Runtime: 85 minutes
Jeremy Lovering's directorial debut, In Fear, is a British horror/thriller set in the countryside of Northern Ireland. A young couple, Tom and Lucy, have only been together for two weeks. They are on their way to join some friends at a music festival when Tom announces he has booked a hotel for the night as a surprise. Things start to go wrong on their way to the hotel as they get lost, and strange things start to happen.
Lucy, played by Alice Englert (better known to me from Beautiful Creatures, and also starred in Ginger & Rosa) was excellent in this movie. I found her presence to be entertaining, in that she managed to execute each scene perfectly. In an interview with The Telegraph, Englert admitted that filming the scenes for In Fear left her feeling a little distraught. She was quoted as saying "When the director said “cut” I started sobbing and sobbing and sobbing,’ Englert says. ‘It got a little bit too real. I was so distraught."
Tom, played by Iain De Caestecker (Known for Coronation Street and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D) also put on a convincing performance as the male protagonist. He didn't stand out as much as Englert, I felt she really stole the movie to be fair.
Allen Leech (since appearing in In Fear, he has been in The Imitation Game and Downton Abbey) played Max, the movie's antagonist. Leech only came into the movie about half way through it, but his character portrayal was amazing. He gave the impression that he really was a deranged psychopath. Hats off to Leech for this movie.
The first half of the movie, is excellent. The low budget isn't an issue at all, as most of it is set on rural country roads. The ending had so much potential, but didn't cut the mustard for me. I felt like I was left without a definitive answer as to 'why'. Anyone that knows me and my movie tastes will know that I either need the ending to be hidden, so I have to go back and look for it or completely obvious to see. I have no time for movies that don't seem to come together with some sort of explanation. Apart from that fact, it was a relatively good movie.