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article imageReview: Sinister Cinema invites you to live ‘In Fear’ Special

By Sarah Gopaul     Mar 11, 2014 in Entertainment
'In Fear’ follows a couple on one of their first dates, which turns into a nightmare when they become lost in the remote Irish countryside.
Some of the most terrifying horror movies do not focus on supernatural monsters killing innocent victims. Some of the scariest films are about people stalking and frightening other people for their pleasure (see The Strangers). In Fear takes the thriller out of the home and into a car, which is probably one of the most vulnerable places that people spend most of their time.
Tom (Iain De Caestecker) and Lucy (Alice Englert) have decided to spend their second date camping at a music festival. But hoping to further capture Lucy's affections, Tom has booked a surprise one-night stay at a hotel along the way. Brushing off a minor altercation at a local pub, they head to their romantic evening. But the map is useless and the signs are contradictory, causing them to quickly become lost in a maze of dark, narrow roads. And then Lucy spots the man in a white mask.
Anyone who has ever become lost in an unfamiliar city or isolated area knows the frustration that turns to anger and sometimes panic. These feelings are amplified as the day grows into night and accentuated when your companion isn't a trusted loved one. Is there someone following you? Is it safe to ask for directions? Is someone watching you? This film expertly preys on these fears, even if not in the least predictable of manners.
It slowly becomes evident someone is deliberately messing with the couple. But with no way out, the fear is allowed to nestle in next to the characters and the audience. Even identifying the perpetrator doesn't relieve the tension because knowing what crazy looks like doesn't make it less sadistic. And to make it just a tad creepier, Tom and Lucy don't appear to be the stupidest couple given the situation.
The ending is a bit of a roller coaster, both emotionally and based on quality. Filmmakers take their foot off the gas pedal for a moment only to throw a wrench in the engine that turns the whole thing upside down. This surprising turn of events makes the rest of the picture worth the trip. Then it delivers an ending that makes little sense and feels like somewhat of a cop out to put a bow on the final minutes.
Still, a perfect selection for the Sinister Cinema series, this movie exemplifies the series' title.
Director: Jeremy Lovering
Starring: Iain De Caestecker, Alice Englert and Allen Leech
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