Thursday, March 13, 2014

In Fear (2013)

Director: Jeremy Lovering. Cast: Iain De Caestecker, Alice Englert, Allen Leech. 85 min. Rated R. UK. Thriller.

A young couple drive on a first date looking for an obscure "paradise" hotel, and get lost in a maze of roads. Similar to Buried, this is an exercise in creating a horror/thriller in a confined space; this time predominantly happening in a car. But the motivations of the stalkers (and "stalkees") are vague till the very end. This may have been an intentional gimmick to create an unknown, suspenseful atmosphere, but having so many loose ends without a sense of closure (including quasi-metaphysical moments like the girl's hair pulled from outside the car), leads to an unsatisfactory conclusion.

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