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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"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.
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.
Lovering keeps "In Fear" visually absorbing through unsettling close-ups and a well-paced series of scares.
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.
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 !
This is definitely on the shortlist for one of the year's best horror of the year. Granted, it's still very early in the year, so there's still enough time for other films to surpass it, but I was really into this film. The thing about it is that it relies on the psychological effects of Tom's and Lucy's fight to survie the night rather than on the violence and gore that you normally see with horror films. This isn't a passive-aggressive shot at gory horror movies, some of which I very much enjoy, but it's always great to see a movie that creates a very compelling, intense, and, quite frankly, disturbing horror film without relying on all the usual crutches. The villain in this film is also one of the better horror villains since Robin McLeavy in The Loved Ones, a movie that all horror nerds should see. The difference in this film is that, as opposed to The Loved Ones, the villain in this film feels like he could actually exist in the real world and that makes what's happening to Tom and Lucy infinitely more horrifying. That type of nihilistic, sociopathic behavior manifesting itself in the way it does in this film is really quite disturbing and the way Max psychologically tortures Lucy and Tom is really quite disturbing and, again, there's enough reality in there to make what's happening even more harrowing than it already is. So I applaud the filmmaker for making smart decisions and knowing how to build-up tension properly and how to satisfyingly climax the events of the film. There's also this mystery about what happened in the pub that, supposedly according to Max, is causing all of this to happen. When the film begins Tom and Lucy are leaving the club. Tom tells Lucy that there was an incident where some guy spilled his beer and to avoid problems he bought the guy and his friends a round. You never actually see the incident, you only hear about it after the fact and it's implied that something more DID happen at the pub than Tom was letting on. But I really think this was just an issue of Max just playing with Lucy's mind in order to get her to blame Tom for what has happened rather than just being something planned out by a very disturbed man. It's very well possible that something did happen in the pub, but that's part of the film's lingering intrigue. Whether or not Tom was actually to blame for what happened which, in a way, he definitely was. The film is shot in a way that only maximizes the tension and intensity and the script is smart at subverting normal expectations for this type of film. As you can see, I really liked this movie. I'm tempted to give it 4 stars, and maybe I will, but I really liked this movie. I think I'll leave it at 3.5 for now, but know that the film is better than the flixster audience scores imply. The critics are right on this one, really good stuff here.
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