Film review: In Fear - slickly made but too abstract for its own good

Jeremy Lovering, 85 mins Starring: Iain De Caestecker, Alice Englert (15)

Geoffrey Macnab
Thursday 14 November 2013 22:00

Jeremy Lovering's debut is largely set inside the car in which a young couple (Iain De Caestecker and Alice Englert) drive around the remote Irish countryside.

They're lost, with an unknown tormentor preying on them as night falls. The film-makers use music and sound to crank up the tension. The terror lies in the details – a door slamming, a sudden tug on a character's hair, a spectral figure.

In Fear is a slickly made, impressively pared-down horror/thriller but is too abstract for its own good – it is hard to feel any great emotional identification (or fear) for characters who so sketchily written.

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