An excerpt from my script review for Fear Street Part One: 1994 which will be available 10/11/21:

3.) Quality of Characters

Generic Baddies.

Holly.  Hooded Figure.  Nightwing Killer.

First off, all I could think of when using “Nightwing” was a grown up Robin.

But the true issue was just how mediocre these villains felt.

Like the project couldn’t secure the rights to popular bad guys we are familiar with, or come up with anything original, so we’ll just include three random ones.


A girl who went on a killing spree in the 1960s in Shadyside.

Probably the most original of the bunch, but her evil “powers” are she rips people’s skin off?

It was gorey, but kind of random.

“Let’s see what’s inside!”


Then the other two felt like knockoffs of the Scream ghosts, Jason Voorhees, and Michael Myers all rolled into…two characters wielding butcher knives and machetes?

Nothing struck me as terrifying about them, and their only reason to exist is to give our group something to run away from.

It really could have been anything, but why not Sarah Fier?  One of the witch sisters everyone seems to keep talking about?

Listen, I understand it’s hard to be original when creating a new “monster” for a horror series, but at least try.

You’ll need your project to stand out, and one way to do that is by having a unique set of circumstances surrounding the evil in your script.

Remember a good monster has rules it has to follow, and then construct a story around that.

Don’t just have it chase your hero around for seventy plus pages with the aim of an Imperial Stormtrooper.

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