In Fear

Film4 Frightfest 2013


I wonder if in these times of austerity, if director Jeremy Lovering had a conversation with production company Big Talk that went something like this:

“Hey, so I have an idea for a horror movie that will be really cheap – it’s called In Fear
“Good title! So how’s it cheap?”
“Well, there’s only three cast members for a start!”
“Go on?”
“Well there’s Tom, who’s played by Iain De Caestecker, and Alice Englert as Lucy – they haven’t known each other long, and he’s trying to impress her with a posh night in a fancy hotel before they head to a music festival. Well of course they get lost, and they’re on unfamiliar roads as it gets dark…”
“Ah, so most of the film takes place in the car? I can see how it’s cheap, but won’t that be kind of boring?”
“There’s an element of mistrust with a possible altercation at the pub where they started their journey, and their lack of familiarity is brought to the fore. And then it starts to seem that there’s someone – or something – out there with them too…”
“Intriguing! How will you keep up tension?”
“There’s the great trick – I’m not telling the actors about the plot in advance, and the script is secret for each of them so their emotions are going to be real”
“Careful, you’re going to be directing the first episode of the new series of Sherlock, you don’t need to be giving The Moff ideas for secrecy!”
“Sound plays a big part too, this is really a film about building atmosphere. You won’t realise it’s cheap when you see it”
“On the flipside, because its so psychologically focussed it’s probably the kind of film you have to be in the right mood to appreciate so to speak.”
“Agreed, but there’s alot to appreciate when you are”

It’s not quite the masterclass that the mainstream press have described it, but it’s a solid watch and bodes well for Lovering going in to Sherlock ***

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