Okay, so we’ve all had a nightmare first date, or a difficult car journey with our so-called better half. Luckily most of us can attribute these awful situations to awkwardness, bickering and poor map reading. Sadly that’s not the case for new couple Tom and Lucy in Jeremy Lovering’s chilling feature debut, In Fear.

The lead characters, played by Iain De Caestecker and Alice Englert, set off in the car for a long journey to a music festival together just two weeks into their relationship. Tom surprises Lucy with a hotel room booked for the night- he presumably wants to cement their two week anniversary with some romance in a room rather than a tent. Pretty cheeky of Tom if you ask me.

As the hours wear on the pair find themselves driving in circles bemused by contradicting hotel signs. The pair naturally begin to bicker and things get tense as the night draws in. Soon the shadows of the forest begin to propagate irrational fears. Or are they irrational? It seems the forest is not a deserted as our lovebirds originally thought.

In Fear quickly descends into a thrilling game of cat and mouse, which keeps momentum and tension thanks to the epic score and claustrophobic setting of the car down the winding rural roads. It genuinely kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish – however there was one issue that dragged the film down considerably.

Our leading couple, although very sweet, were a pair of affable nitwits. They make so many ridiculous decisions, which probably contributed to the sticky situations that they got into. This is a typical technique in horror but unfortunately it’s a little misguided here.

They make simply too many mistakes for it to be believable. From leaving the car, to running out of petrol, taking a pee in the pitch black, to losing the keys. For every moment of suspense, there is a moment which easily could have been avoided and was too obviously placed in for effect.

A plus point is the amazing use of natural sound and score- it really adds to the suspense that builds throughout. There are enough bloody moments, cat and mouse style chases and manic laughter from the potential killer for In Fear to produce some real tense scenes and scares. However, the silly decisions that our protagonists make sometimes detracts from the action. If I can figure how to outsmart the baddie I find it hard to have any sympathy for the couple being stalked on screen.

VERDICT: [rating=3]

About The Author

Emily Stockham

Emily is from South London and has a degree in English Literature. Emily is a marketing assistant who writes about films and music in her spare time. Horror and grindhouse are her thing - although she will happily watch anything if it means a trip to the cinema.