In Fear (2014)
Critic Consensus: Compact and effective, In Fear offers discerning horror fans a smart and disturbing plunge into the depths of cinematic anxiety.
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Rarely have so few commonplace ingredients produced so many uncommon chills.
A wicked little horror film in which nearly all of the violence takes place in your head, "In Fear" expertly builds terror out of not much more than two people driving around in a car.
If you've ever been lost at night on a road you've never seen before, you'll probably get a kick out of In Fear.
In Fear was made for next to nothing but that is not always a virtue. After an adequate start its storyline goes precisely nowhere.
A lost-in-the-woods horror predominantly set within a car's claustrophobic confines, this is certainly one of the better films of late to play with fear of the dark.
Audience Reviews for In Fear
In Fear is a well made and unique horror film thanks to its minimalistic approach and tense screenplay. The plot and setting are simple, but the execution is what makes this worthwhile. I was actually getting uncomfortable at times because of how tense this film can get. Revealing anything would give away the plot that slowly reveals itself. It's not going to knock your socks off, but again it is effective and well done. The acting is a little shaking in spots, but nothing terrible. Overall, this worth a trip if you like your horror films to have a little thought to them rather than splatter gore all over the screen.
Didn't even complete this unsuspenseful drivel !
After meeting her on a night out, Tom (De Caestecker) invites Lucy (Englert) to accompany him to a music festival in a remote part of Ireland. She accepts, unaware that Tom has a surprise in store; he's taken it upon himself to book the couple into a hotel on the first night. Suspicious at first, Alice goes along and they set off for the hotel, following an unhelpful map and road signs that seem to keep bringing them in circles. With the evening growing darker, Tom and Lucy struggle to find their way out of what seems a maze of backroads. Then, a mysterious figure in a white mask begins to terrorize the couple. Is Tom's earlier altercation in a pub to blame?
As a child, we would be brought by my father on trips to the Irish countryside most Sundays. Everything was delightful during the day, a welcome break from the concrete and smoke of our Dublin suburb. On the drive home, however, with night approaching, the rural backroads of County Wicklow would take on a sinister visage. Trees that seemed to have escaped the set of some gothic horror production loomed over the family car, rubbing their overgrown branches menacingly against the side of the car. Looking up through the car's sunroof presented me with the terrifying sight of these trees seemingly engulfing me, set to pounce.
Director Lovering brought back memories of these childhood trips with this creepy little chiller. The best horror movies prey on simple fears. Here it's the fear of the dark, of strangers and of loss of control. It's a simple plot with just three speaking characters and Lovering mines his scares with a simplicity that the likes of James Wan could learn from. The first appearance of the masked stranger is particularly unsettling and an early scene where a character is pulled into the ditches is shocking, as we've become so accustomed to overlong build-ups it's alarming to see a horror film's villain strike so early.
In the final act, the film loses its way as Lovering struggles to wrap things up but for the most part 'In Fear' is an intense road trip, made all the more interesting by confining most of its action to the inside of a car.
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