The Geeks OUT Podcast: I Know What You Did Last Reboot

The Geeks OUT Podcast

Opinions, reviews, incisive discussions of queer geek ideas in pop culture, and the particularly cutting brand of shade that you can only get from a couple of queer geeks all in highly digestible weekly doses.

In this week’s episode of the Geeks OUT Podcast, Kevin is joined by Daniel Stalter, as they discuss the first trailer for a reboot series of the movie I Know What You Did Last Summer, the trailer for Hawkeye and celebrate Gwendoline Christie joining the cast of Wednesday for our Strong Female Character of the Week. 

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BIG OPENING

KEVIN: Mayim Bialik and Ken Jennings will both host Jeopardy this year
DANIEL: New trailer for I Know What You Did Last Summer series

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DOWN AND NERDY

KEVIN: Love & Monsters, The Eyes of Tammy Faye, Y the Last Man
DANIEL: The Twisted Ones, Hollow Heart, Clean Room, Tragedy Girls

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STRONG FEMALE CHARACTER

Gwendoline Christie joins Addams Family series Wednesday as Morticia’s rival

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THIS WEEK IN QUEER

HBO Max cancels Genera+ion

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CLIP OF THE WEEK

New trailer for Hawkeye

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THE WEEK IN GEEK

MOVIES

• New trailer for Paranormal Activity: Next of Kin
• Warner Bros. working on reboot of Lost Boys
• New trailer for Nightmare Alley

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TV

• HBO Max/Cartoon Network announce new animated series Batwheels
• New trailer for 4400 reboot
• Amazon developing She-Ra live action series 
• New teaser for season 2 of Locke & Key
• New trailer for One of Us Is Lying
• Hulu renews Only Murders in the Building for season 2
• Hulu show first image from Marvel’s Hit-Monkey

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COMIC BOOKS

• Dan Parent launches Kickstarter for Kevin Keller omnibus
• DC announces new several new series including Batgirls

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SHILF

• KEVIN: Theodora (The Haunting)
DANIEL: Jesse Walsh (Nightmare on Elm Street 2)

The Geeks OUT Podcast: Neo Through the Looking Glass

The Geeks OUT Podcast

Opinions, reviews, incisive discussions of queer geek ideas in pop culture, and the particularly cutting brand of shade that you can only get from a couple of queer geeks all in highly digestible weekly doses.

In the return of the Geeks OUT Podcast, Kevin is joined by Michelle Rose, as they discuss our first look at The Matrix: Resurrections, WandaVision making history at the Emmy’s for the MCU, and celebrate our first trailer for season two of We’re Here in This Week in Queer. 

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BIG OPENING

KEVIN: Showrunner for failed New Warriors series shares exec thought it was “too gay”
MICHELLE: New trailer for The Matrix: Resurrections

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DOWN AND NERDY

KEVIN: Shang-Chi, Kate, Malignant, Only Murders in the Building, Killer Queens, Nine Stones
MICHELLE: The MCU, The Tomorrow War, Big Brother, Supergirl, Marvel’s What If, Clickbait

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STRONG FEMALE CHARACTER

WandaVision makes MCU history winning first Emmy award

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THIS WEEK IN QUEER

New trailer for season 2 of We’re Here

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CLIP OF THE WEEK

New trailer for Midnight Mass

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THE WEEK IN GEEK

MOVIES

• New trailer for Injustice animated movie
• Universal announces Halloween Kills will stream on Peacock same day
• New trailer for Don’t Look Up
• New trailer for Red Notice
• After much shuffling Venom 2 moves up 2 weeks
• New trailer for Moonfall
• New trailer for Ron’s Gone Wrong

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TV

• New trailer for season 2 of Star Trek: Picard
• First look at new cast for Star Trek: Strange New Worlds
• New trailer for Star Trek: Prodigy 
• New trailer for Squid Game
• Roku saves Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist with a movie special
• HBO Max orders Batman podcast
• New trailer for Aquaman: King of Atlantis
• New trailer for Lego Star Wars Terrifying Tales

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COMIC BOOKS

• Marvel severs ties with anti-semetic artist Joe Bennett
• Marvel launches updated Marvel Unlimited app with Infinity Comics
• DC premieres new Batman comic on WEBTOON

The Geeks OUT Podcast: American Podcast Story

The Geeks OUT Podcast

Opinions, reviews, incisive discussions of queer geek ideas in pop culture, and the particularly cutting brand of shade that you can only get from a couple of queer geeks all in highly digestible weekly doses.

In this week’s super-sized episode of the Geeks OUT Podcast, Kevin is joined by J.W. Crump, as they discuss all the American Stories coming soon from Ryan Murphy, and celebrate DC exploring Tim Drake’s queer identity in This Week in Queer.

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BIG OPENING

KEVIN: AMC works out deal with Warner Bros. for shortened releases in 2022
J.W.: There will now be two “hosts” of Jeopardy

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DOWN AND NERDY

KEVIN: Swan Song, Titans, Star Trek: Lower Decks
J.W.: Casually Comics, Magic, Glow Up

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STRONG FEMALE CHARACTER

Catherine Zeta-Jones is Morticia Addams in Wednesday series

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THIS WEEK IN QUEER

DC Comics acknowledges Tim Drake’s queer identity

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CLIP OF THE WEEK

New trailer for the final season of Lucifer

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THE WEEK IN GEEK

MOVIES

• Idris Elba joins Sonic the Hedgehog 2 as Knuckles
• Sony moves Venom 2 back a month
• New trailer for Night of the Animated Dead
• Emma Stone signs on for Cruella sequel

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TV

• New trailer for The Other Two season 2
• HBO renews The White Lotus for season 2
• New teaser for season 3 of Doom Patrol 
• First look at series adaptation of I Know What You Did Last Summer
• New trailer for Clickbait
• New trailer for season 2 of Kid Cosmic which is renewed for season 3
• New trailer for Q-Force
• The cast for How I Met Your Father more diverse than predecessor
• New trailer for Impeachment: American Crime Story
• New trailer for American Horror Story: Double Feature
• FX doubles down on Ryan Murphy with American Love & Sports Story shows
• New trailer for the newly renewed What We Do in the Shadows

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COMIC BOOKS

• Batman writer James Tynion IV is leaving DC exclusive for Substack
• Comic creators at Marvel barely compensated when characters are adapted

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SHILF

• KEVIN: Connor Kent
• J.W.: Tim Drake

The Geeks OUT Podcast: Y It Gotta Be About the Last Man

The Geeks OUT Podcast

Opinions, reviews, incisive discussions of queer geek ideas in pop culture, and the particularly cutting brand of shade that you can only get from a couple of queer geeks all in highly digestible weekly doses.

In this week’s episode of the Geeks OUT Podcast, Kevin is joined by Eric Green, as they discuss the new trailer for Y: The Last Man, the trailer for Cinderella, and celebrate Muppet Babies embracing Gonzo’s gender non-conformity in This Week in Queer. 

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BIG OPENING

KEVIN: New trailer for Y: The Last Man
ERIC: NPH to star in Uncoupled on Netflix

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DOWN AND NERDY

KEVIN: The Suicide Squad, Pray Away, Why Women Kill, Lisey’s Story
ERIC: The Owl House, Chip ‘n’ Dale: Park Life, 70’s and 80’s X-Men-ish comics

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STRONG FEMALE CHARACTER

New trailer for Cinderella

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THIS WEEK IN QUEER

Latest episode of Muppet Babies reveals Gonzo as gender non-conforming

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CLIP OF THE WEEK

New trailer for Sinphony

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THE WEEK IN GEEK

MOVIES

• New trailer for Venom: Let There Be Carnage
• Two straight cis stars of Jungle Cruise talk about importance of queer rep
• Colin Jost and his brother to write new live action TMNT movie
• Cobra Kai star Xolo Maridueña to play titular Blue Beetle movie
• New trailer for Kate

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TV

• New trailer for season 4 of Stranger Things
• New teaser for Impeachment: American Crime Story
• Disney+ renews Star Wars: The Bad Batch 
• Disney+ announces a Halloween Lego Star Wars special
• New trailer for Marvel’s What If…?
• Comedy Central/Paramount+ renews South Park for 4 seasons and 14 movies
• Adult Swim renews Tuca and Bertie
• First look at the Lord of the Rings series coming Sept. 2022
• The queer fantasy Valdemar series is being developed into a series
• NBC outright cancels Ultimate Slip ‘N Slide before it even premieres

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COMIC BOOKS

• Due to rising COVID risk NYCC likely to require vaccination
• New Star Wars: The High Republic: Out of the Shadows confirms ace/aro character

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SHILF

• KEVIN: Clayface
• ERIC: Poison Ivy from the Harley Quinn cartoon

The Geeks OUT Podcast: The Blizzard of our Discontent

The Geeks OUT Podcast

Opinions, reviews, incisive discussions of queer geek ideas in pop culture, and the particularly cutting brand of shade that you can only get from a couple of queer geeks all in highly digestible weekly doses.

In this week’s episode of the Geeks OUT Podcast, Kevin is joined by Teri Yoshiuchi, as they discuss the lawsuit (alleging widespread harassment) that is blowing up at Activision-Blizzard, the new trailer for Ghostbusters: Afterlife, and celebrate our first look at the Chucky series which features a queer lead in This Week in Queer.

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BIG OPENING

KEVIN: With COVID rates climbing Netflix mandating vaccination
TERI: Following widespread harassment allegations, Activision-Blizzard employees walk

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DOWN AND NERDY

KEVIN: Jungle Cruise, Jolt, Evil, Icon & RocketU: Revelations
TERI: Magic: The Gathering/D&D Crossover, Manifest, RPDR All Stars

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STRONG FEMALE CHARACTER

Scarlett Johansson suing Disney about Black Widow release, Emma Stone considers the same for Cruella

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THIS WEEK IN QUEER

New trailer for Chucky series featuring queer lead character

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CLIP OF THE WEEK

New trailer for Ghostbusters: Afterlife

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THE WEEK IN GEEK

MOVIES

• New trailer for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
• Paramount pulls Clifford the Big Red Dog from schedule
• New trailer for Lamb
• Blumhouse producing a new trio of Exorcist movies

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TV

• A series followup to Waterworld is being developed
• TNT renews Snowpiercer for season 4
• Matt Ryan to play a new character next season on Legends of Tomorrow 
• New trailer for season 12 of Archer
• New teaser trailer for American Horror Story: Double Feature
• Disney announces November premiere for Hawkeye
• New trailer for Only Murders in the Building
• Hulu renews Love, Victor for season 3
• Netflix renews Sweet Tooth for season 2
• Netflix developing live action Pokemon series
• New trailer for Brand New Cherry Flavor

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COMIC BOOKS

• Walmart launching “My First Comic” from DC
• Winston Duke to voice Bruce Wayne in Batman Unburied podcast

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SHILF

• KEVIN: Thena
• TERI: Shang-Chi

The Geeks OUT Podcast: American Bondage Stories

The Geeks OUT Podcast

Opinions, reviews, incisive discussions of queer geek ideas in pop culture, and the particularly cutting brand of shade that you can only get from a couple of queer geeks all in highly digestible weekly doses.

In this week’s episode of the Geeks OUT Podcast, Kevin is joined by Bobby Hankinson, as they discuss the queer start to American Horror Stories, enter the ring in the new trailer for Heelz, and celebrate Michaela Cole joining Black Panther: Wakanda Forever as our Strong Female Character of the Week.

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BIG OPENING

KEVIN: All of the Hollywood studios/guilds to require vaccination in COVID protocols, but Sean Penn wants more for his new show
BOBBY: New trailer for Heelz

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DOWN AND NERDY

KEVIN: Old, Snake Eyes, American Horror Stories, MOTU: Revelations
BOBBY: Behind the Attraction, Shark Beach, 100 ft. Wave

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STRONG FEMALE CHARACTER

Michaela Cole joins Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

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THIS WEEK IN QUEER

Netflix’s The Mitchells vs. The Machines their most watched animated movie

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CLIP OF THE WEEK

New trailer for The Harper House

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THE WEEK IN GEEK

MOVIES

• Leslie Grace announced as new Batgirl
• A new mini-studio for animation is being added to Marvel’s production wing
• New trailer for Dune reboot
• New trailer for Malignant
• New trailer for Demonic

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TV

• New trailer for Clickbait
• Amazon releasing lesbian reality series Tampa Baes this fall 
• New trailer for Chip ‘n’ Dale: Park Life 
• Disney’s The Owl House introducing non-binary character
• The Charmed reboot is losing a sister
• New trailer for Star Trek: Prodigy & Star Trek: Lower Decks
• Hulu’s PEN15 releasing animated special
• New trailer for Nine Perfect Strangers

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COMIC BOOKS

• Marvel announces Marvel’s Voices: Comunidades celebrating Latinx characters/creators
• Archie Comics announces the return of Sabrina in two comics

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SHILF

• KEVIN: Idris Elba
• BOBBY: John Cena

The Geeks OUT Podcast: GLAAD to be Queer

The Geeks OUT Podcast

Opinions, reviews, incisive discussions of queer geek ideas in pop culture, and the particularly cutting brand of shade that you can only get from a couple of queer geeks all in highly digestible weekly doses.

In this week’s episode of the Geeks OUT Podcast, Kevin is joined by Geeks OUT President, Nic Gitau, as they discuss MJ Rodriguez’s historic Emmy nomination, GLAAD’s report on representation, and celebrate Meghan Markle’s new animated series Pearl for our Strong Female Character of the Week. 

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BIG OPENING

KEVIN: Disney made $60mil opening weekend of Black Widow in Premier Access
NIC: In historic nomination, Mj Rodriguez is recognized for the final season of Pose

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DOWN AND NERDY

KEVIN: Escape Room 2, Space Jam 2, Barb & Star, Loki, Gossip Girl
NIC: Gunpowder Milkshake, witches (Motherland: Fort Salem, Fear Street trilogy) and dramatic baby geighs (genera+tion, betty)

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STRONG FEMALE CHARACTER

Meghan Markle creating/producing animated series Pearl for Netflix

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THIS WEEK IN QUEER

New GLAAD report shows lack of trans rep in major movies for last 4 years

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CLIP OF THE WEEK

New teaser for Y: The Last Man

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THE WEEK IN GEEK

MOVIES

• New trailer for Free Guy teases Deadpool’s entry into the MCU
• New trailer for Pixar’s Turning Red
• WandaVision director signs on to direct new Star Trek movie
• Not satisfied with the current streaming wars, Netflix is getting into gaming
• New trailer for the documentary Pray Away

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TV

• Paramount+ renews revival of iCarly for second season
• Paramount+ orders Grease prequel series following the Pink Ladies 
• New trailer for season 3 of Titans 
• Cartoon Network teams with Matthew Cherry for Battu animated series
• Disney+ officially renews Loki for season 2 but without director/EP Kate Herron
• New trailer for Disney+’s Behind the Attraction
• New teaser for Chucky series

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COMIC BOOKS

• DC announces big celebration for 80th anniversary of Wonder Woman
• The 2021 Mad Cave Studios talent search is happening now

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SHILF

• KEVIN: Edgar (Barb & Star)
• NIC: Ava (Gunpowder Milkshake)

Review: Fear Street 1666

Spoiler-Free Review:

The trilogy of films concludes with Fear Street: 1666. I’m not typically a fan of historical horror, but I loved R.L. Stine’s Fear Street Saga. Like its predecessors, 1666 makes a tonal shift for the third part of the story that fits the time period is set in. I appreciated how the color palettes of the films shifted with each movie, and I’m glad that trend continued. 1666 by nature is more somber than its predecessors, but the way that it brought back the cast of the first two films to play each character gave it a sense of familiarity. It dives deeper into the Shadyside mythos and delivered us even more queer energy. I think my favorite part of this was how the filmmakers leaned into the fact that queer people have always existed. I also appreciated how the truth about the curse unfolded. It went in the direction I had hoped it would and still threw in plenty of surprises. On a technical note, 1666 is more like two films in one. The 1666 portion is roughly one hour, but the rest is 1994: Part 2.  While it felt a little disjointed compared to the previous movies, I think it worked really well for the trilogy. It might be harder to grade a standalone film, but that’s because it does an excellent job of tying all three movies together. After watching it, it’s hard not to think of the trilogy as a single bloody epic. 1978 and 1666 tell their stand-alone stories, but 1994 is the glue that holds them together. I went into this trilogy with high expectations, and I was not disappointed. 1666 might be tough to score by itself, but it was the conclusion we needed. 

Score: 4 Stars

Observations & Spoilers

Keeping with the trend from my Fear Street book reviews, everything from this point on contains spoilers. So you can wait until you’ve seen the movie and come back, or you can read on ahead with reckless abandon. Consider yourself warned.

Most of us who grew up in the United States are familiar with the Salem witch trials witch of the late seventeenth century. It was the original Satanic Panic. We have our own legends about them, too. A lot of people think that the accused witches were burned at the stake, even though that was never the case. Even R.L. Stine’s The Betrayal acknowledges this fact, as it was only in the fictional Wickham Village where witches were burned alive. Fear Street: 1666 played into this beautifully. I loved the way that the curse was revealed to be quite different than the Shadysiders in 1978 and 1994 had been lead to believe. Sarah Fier was never the one who placed the curse; she was its first victim and the only one who ever figured out the truth.

FEAR STREET: 1666 (Pictured) KIANA MADEIRA as SARAH FIER. NETFLIX © 2021

I’m not typically a fan of historical horror. I found The Witch boring as hell. 1666 shares a similar aesthetic, but it never felt slow or inaccessible. Part of this was helped by all of the familiar faces assuming similar roles. It gave us a sense of who each character was without having to say very much. Likewise, the legwork done in the previous movies had already established knowledge of the Union settlement and the Shadyside curse. While 1666 was certainly darker and struck a much more somber tone, it still managed to maintain enough of the campy flair that has made this trilogy so enjoyable.

FEAR STREET: 1666 (L to R) EMILY RUDD as ABIGAIL and JULIA REHWALD as LIZZIE. NETFLIX © 2021

I was already impressed with the queer love story in Fear Street: 1994, and I’m glad that we got another one in 1666. The love story of Sarah and Hannah felt familiar because of the parallels to the 1994 story. Just like Sam, Hannah had an overbearing mother that didn’t approve. Witchcraft became a metaphor for queerness. Sarah and Hannah’s relationship became a scandal that got them accused of laying with the devil. The original Shadysider was a queer woman falsely accused in order to cover up the evil of man. I appreciated the way that this made the film feel current.

FEAR STREET: 1666 (L to R) KIANA MADEIRA as SARAH FIER and OLIVIA SCOTT WELCH as HANNAH MILLER. NETFLIX © 2021

It was a bit jarring to be thrust back to 1994 after an hour in the seventeenth century, but we had a storyline to finish. It felt like an odd fit at first, but it worked when I stepped back and regarded the trilogy as a whole. We got some more 90s jams, we got some more bloody kills, and we got to see the family line that had cursed Shadyside brought to its knees. I will also note that the trilogy is very rewatchable. There are so many things that will jump out from the first two after seeing the final installment, especially the words and actions of Nick Goode. The movie also left the book open for future installments and spin-offs. I could easily see this becoming an anthology series of sorts. I hope that whatever comes prominently features the actual street in its title and that Reva Dalby shows up at some point.

FEAR STREET: 1666 (L to R) GILLIAN JACOBS as C.BERMAN, BENJAMIN FLORES JR. as JOSH and DARRELL BRITT-GIBSON as MARTIN. NETFLIX © 2021

And finally, a few weeks ago I got to interview Leigh Janiak (the director) and Phil Graziadei (co-writer of 1994 and 1666) on behalf of GeeksOUT. We got to talk about the queer elements of the trilogy, what books/movies influenced their storytelling, and whether we’ll be seeing more from Fear Street in the future. Check it out below.

Thank you for reading along on these reviews. If you’ve enjoyed these movies as much as I did and are maybe looking to scratch the nostalgic itch of your childhood R.L. Stine binge-reading days, I’ve been reading and reviewing a bunch of them on my blog for the last few years. My reviews are honest and not always glowing like the reviews for these movies have been. There’s plenty of memes and gif used to illustrate my points and have fun with the ridiculousness of it all. There are also plenty of other Fear Street, Goosebumps, Point Horror, and Christopher Pike books in the mix as well.

The Geeks OUT Podcast: What If…the MCU was Queer?

The Geeks OUT Podcast

Opinions, reviews, incisive discussions of queer geek ideas in pop culture, and the particularly cutting brand of shade that you can only get from a couple of queer geeks all in highly digestible weekly doses.

In this week’s episode of the Geeks OUT Podcast, Kevin is joined by Mel Cone, from NYCGaymers, as they wonder What If…? Marvel’s latest statement about LGBTQ+ representation in the MCU was enough to tide us over until they actually come through, and get excited for the introduction of Renee Montoya in season 3 of Batwoman in This Week in Queer. 

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BIG OPENING

KEVIN: In a new “community outreach” effort the NYPD introduced a new Game Truck
MEL: The exec-VP of production at Marvel Studios promises more LGBTQ rep

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DOWN AND NERDY

KEVIN: Fear Street: 1978, Sweet Tooth, X-Men
MEL: Black Widow, Loki, Otome games

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STRONG FEMALE CHARACTER

Black Widow subverts with even more female representation

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THIS WEEK IN QUEER

Renee Montoya is coming to season 3 of Batwoman

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CLIP OF THE WEEK

New trailer for Marvel’s What If…?

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THE WEEK IN GEEK

MOVIES

• The full schedule is released for SDCC @ Home
• New teaser trailer for Disney’s Encanto
• New trailer for The Addams Family 2

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TV

• New trailer for new EPIX series Chapelwaite based on Stephen King story
• New teaser for American Horror Stories 
• New trailer for The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf 
• New teaser for season 2 of The Witcher
• Netflix is developing a series based on Something is Killing the Children comic

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VIDEO GAMES

• Playstation makes a number of announcements in their State of Play showcase
• After much teasing Nintendo unveils a new Switch

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SHILF

• KEVIN: Red Guardian
• MEL: Yelena

Review: Fear Street: 1978

Spoiler-Free Review:

Fear Street 1978 doesn’t waste any time getting right to the good stuff. Last week’s 1994 had already done a lot of the heavy lifting introducing us to Shadyside and the witch’s curse, so 1978 was poised to hit the ground running. Where the first movie featured an homage to nineties movies, the second part of the story does the same with the greats of the seventies. You can pick up references to Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th, The Exorcists, and probably several others that I missed. It also uses a different color pallet to establish a new feel and tone. We already got the headline of what happened at Camp Nightmoon, so we knew how the movie would end before it even started. The fun was in finding out how the events actually unfolded. The good stuff never makes it into the papers. The principal cast delivered some excellent performances. There were some truly brutal kills. We got plenty of new context to the information we found in the first movie. There were a few contrived items that stretched the realm of plausibility, but there was nothing so egregious that it took me out of the experience. The self-aware approach to old-school horror movie campiness helped a lot in that regard. Fear Street: 1978 works really well as its own stand-alone movie, but it also sets the stage nicely for Fear Street: 1666. I know the film did its job because I cannot wait for the third and final part of the trilogy.

Score: 4 stars

Observations & Spoilers

Keeping with the trend from my Fear Street book reviews, everything from this point on contains spoilers. So you can wait until you’ve seen the movie and come back, or you can read on ahead with reckless abandon. Consider yourself warned.

Fear Street: 1978 takes the Camp Nightmoon setting from the Fear Street novel Lights Out, but it doesn’t take much else from the book. I wasn’t exactly a fan of that book, so you will hear no complaints from me on this point. There weren’t many book references beyond what the first movie gave us, and I was honestly fine with that. I like the fact that these movies aren’t just beholden to a rigid canon, and are allowed to really be their own thing. These movies are for horror fans of all stripes; book fans and movie fans alike will find plenty to enjoy.

FEAR STREET: 1978 – Cr: Netflix © 2021

1978 was allowed to be a tighter movie in general because of all the heavy lifting that 1994 already did. We already knew about the curse; we even knew how many people were going to die at Camp Nightmoon by the end of it. The fun part was in seeing how events unfolded and picking up on the small ways it all tied together with the events of Part One. If the first movie was already giving you Stranger Things vibes, Sadie Sink helped carry that feeling into the second film. She leads an excellent cast of actors that includes Ted Sutherland as a young Nick Goode. I appreciated how the story made me really feel for these characters, even though I knew most of them were doomed from the start. Alice, who is portrayed by non-binary actor Ryan Simpkins, puts it simply: “Everyone has their own way of dealing with Shadyside.”

FEAR STREET: 1978 (Pictured) RYAN SIMPKINS as ALICE. NETFLIX © 2021

There was a really strong undercurrent of women supporting women at the core of this story. Women in movie roles and other sectors of the media are often pitted against each other. As though there can only be one that comes out on top. Fear Street: 1978 featured a really touching story between two sisters (Cindy and Ziggy) as well as between two friends (Cindy and Alice). The tragic way that the curse of Shadyside had infiltrated all of their lives was shown to have more depth than just the psycho killers who spring up every so often. It drove Cindy to strive for perfection to seek a way out. I drove Alice to cut themself and seek joys in the simple pleasures of life. It left the young Ziggy jaded and apathetic about ever being able to get away from Shadyside. It made that hopeful moment after Alice found Sarah’s hand all the more powerful. It also made Alice’s and Cindy’s deaths that much more tragic. I’m a firm believer that character is the key to any good story, and I’m so grateful that these movies have (so far) not lost sight of that.

FEAR STREET: 1978 – (L-R) EMILY RUDD as CINDY and SADIE SINK as ZIGGY. Cr: Netflix © 2021

I had a few issues with Sarah’s hand. I felt like it was found a bit too easily in both instances. The first one is more forgivable. The red moss was a nice touch. There was also plenty of it around Sarah’s grave in the first movie. I like the unnatural bright red look of it and how it represented a physical manifestation of the curse. I also thought it was cool the way that the Shadyside Mall was built around the hanging tree. I’m not sure that the roots of a tree that old and large could withstand being surrounded by a foundation like that, and I also don’t think the hand would just stay buried given all the surrounding excavation that would have needed to happen  I don’t know shit about architecture and engineering so maybe I’m completely wrong. Still, it stuck out to me as a little too convenient for the plot that Deena and Josh were able to find the hand again so easily. And that’s not even getting into the fact that they were able to easily break into a mall that was also the scene of a very recent mass murder without getting caught. But again, I was having fun so it was easy to let this point slide.

FFEAR STREET: 1978 – (L-R) TED SUTHERLAND as NICK and SADIE SINK as ZIGGY. Cr: Netflix © 2021

I found it a little confusing as to why Nick Goode gave the authorities Cindy’s name instead of Ziggys. The only reason I can think of was to save her from the curse since Ziggy is the one who bled on Sarah’s bones. But the cold way that Nick regarded Ziggy when she asked if he believed her about the curse seems to contradict that. There was something shrouded in his intentions. Maybe it’s something that will be revealed next week in Fear Street: 1666. There’s only one way to find out. Fear Street: 1978 premieres on Netflix July 9th.

FEAR STREET: 1978 (L to R) EMILY RUDD as CINDY, RYAN SIMPKINS as ALICE and SAM BROOKS as ARNIE. NETFLIX © 2021

If you’re enjoying the Fear Street movies and have been looking to scratch the nostalgic itch of your childhood R.L. Stine binge-reading days, I’ve been reading and reviewing a bunch of them on my blog for the last few years. There are plenty of Fear Street, Goosebumps, Point Horror, and Christopher Pike books already up there. If you like what you see, find me on social media and follow along. I will also be involved in the Geeks Out trivia event next week. We put together some really fun questions, and there may even be some appearances from the cast. See below for details.

There wasn’t as much explicitly queer content in this movie beyond the opening scenes with Deena and Sam. I still enjoyed the hell out of this movie. If Fear Street: 1666 takes things in the direction that I think it will, there should be more queerness on the horizon. For those of you that can’t wait, Netflix has been organizing several Queer Street events across the country. This Saturday it will be hitting New York City. Check out the details below if you’re interested, and maybe I’ll see you there!