Film Review: In Fear

In Fear

Jeremy Lovering’s In Fear is an atmospheric and absorbing horror-thriller. A fantastic debut from the writer-director.

Tom invites Lucy, a girl he has been seeing for two weeks, along to a music festival in Ireland. Before they get to the venue, Tom has booked a hotel for the evening. The couple set out to find their way to the hotel…

In Fear works successfully as a horror film as it is able to maintain tension for its duration. The film generates atmosphere thanks to the setting, sound and Lovering’s direction.

The film functions effectively to hold the viewer’s interest. In Fear sets up the narrative so that it is difficult to tell where the film will go. There is a sense of menace from early in the film, but Lovering keeps the audience guessing as to the threat.

The shoestring budget works to In Fear‘s favour. The minimal settings add to the sense of claustrophobia that builds as the film progresses. Part of In Fear‘s success is the fact that it effectively marries the feeling of claustrophobia with that of isolation. The dynamic between these two fears is exploited to a good degree.

The final act of the film marks a step up in momentum. The film does well to balance atmosphere with more action-heavy sequences than previously depicted. The finale of the film is fitting given the themes played with up until this point.

Jeremy Lovering direction works well to situate the audience with the protagonist. There are plenty of close ups, which do not allow viewers to escape the situation. Similarly, the sound succeeds in generating the unnerving atmosphere. Performances from Iain De Caestecker and Alice Englert are great. Both appear incredibly authentic in their growing frustration and fear.

In Fear is a finely executed film. It will be interesting to see what Jeremy Lovering does next.

In Fear is in UK cinemas from Friday 15th November 2013.

Stuff To Look At

The post in which I wax lyrical about new movie trailers. And inform you of the films set for release this summer. And get annoyed when I find out film characters share my name. The audacity…

Summer of Cinema 2013

Two weeks ago I went to the launch of ‘Summer of Cinema 2013’ to hear about upcoming releases and enjoy a mini burger (I love miniature food). There is lots to see this summer, from the big blockbusters (Man of Steel, Star Trek Into Darkness) to films by Robert Redford and Sofia Coppola. Check out the compilation above.

Epic

Epic has a rather impressive cast voicing its characters. Among others, Colin Farrell, Amanda Seyfried and Christoph Waltz lend their voices. Beyonce voices a character called ‘Princess Tara’. Contrary to popular belief, this is not actually by nickname. Although I am not happy about the use of my name, I will reserve judgement until I see how this character plays out. Epic is released is UK cinemas on 22nd May 2013.

Much Ado About Nothing

A departure from vampires and superheroes, Joss Whedon directs a contemporary update of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. Shot in twelve days and starring some of Whedon’s previous collaborators, the film is a far cry from the filmmaker’s recent output. I am looking forward to this foray into Shakespeare; it will be interesting to see if Whedon can handle it as well as he does big-budget comic book fare. Much Ado About Nothing is released on 14th June 2013.

The Seasoning House

Well, The Seasoning House is certainly not about the abode of spices. This revenge thriller looks pretty brutal. The Seasoning House is the directorial debut of special effects designer Paul Hyett. The film is out in cinemas on 21st June 2013.

In Fear

This trailer is almost haunting. It’s definitely the music. In Fear is a British horror film starring Alice Englert. It looks like a warning never ever to go on a car journey, and not just because they make you feel a bit queasy. Perhaps this is just me. In Fear is due for release in Autumn 2013.

Byzantium

Neil Jordan knows vampires. That’s why I am looking forward to Byzantium, unlike some other recent vampire flicks *cough Twilight cough*. Starring Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan, Byzantium is released in UK cinemas on 31st May 2013.

Thor: The Dark World

For the first minute-plus of this trailer I must have been in the majority of people thinking ‘yeah, but where the hell is Loki? I know Tom Hiddleston is in this film’. Looking rather bedraggled, Avenger Assemble‘s fantastic antagonist finally makes an appearance. Thor: The Dark World hits the big screen in the UK on 30th October 2013.