The Gnarliest Kill in the 'Fear Street' Trilogy Was Inspired by Kmart Night Shifts

It’s Friday night, and you know what that means: TGIFS! Thank God It’s Fear Street!

Netflix’s entire Fear Street trilogy is now available to stream and it’s a blood-soaked throwback to the slasher movies of old. Scream, Halloween, Friday the 13th: they’re all influences. We’ll have a spoiler review of the full trilogy after the weekend once everyone’s had time to catch up with the third and final installment, Fear Street Part Three: 1666. In the meantime, we’ve been speaking with director Leigh Janiak, and you might be surprised by some of the other influences she’s citing: The Goonies, Terrence Malick, and…Kmart?

Warning: this post contains spoilers for Fear Street Part One: 1994

The first installment in Netflix’s trilogy has been out for two weeks already, but if you missed it and don’t want to know anything about anything, click away now.

You can bookmark this page and come back here when you’re up to speed with the first movie.

Consider this innocuous shot of the Shadyside Mall your last warning.

Breaking Down the Bread Slicer Death and Its Kmart Connection

Character deaths are an inevitable part of any slasher movie, but Fear Street Part One: 1994 manages to stage a particularly memorable one using a bread slicer in a supermarket. The Skull Mask killer feeds Kate (Julia Rehwald) through the slicer head first. It’s the experience that most of us have whenever we visit Kmart, right?

“The stuff of life. The saving place. Great brands, great value.” Death by bread slicer. Kmart.

In our interview with Janiak, courtesy of Danielle Ryan, the director did name-check said mart a couple of times, talking about how she once worked there. Check out what she had to say about the slicer death, below.

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