Fear Street: Legend of the Flappers is an online film based on the novel, The Price of Love. Based on the book by Candida Albarr, the film has received warm reviews from critics, and an audience response that has been positive overall. Included in the cast of the Fear Street series are Julia Roberts, Dabney Coleman, Kevin Pollack, Edward Herrmann, Christopher Walken, and many more. Fear Street first came to light as a television series in 1994, chronicling the rise and fall of two teenage friends, Jessica and Kelly, in San Francisco, California. The girls were good-natured and sensitive, while battling demons from their past, as well as battling police officers, vandals, and many other local problems.
Fear Street Part One: 1994 draws its inspiration (some may say from the same novel that inspired the Fear Street series) from the real-life story of Jessica and Kelly. The movie follows their trials and tribulations in trying to make ends meet as teenagers, working part-time jobs to help support their families. Partly because of their parents' divorce, they live with their grandmother, who is also their primary caregiver. The girls are also forced to share a room with their best friend, which sparks several long-running friendships. Everything seems to be going well for the girls until they witness the brutal execution of a local shopkeeper for selling drugs.
As Jessica and Kelly continue to investigate the crime, they become drawn into the underground world of heroin abuse and prostitution, which is running rampant in and around San Francisco's liberal neighborhoods. However, instead of going to jail for their crimes, the girls are lured into a secret laboratory operated by a Chinese man (Chow Tong), where they are subjected to horrific medical procedures in exchange for narcotics. Fear Street: Legend of the Flappers chronicles their struggle against the evil Mr. Chow, while battling the brothels and dealers that threaten to take advantage of their poverty and addiction to drugs.
This first film shows the girls first encounter with the brothels, which helps establish the backdrop for Fear Street: Legend of the Flappers' events. After their introduction to the world of prostitution and drugs, the next most significant events occur when the two girls are kidnapped by a vicious serial killer. Jessica's tragic story is interwoven with the girls own struggle to cope with her tragic situation. While Fear Street: Legend of the Flappers gives us an early glimpse into what Chow was like as a character, it is not given enough time to examine the social and political circumstances that existed during the time that the movie was made. Also, the movie fails to address the many questions raised by the audience regarding the motivation behind the crime.
Despite its poor directing and cinematography, Fear Street: Legend of the Flappers still manages to be a very thrilling and entertaining film. The scenes involving Jessica and Amber's relationship is perhaps the best thing about the film. While the story is only eleven minutes long, the tension between the two girls, their determination to free each other, and the killer's plan are thrilling to watch. The late scenes involving Jessica's past are also extremely suspenseful, especially the close up shots of her bruised and scarred face during the car chase with the masked killer. All in all, this is a well made, entertaining film that showcases everything that made Jennifer Aniston and Honda great together.
Fear Street: Legend of the Flappers is an enjoyable and charming movie that will appeal to both teens and adults. Its unique story and the engaging performances of Jennifer Aniston and Demi Moore make it a very interesting and thought provoking movie, although some of the details regarding Demi Moore's character could be excoriated. However, those who have not seen the movie can at least enjoy the engaging and fast-paced sequences of the first half of the movie, where Demi and Jennifer Aniston's relationship get underway.