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In Fear (2013)

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Driving to a music festival in Ireland, a new couple become lost and are then set upon by a tormentor with an unknown motive.

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Jeremy Lovering

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Jeremy Lovering (story by), Jon Croker (story consultant)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Iain De Caestecker ... Tom
Alice Englert ... Lucy
Allen Leech ... Max
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Tom and Lucy are both happy young adults eager to set out on their first weekend getaway as a couple. They set off for a planned stay at a remote hotel but quickly find themselves getting lost in a maze of backwoods roads. However they soon discover that they are at the mercies of an unknown tormentor that is eager to take advantage of their vulnerability and distance from civilization. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for some disturbing violent content and terror, and for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 November 2013 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Korku Yolu See more »

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$274,660
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Big Talk Productions See more »
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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The speed limit sign is missing its km/h, which means if it's Ireland it must be Northern Ireland. However the 'local' man, Max, has a Dublin accent. See more »

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Conversation with Death
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A lot of potential
22 March 2014 | by eonbluedan-1See all my reviews

Bringing together elements of, and to varying degrees echoing film such as 'The Blair Witch Project', 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre' and the fairly recent British nasties 'Kill List' and 'Eden Lake', director Jeremy Lovering brings us a tale of two people in an early days relationship getting lost in the woods. Relatively speaking, they are stranger to one another as well as to us, and one feels that in another writer/director's hands, this fact could have become more pertinent than it actually does here, which is a shame.

They are on their way to a music festival and are trying to find a hotel they are booked in at. Seems straightforward enough, right? Of course things don't go as planned; they find themselves driving in circles with no hotel to be seen. Next thing confusion and concern set in; as dusk draws close, the weather worsens, their fuel runs low, their map proves inaccurate, and the country roads they drive all begin to look the same, we are invited to feel the very real fear most of us can relate to, and it must be said in this at least, the film proves extremely effective. Indeed, the first hour or so of 'In Fear' had me gripped and actually feeling something I don't often have the pleasure of when watching a horror/thriller on my own: Genuinely spooked. The performances are reasonable and the tension nicely handled; Lovering's ability to generate palpable horror from a simple scenario and drag it out for quite so long IS impressive.

It is a shame, then, that when the time comes for the film to play its hand a little more, the tension is released and we enter a world of silliness; the reasoning for the situation arising in the first place and its justification seem flimsy. Shattered is the hope that we were going to be dealing with loftier themes of existential fear and relationships, or even something more down to earth and rooted in an important social element, ala 'Eden Lake'; the last twenty minutes takes a direction a lot more simple and I daresay boring, given the promise of the previous acts.

This guy will make a better film than this in future, but for now, this is a reasonable shot at something compelling, even if it falters in the last act. Worth a watch for the promise it makes with its fist hour.


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