In Fear Trailer Drives Alice Englert Into The Woods For Paranoid Terror

By Nick Venable 2014-01-28 15:14:11discussion comments
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Someone should come up with a map app that alerts users when theyíre turning down a dark and winding road, so that they may turn around and avoid any potential murderers lurking around in the area. Tom (Iain De Caestecker) and Lucy (Alice Englert) arenít lucky enough to have this fictional tech, so their night drive in the upcoming thriller In Fear is full of gut-wrenching terror and desperation. At least, thatís whatís implied by the filmís debut trailer, and though these kinds of movies are a dime a dozen, few of them have been half as tense as this preview looks.

The low-budget In Fearís deceivingly simplistic plotline follows the young couple as they lose their way out in the middle of back roads and overgrown trees, presumably falling right into the hands of a character named Max, played by Downton Abbeyís Allen Leech. But is it really just some random maniac, or are they being targeted for a specific purpose?

I like that the trailer, via Yahoo! Movies, keeps it ambiguous and doesnít even really show us the big bad guy at all, choosing instead to focus on the couple and their rapidly increasing sense of discomfort and fear. A movie like this usually highlights a distinctive villain for the more sadistic viewers to root for, but British director Jeremy Lovering looks like he took a page out of the creature-feature manual, waiting until just the right moment to reveal what everyone has been waiting to see.

That adds to my assumption that this wonít be an incidental game of cat and mice. The trailer keeps the paranoia intact in the way Tom and Lucy talk to each other and the words they use, especially when she says, "I couldnít see his face." Either she will end up having a personal tie to the vicious trickster, or he will indeed be missing his entire face. Either way, Iím on board.

This is Loveringís first film, having spent many years behind the camera for British TV series and miniseries, most recently the third season premiere of the hit drama Sherlock. Thereís something about filmmakers in the U.K. that gives them a leg up when approaching stereotypical horror stories, with James Watkinsí surprisingly intense 2008 thriller Eden Lake serving as one of many examples. While keeping a film focused on only two characters could easily get derailed by a wheel-spinning second act, In Fear teases enough mysterious circumstances that will hopefully fill out its 85-minute runtime with barely enough room to breathe, much less scream.

While U.K. audiences have had since November to catch this flick, U.S. audiences will have to wait for its limited theatrical run starting March 7. But if you can wait four days, or if you donít happen to live in any big cities, you can pick up the DVD and Blu-ray on March 11. You probably donít want to buy it from that one electronics store thatís hidden out in the middle of the woods.
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