- RELEASE DATE: Available on VOD October 21st (Click Here to Purchase a Copy)
- WRITTEN BY: Luke Barnett
- DIRECTED BY: Vincent Masciale
- STARRING: Lucas Neff, Caitlin Stasey, Chris Marquette
Horror flicks with an emphasis on laughs in place of lacerations are a mixed bag for your’s cruelly. Oft times the makers of these things concentrate too much on one aspect or the other instead of trying to achieve some sort of harmonious balance between side splitting and head splitting. Let’s see if the fine fiends behind FEAR INC. have what it takes to deliver the guffaws and the ghoulish goods!
FEAR INC. tells the tale of a pair of horror junkies (and their significant others) who are always looking for the next big scary thrill to no avail. Enter Fear Inc.; a company that offers to bring your greatest fear to life; for a price. As various and sundry weird occurrences befall our gang o’ goofs things begin to look a little unclear as to if this is all part of the “experience” or if Fear Inc. is indeed staffed my murderous psychos. Laughs ensue.
First of all; FEAR INC. is an enjoyable lil’ fright flick. The cast is very solid (with the rapport between leads Lucas Neff and Chris Marquette being exceptionally strong). Another area where this flick excels is in actually achieving that near mythical balance between the laughs and scares mentioned above. The story starts off light with banter and hijinks, and quickly turns grizzly once Fear Inc. are called (though as the gory goings-on ensue there are still some zingers present).
On the negative side of things; the fact that this flick never really settles on a tone might be a bit off- putting to some. It starts as a comedy, dove-tails into horror, and ends up as a twisty/turny thriller, with clear delineation between the various elements. Additionally, there is a slight case of the “drags” that befall the last twenty or so minutes of the run-time; but it picks back up with a great ending.
All in all, FEAR INC. is a fun time in the horror biz; and comes recommended to those that dig on SCREAM or CABIN IN THE WOODS; it’s full of genuine laughs and scares (and fully loaded with references that fans of our beloved genre will doubtless appreciate). I say give it a try; I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised!