, ‘1978’ and ‘1666’, director and screenwriter Leigh Janiak could not fail to pay homage to the classics that have influenced her productions, from ‘Friday the 13th’ to ‘The Witch’.
For this reason, CinePOP has separated a brief list explaining the main cinematic references present in ‘Rua do Medo’, going through all the volumes.
Created by Wes Craven, the ‘Scream’ franchise has risen to the level of one of the most well-known of all time (and we must not forget that it is heading towards a fifth chapter, which is scheduled to begin in 2022). In ‘The Street of Fear: 1994’, the opening scene, which centers on the murder of young Heather (Maya Hawke), hints at Drew Barrymore’s memorable streak in the 1996 film, including the moment when she take off the serial killer mask. see your identity before you die.
The acclaimed 1978 film directed by John Carpenter also served as inspiration for “1994,” although it was primarily intended for a brief and significant sequel. Here I’m referring to the moment when Kate (Julia Rehwald) works as a nanny and sees, for the first time, the appearance of the masked killer, trying to figure out what’s going on and lying around the house. The scene is similar to the first meeting between Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) and Michael Myers (Nick Castle), especially since Laurie also works as a nanny.
It’s hard to equate “Street of Fear” with anything reminiscent of “Poltergeist” except the question of the evil spirits that plague Shadyside. However, if one remembers the moment the protagonists find the buried bones of Sarah Fier, it is easy to draw a parallel with the fact that the 1982 film is set against the backdrop of the desecration of an indigenous cemetery and the hindering souls from advancing – clinging to the living in assaults of terror and chaos.
George A. Romero is directly referenced twice in ‘1994’, as Deena tries to explain that the killer Skull Mask hunts them for the sheriff, who laughs at what happens and begins to laugh at her. Plus, it’s remarkable how the appearance of the former serial killers comes to life in an homage to the classic “Night of the Living Dead”, from the characterization to the moves they make in the feature film.
‘The Nightmare Hour’ also lent elements to ‘Fear Street’, as part of Sarah Fier’s spellbinding lullaby that entered the culture of Shadyside and neighboring Sunnyvale. Of course, these songs have been around for centuries, but the musicality itself seems to have been borrowed from the one referring to Freddy Krueger and the urban legend that is part of the character.
Turning to ‘1978,’ by far the best entry in the trilogy, it’s notable how Janiak carves a cinematic love letter for the ‘Friday the 13’ franchise in different ways: the Nightwing camp setup itself is inspired by of Crystal Lake, home to the tenebrous. Jason Vorhees; the dynamic between the young monitors, fueled by sex and drugs, also alludes to the characters of “Friday the 13th”; and while Jason uses a machete, the assassin from the second chapter of “Street of Fear” pursues his victims with a sharp ax.
Ziggy (Sadie Sink) is the protagonist of ‘1978’ and, following in the footsteps of so many final girls from slasher horror films, becomes the target of intimidation. In one of the sequences, Ziggy enters the cabin where he is staying and sees, under the bed, the phrase “Ziggy sucks a cock in hell”, a direct reference to “The Exorcist”, which the possessed Regan (Linda Blair) pronounces “your mother sucks sticks in hell” for the priest.
‘Carrie – The Stranger’ is one of Stephen King’s classic writings and has come back to life for ‘Rue of Fear’. The production in question is honored when Ziggy considers throwing a bucket of paint at bully Sheila (Chiara Aurelia), claiming he doesn’t have a pig to exchange the contents for blood.
In ‘Rue of Fear: 1666’, the tale dates back to the 17th century and takes us to the small village of Union, the first name given to what would become Shadyside. The village setting and some scenes in the film make reference to the acclaimed psychological thriller “The Witch”, directed by Robert Eggers, including the invisible mysticism that floats through the forest and the house inhabited by the widow (Jordana Spiro).
Another movie classic placed as an archetype of “1666” is “The Witches of Salem”, based on the namesake play by Arthur Miller and brought to the big screen by director Nicholas Hytner. As well as clearly alluding to the Salem Witch Hunt, in which a court declared countless people innocent of witchcraft and pact with the Devil, the references infiltrate the name of creations such as Thomas, Sarah Fier, Solomon Goode. , Abigail and Hannah Miller – who draw inspiration from the work of Miller and Hytner.
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