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A Shadyside Video Interview with Director LEIGH JANIAK of Netflix’s ‘FEAR STREET Part One: 1994’

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Today marks the begging of the Netflix’s Fear Street trilogy with the release of ‘Fear Street Part One: 1994’. But prior to this day a selected few from our own Latin Horror subscribers had a chance to view the the first installment of the trilogy, courtesy of the team-up of both Netflix and Latin Horror. Also two Latin Horror team members got a chance to interview the director of the Fear Street Trilogy, Leigh Janiak, during Netflix’s press junket.

This past Monday fifty Latin Horror subscribers received advance VIP access watch code a link to view ‘Fear Street Part One: 1994.’ Here are several of their first impressions: Vince Edgehill was exited to say, “Old school horror at its best.” While Bobby de Jesus, a non-horror fan said “So well written, directed and acted… Wildly entertaining.” Even a known horror couple chimed in, as Manny Serrano said “while it has a lot of modern day sensibilities in its characters and pacing, the film is heavily anchored by the Gen whY kids, with more alt rock hits than a Lollapalooza reunion tour.” And Lindsay “Mass Gravette” Serrano thoughts were, “Leigh Janiak truly captured the feeling of being a young teenager in the 90s while also masterfully placing you in the small fictional town of Shadyside.” And finally Yessenia Rivas felt, “The actors were phenomenal, the story super intriguing, and the twists and turns kept me on my feet.” To read all their full first impressions just go below the interview of Leigh Janiak.

Christian A. Morán and Edwin Pagán of Latin Horror got a chance to chat it up with Leigh Janiak the director of all three films in the Fear Street trilogy. Make sure you watch the video interview as Leigh talks about her process on taking on the R. L. Stine Fear Street books, the conventions of “the haves and the have nots” and how the well renowned filmmaker Terrence Malick fits in this horror trilogy.

You can watch the Fear Street Trilogy here: www.netflix.com/FearStreet

  • FEAR STREET PART 1: 1994 releasing globally on Netflix on July 2, 2021.
  • FEAR STREET PART 2: 1978 releasing globally on Netflix on July 9, 2021.
  • FEAR STREET PART 3: 1666 releasing globally on Netflix on July 16, 2021.

CHECK OUT LEIGH JANIAK INTERVIEW BELOW:

I can’t thank you enough LATIN HORROR! What a great film! Old school horror at its best. If the next one is anything like this one, for three weeks these films will be in the 10 on Netflix!” – Vince Edgehill 

So, let me start by saying that I’m NOT a fan of the horror/slasher genre at all really but the fellas at Latin Horror hooked a brotha up with this screening of “Fear Street Part 1: 1994” on Netflix and it was dynamite!!! Seriously. So well written, directed and acted… Wildly entertaining. I believe this one goes live on Friday. If you are a fan of this genre, you cannot miss this.” – Bobby de Jesus

It’s everything Fear Street was always supposed to be; Goosebumps for high schoolers. And while it has a lot of modern day sensibilities in its characters and pacing, the film is heavily anchored by the Gen whY kids, with more alt rock hits than a Lollapalooza reunion tour. This reminds me of The Craft and The Faculty so much, I wonder if 1978 will be able to channel Carrie and Sleepaway Camp as strongly.” – Manny Serrano 

Much like the books it is inspired by, Fear Street 1994 nicely “carves” out its own niche between a horror movie and the family friendly Goosebumps films. Its like the Midnight Society meets My So Called Life with some Scooby-Doo mixed in for good measure. Leigh Janiak truly captured the feeling of being a young teenager in the 90s while also masterfully placing you in the small fictional town of Shadyside. The awesome 90s soundtrack transported me back to my childhood spent devouring these books by the poolside – its a perfect summer series to binge during a heat wave!” – Lindsay MassGravette Serrano 

This movie really kept my attention. The actors were phenomenal, the story super intriguing, and the twists and turns kept me on my feet. I can’t wait to see how the story unfolds!” – Yessenia Rivas

“Fear Street Part One 1994 zapped me right back into the 90s horror/slasher genre. It definitely has the Scream, Urban Legend and I Know What You Did Last Summer vibe. Did I mention it also has a killer 90s soundtrack. I absolutely enjoyed all the music in it. I can’t wait to see part 2!”  – Jasmine Colón

Christian A. Morán
Christian A. Morán has been working on feature films, shorts, music videos and in documentaries, for which he won an award in 2002 at the Aurora Film Festival. As a Production Manager and Senior Editor at Media Blasters Inc., he has worked on and revived numerous Cult and Horror titles such as Lucio Fulci's Zombie 2, Takashi Miike's Ichi the Killer and One Missed Call. He also worked on post-production for Fever Dreams' feature, "Shadow: Dead Riot", starring Tony Todd of Candyman and worked on "Death Trance" directed by Yuji Shimomura and starring Versus' Tak Sakaguchi. Christian has also worked on animated titles including Invader Zim, Berserk, Giant Robo, Samurai Deeper Kyo, 12 Kingdoms and Voltron: Defender of the Universe. He also produced and edited a promotion video for a branch of The United Nations called Alliance of Civilizations which featured President Barack Obama. Currently, he is working with legendary producer Roger Corman and Code Red DVD, who handle titles from MGM (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer). At this time he is producing and directing his own films such as Silentious (2013), Flawed God (2014), Halloween Treat (2014) and the award winning film, Let's Play Dead Girl (2015).

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