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In Fear (2014)

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86

Average Rating: 6.8/10
Reviews Counted: 42
Fresh: 36 | Rotten: 6

Compact and effective, In Fear offers discerning horror fans a smart and disturbing plunge into the depths of cinematic anxiety.

88

Average Rating: 6.8/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 1

Compact and effective, In Fear offers discerning horror fans a smart and disturbing plunge into the depths of cinematic anxiety.

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In Fear is a tense psychological horror about a young couple's fight to make it through the night. Home invasion but in a car. In real-time. Tom (De Caestecker) and Lucy (Englert) are trapped in a maze of country roads with only their vehicle for protection, terrorized by an unseen tormentor hell-bent on exploiting their worst fears. Driving, lost and tormented in the night, primal fears of the dark and the unknown give way to fear that you have let the evil in, or that it is already there.(c)

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Mar 11, 2014

Anchor Bay/Freestyle Releasing

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All Critics (42) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (36) | Rotten (6) | DVD (1)

Rarely have so few commonplace ingredients produced so many uncommon chills.

March 6, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Times
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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.

March 6, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Post
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Lovering keeps "In Fear" visually absorbing through unsettling close-ups and a well-paced series of scares.

March 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Imagine Funny Games (either version) without the meta-movie aspect. Even those annoyed by Michael Haneke's hectoring in those pictures must admit that there wouldn't be much left but random, pointless sadism without it.

March 6, 2014 Full Review Source: AV Club
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Logic is a torch we can use to fight our fears. If it flickers only dimly here, perhaps that's by design.

March 4, 2014 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Grips like a 4x4, even as the escalating tension threatens to spin out of control.

November 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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... young couple takes a very wrong turn. UK helmer Lovering tightens the screws the old-fashioned way, through atmosphere and suggestion ... (It) possesses a bleakly funny Pinter-esque quality.

May 25, 2014 Full Review Source: CinemaDope
CinemaDope

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.

May 8, 2014 Full Review Source: FEARnet
FEARnet

More coherent writing could have helped. That, or a direct line to the Auto Club.

April 23, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Chambers
Movie Chambers

A masterful example of lean 'n' mean outdoor nightmare-making that resonates with the same power of Wolf Creek, but without all the torture and gore.

March 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

The actors didn't know exactly where the script was going, but their improvised dialogue moves authentically from teasing to discomfort to light jokes about something deeper.

March 13, 2014 Full Review Source: Canada.com
Canada.com

Sometimes, a horror film needs nothing more than the right cast, the right setting, and an elegantly streamlined story to effectively induce dread. Such is the case with In Fear.

March 13, 2014 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

Despite falling into a couple inevitable conventions of the genre... In Fear's deranged ambiguity and quiet madness make for a terrifying viewing experience.

March 12, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine
Movie Mezzanine

This could have worked as a contained horror flick, but when you're sitting there shaking your head over and over at the characters' inexplicable actions, there's very little chance that you're going to sympathize with them or get engaged in their plight.

March 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

"In Fear" is an oft-frightening film that stays with you. One of the most accomplished genre offerings of the last few years, it is a must for horror fans and suspense enthusiasts.

March 10, 2014 Full Review Source: DustinPutman.com
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There are traces of films such as The Hitcher, House of 1000 Corpses, Joy Ride, and Hush wrapped up in the DNA of In Fear, but unfortunately that DNA is more of a clone than its own identity.

March 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

Genuinely scary and suspenseful because it leaves room for imagination and doesn't rely on gore or use a "found footage" device.

March 7, 2014 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
NYC Movie Guru

"In Fear" takes a small task and a hooky premise and runs with them, providing some good jolts over the course of its barely-90-minute length.

March 7, 2014 Full Review Source: RogerEbert.com
RogerEbert.com

We never know Lucy and Tom enough to care about their survival.

March 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Daily Herald (IL)
Daily Herald (IL)

As an exercise in stomach-knotting, In Fear is mildly successful [...] All the pieces are in place for a gripping indie horror flick, but [the] film just goes around in circles.

March 4, 2014 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
The Dissolve

In Fear lets its increasingly rattled characters stew for as long as possible before gradually revealing its hand, improvisation adding to the credibility of the couple's unravelling behaviour.

November 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Audience Reviews for In Fear

Didn't even complete this unsuspenseful drivel !
March 12, 2014
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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.
October 21, 2013
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