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COLUMN: Aaron’s Backstage Pass: In Fear Blu-ray Review

Created: 03/19/2014 4:24 PM KSTP.com
By: Aaron Chalich

I have seen many horror films and one of the scenarios that I have always found pretty terrifying is one where someone is being terrorized by another person in a setting that they do not have any control over.

The reason I find it so scary is that the people usually are in an area they are not familiar with and are trapped with nowhere to really go.  Plus the killer usually has some sort of advantage over the people he is terrorizing.

This past weekend I got the chance to watch Anchor Bay Films’ “In Fear” on Blu-ray, and I thought it was a great thriller.

“In Fear” was written and directed by Jeremy Lovering and stars Iain De Caestecker (ABC’s hit series “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D”), Alice Englert (“Beautiful Creatures”) and Allen Leech (“Downtown Abby”).

“In Fear” takes place in England and is about a boyfriend (Iain De Caestecker) and girlfriend (Alice Englert) who are on their way to a music festival, and along the way, they stop at a pub to use the restroom.  Something happens and the pub between Tom and the locals in the bar, and they leave quickly.  Down the road, Tom reveals that he has booked a room at a hotel for the night and that they will have to follow someone to the location of the hotel.  When they get to their location, they discover a gate that is heavily chained.  Tom removes the chain, and they go down a very narrow dirt road into the woods.  They soon approach a fork in the road with a sign with an arrow point to the path they need to take to the hotel.  They go down the path and end up driving around and around in a maze.  It isn’t long before someone starts terrorizing them.  Tom and Lucy are lost and cannot find their way out of the maze.  Now they must try and figure out how to get out of the maze and to get away from the person or people that are terrorizing them.

I really thought “In Fear” was a very intense and thrilling film.  There are so many things that happen to Tom and Lucy that you keep thinking to yourself who is doing this, and are they going to get out of there.

I really thought that it was great that there were only three people in the film, and it worked.  It really proves that you do not need a huge cast to make a great horror film.

There is one special feature on the Blu-ray called ”In Fear: Behind the Scenes.”  This is very entertaining because there are interviews with the director and cast of the film.  Do not watch this before you watch “In Fear,” because the ending is revealed at the beginning of the special feature.

I really enjoyed Anchor Bay Film’s “In Fear” a lot.  It was a very creepy and intense horror film that will keep you on the edge of your seat.  I thought that the story was pretty clever and terrifying.  If you are a fan of horror films, I would highly recommend that you check out “In Fear.

“In Fear” is rated “R” for some disturbing violent content and terror, and language.

Aaron Chalich is a KSTP.com entertainment columnist.


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