The setting may be "teen", but there will be no lack of blood in the horror trilogy 'Rua do Fear', from the Netflix. The platform of streaming released the first trailer of the production this Wednesday (9), on Geeked week – event focused on the release of films and series of science fiction, fantasy, comics and games. Check out:

Adaptation of the book series 'Rua do Medo', by RL Stine, the trilogy formed by 'Rua do Medo: 1994 – Part 1', 'Rua do Medo: 1978 – Part 2' and 'Rua do Medo: 1666 – Part 3 ' will arrive on Netflix on the 2nd, 8th and 16th of July, respectively.

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Stine is considered the “Stephen King of children's literature”, and became known worldwide as the author of the book series 'Goosebumps', which has already become a TV series, animation, games and film. 'Rua do Medo', although it has six editions released in Brazil, is not as well known outside the niche of the writer's fans.

But Netflix promises to change that. The adaptations were directed by Leigh Janiak, and interconnect three different time periods over 300 years. As in the books, all the stories take place in the fictional city of Shadyside, Ohio, always with the plot centered on a group of teenagers.

'Rua do Medo: 1994 – Part 1': Deena (Kiana Madeira), Simon (Fred Hechinger), Josh (Benjamin Flores Jr.), Kate (Julia Rehwald) and Sam (Olivia Welch). Image: Netflix/Disclosure
'Rua do Medo: 1994 – Part 1': Deena (Kiana Madeira), Simon (Fred Hechinger), Josh (Benjamin Flores Jr.), Kate (Julia Rehwald) and Sam (Olivia Welch). Image: Netflix/Disclosure

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“We made horror movies in a variety of ways and I was interested in how we could reinvent the genre a little bit,” says Janiak, in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. “Part of that came from this opportunity to tell a different kind of story that had a larger narrative, connected across all three movies, that you need to watch in a short amount of time to get the full experience. It's not a traditional sequel model”, he adds.

The original rights to the adaptation of the books, released since 1989, were held by Fox, and were purchased by Netflix last year. In spite of the children-youth targeting of the books, the films are recommended for adults.

The trilogy begins in 1994, when a group of teenagers discover a link between a centuries-old witch's curse and horrific tragedies that have plagued the city for decades. The second film goes back to 1978, while the third goes back to 1666 to detail the origins of the city's problems.

Ted Sutherland and "Nick" and Sadie Sink is "Ziggy" in 'Fear Street: 1978 – Part 2'. Image: Netflix/Disclosure
Ted Sutherland and “Nick” and Sadie Sink is “Ziggy” in 'Rue of Fear: 1978 – Part 2'. Image: Netflix/Disclosure

According to Janiak, in each part a subgenre of horror is addressed. 'Rua do Medo: 1994 – Part 1' is a teen horror film like 'I Know What You Did Last Summer' (1997) and 'Scream' (1996). The sequel, set in 1978, pays tribute to classics such as 'Friday the 13th' (1980) and 'Halloween' (1978).

“The way the actors and I worked on that movie was different from the 90s,” notes Janiak. “They live in a slightly more stylized world, they fit into more traditional archetypes compared to the 90s characters,” he explains.

'Rua do Medo: 1994 – Part 1' imitates a teenage slasher from the 1990s. Image: Netflix/Publishing
'Rua do Medo: 1994 – Part 1' imitates a teenage slasher from the 1990s. Image: Netflix/Publishing

For the third film, the filmmaker sought references in films set in the 17th century, such as 'The New World', by Terrence Malick. “It portrays a wonderful world that is spoiled and rotting. That was the big inspiration for us”, he remembers.

The cast of 'Rua do Fear: 1994 - Part 1' features Kiana Madeira, Madeira, Olivia Welch, Benjamin Flores Jr., Julia Rehwald, Jordana Spiro, Jordyn DiNatale. Fred Hechinger, Ashley Zukerman, Maya Hawke and Darrell Britt-Gibson. 'Rua do Fear: 1978 - Part 2' has Gillian Jacobs, Sadie Sink, Emily Rudd, McCabe Slye, Ryan Simpkins, Ted Sutherland and Chiara Aurelia. 'Rua do Fear: 1666 - Part 3' accumulates the actors from previous films.

Part of 'Rua do Medo: 1978 – Part 2' takes place at a vacation camp. Image: Netflix/Disclosure
Part of 'Rua do Medo: 1978 – Part 2' takes place at a vacation camp. Image: Netflix/Disclosure

Street: Entertainment Weekly

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