Saturday, March 15, 2014

In Fear

Generally speaking I'm frequently disappointed by most American horror films because they all too often rely on cheap scares to make us jump.  Anyone can jump out of nowhere and yell 'BOO' and frighten someone, but that doesn't make it worth watching in film.  But foreign horror films are often better, at least in my opinion.  They're scarier because they work on building and sustaining the tension that keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole movie, and not just by leading music cues and shrill sound effects.  'In Fear' is an effective British horror film about a new couple en route to a secluded hotel for a romantic evening.  It's pretty low concept and contained, as the majority of the film takes place with just the two of them in the car, as they get lost and increasingly panicked.  The script isn't all that creative and the ending isn't all that satisfying, and yet the sustained tension and the quality of the small cast still makes it one of the better horror films I've seen of late.  If only we could get a do-over of the final act ...

'In Fear' is now available to watch in the comfort of home on Video on Demand.

Grade: B+

Who is this movie for?  Those, like me, who prefer foreign low budget, low concept, high tension horror rather than all those American haunted house/demonic possession/found footage films.

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