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The Best Easter Eggs Found In The 'Fear Street' Films

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List RulesVote up the references that show the 'Fear Street' series knows its horror and nerd history.

MAJOR SPOILERS BELOW.

Netflix's Fear Street trilogy - based on the wildly popular R.L. Stine YA horror book series of the same name - is not only a ton of teen slasher fun, it's also chock-full of Easter eggs for eagle-eyed horror fans to find. Part 1: 1994 is a love letter to the '90s, following a group of teens in the fictional town of Shadyside (nicknamed "Killer Capital, USA") as they attempt to stop a witch, Sarah Fier, who has terrorized their town for centuries. Part 2: 1978 flashes back to the '70s when Sarah Fier went slaying at a summer camp. Part 3: 1666 shows us the 17th-century origins of the Shadyside curse. All three films are filled with nostalgia-inducing music, clothing, and slang - but also many references to other (mostly-horror) films and franchises.

Vote up the best Easter eggs in Fear Street Part 1: 1994, Fear Street Part 2: 1978, and Fear Street Part 3: 1666.

  • Photo: Fear Street Part 2: 1978 / Netflix
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    A Knight In 'Shining' Armor

    In 1978, young Nick Goode tells Ziggy, "Stephen King's new one's supposed to be good." Since Part 2 takes place on July 19, 1978, the book he's referring to is The Shining, published in 1977.

    Later, Tommy wears plaid and menacingly stalks Nick and Ziggy with a large ax... much like Jack Nicholson does in the 1980 film version of The Shining. He then uses the ax to chop down a door. Heeeeeeere's Tommy!

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  • Photo: Fear Street Part 2: 1978 / Netflix
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    Jason Lives

    With all the Friday the 13th vibes 1978 gives off, it's no surprise Camp Nightwing was filmed in the same location as Camp Crystal Lake in Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (renamed Camp Forest Green in the film because of the lake's dark history).

    According to Netflix, the real camp - Camp Daniel Morgan in Rutledge, Georgia - is supposedly haunted.

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  • Photo: Fear Street Part 1: 1994 / Netflix
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    Robert Lawrence

    1994 begins with bookstore clerk Heather selling The Wrong Number by Robert Lawrence to a customer. Heather ominously reads aloud the book's tagline - "It began as a prank, and ended in murder" - which perfectly foreshadows both her death and the plot of the movie.

    The Wrong Number is from the original Fear Street series. Its protagonist, Deena, even shares a name with 1994's. The cover is also real, except for one small change: instead of "Robert Lawrence," the author usually goes by "R.L." Stine.

    Two other Fear Street books, The Sleepwalker and The Surprise Party, also appear. 

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  • Photo: Fear Street Part 1: 1994 / Netflix
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    'Scream'-Inspired Opening

    The opening scene to 1994 screams Scream: what seems like an innocent prank turns deadly when a friend dresses in a black cloak costume and white mask, then slow-mo chases and brutally ends the life of a girl who many viewers assumed was the main character of the film. In her final moments, Maya Hawke's Heather even reaches up and pulls off her killer's mask, recalling Drew Barrymore's Casey in the Wes Craven classic.

    The pacing, tone, and music for 1994 all make for an homage to the meta slasher.

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