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F.E.A.R. - Movie Review

F.E.A.R.

Fear is a movie where a moment’s hesitation costs lives.  This point is made immensely clear in the opening scene in which a young boy hesitates on offing what appears to be a very sick person.  He looks to his father for some fortitude and, in that moment, the infected person STRIKES!

"Fear is an edge of your seat zombiefied thriller that pushes all the right buttons"


We were warned.  In a title sequence which plays before the movie begins, it is expressed that some sort of infection has torn the country - and quite possibly the world - completely apart, turning family against family in this not-so brave new world.  There were curfews.  There were travel restrictions.  Nothing worked to cease the spread of the infection and now . . . 

. . . Hell has arrived and it looks a lot like us!

This is the grizzly world of Fear, a Devilworks Production, and the film fires on all cylinders to create an utterly atmospheric and tragic view of humanity’s last gasp of hope in the face of insurmountable odds as a pathogen rips through the very heart of mankind unleashing an almost unstoppable army of raging monsters.

What would you do to survive?  Forget Everything And Run?  Is that the F.E.A.R. you subscribe to?  Survival of this type of apocalypse means you distrust EVERYTHING and EVERYONE thanks to the wall that the government has built, denying that there are families trapped within it.  F.E.A.R.

Directed by Geoff Resiner and set in the desolate regions of Pacific Northwest, Fear is an edge of your seat zombiefied thriller that pushes all the right buttons even if it needs another pass with the dialogue in order to really work with its B-movie intentions.  

Topical and edgy in its set-up, Fear tells the story of one young family’s fight against a ragtag group of bandits and thieves who want only to deprive them of what brings them comfort in this new nightmare: their supplies.  It’s violent and well-acted, but the dialogue fails to carry the weight required to pull off this take on The Walking Dead meets A Quiet Place.  

The Allisters only have themselves in the bleakest of moments.  With a strong psychological angle in the fight against cannibalism and thieves, it’s not blood or noise which attracts the zombies.  It’s HATE!

Starring Marci Miller (Sinister Savior, Children of the Corn: Runaway) Jason Tobias (Downrange, The Competition, The Unravelling, Ocean’s Rising, Most Likely to Die, David and Goliath), Justin Dray (Boost, Ad Astra), Danny Druiz (Mighty Oak), and Cece Kelly (Big Freaking Rat, Through the Glass Darkly, Nation’s Fire), Fear is both brutal in sheer force and meditative when it needs to be, creating a balancing act that resonates long after the film fades out.

With no one to turn to and nowhere to go, trusting in your fellow man becomes a challenge.  And that’s where the suspense in this low budget thriller comes into play.  Memories become melodies that only a few can hear considering the bleakness of the situation, especially when a truce must be forged with some pretty heinous villains in order for the children in this wasteland to have a future.

New Entertainment will release Fear on digital and DVD June 15!

3/5 stars

 

Film Details

F.E.A.R.

MPAA Rating: Unrated.
Runtime:
101 mins
Director
: Geoff Reisner, Jason Tobias
Writer:
Jason Tobias
Cast:
Marci Miller, Jason Tobias, Danny Ruiz
Genre
: Horror | Action
Tagline:
They won't stay dead.
Memorable Movie Quote:
Distributor:
New Entertainment
Official Site:
Release Date:
June 15, 2021
DVD/Blu-ray Release Date:
August 20, 2019.
Synopsis: FEAR, directed by Geoff Resiner, is set in the desolate regions of Pacific Northwest where a young family faces a group of bandits who steal the last of their supplies; with time running out, they must form an alliance with the outlaws to protect their children.

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