In Fear

In Fear

In Fear

Psychological horror following a young couple fighting to survive one night-turned-nightmare when they realise - while lost en route to a music festival in Ireland - that someone or something in the encroaching woods is out to get them. Billed as "home invasion, but in a car".

"Driving to a music festival, Tom and Lucy have plans to stay at a countryside hotel. But with hotel signs leading them in circles and darkness falling, they soon become lost in a maze of country roads… and the target of an unknown tormentor. Reminiscent of vintage psychological thrillers and bolstered by newcomers Iain De Caestecker and Alice Englert in its main roles, In Fear plays out in real time... Looking to shed pretense and genuinely scare his actors, [writer-director Jeremy] Lovering withheld the script and often concealed what was about to happen to the characters. Add a dark forest, and the fear became real." (Sundance Film Festival)

2013Rating: MA15+85 minsUK
HorrorThriller
Director:
Jeremy Lovering (TV's 'Spooks', 'Killing Hitler', 'Miss Austen Regrets')
Writer:
Jeremy Lovering
Cast:
Alice EnglertIain De CaesteckerAllen Leech
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Reviews & comments

In Fear

Disturbing, suspenseful and surprisingly compelling. In Fear is solidly casted and has impeccable sound design. Some of the camera work is technically impressive and the story has a satisfying amount of depth.

Variety

Variety

press

Paranoia aplenty in this sharp-looking Sundance midnight movie, making it hard to imagine another director getting anywhere near this much mileage out of three actors and a car.

Total Film

Total Film

press

A taut, chilling little horror-thriller making maximum use of minimal resources to tap into our primal fears of the unknown.

4.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Rarely have so few commonplace ingredients produced so many uncommon chills.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Lets its increasingly rattled characters stew for as long as possible before gradually revealing its hand, improvisation adding to the credibility of the couple's unravelling behaviour.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

A smart, disturbing exercise in anxiety.

3.0
The Dissolve

The Dissolve

press

As an exercise in stomach-knotting, In Fear is mildly successful.

2.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A compact, effective thriller.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

It may be contrived and nothing new plot-wise, but has atmosphere and enough proper scares to deliver on the promise of its title.

3.0
Variety

Variety

press

Paranoia aplenty in this sharp-looking Sundance midnight movie, making it hard to imagine another director getting anywhere near this much mileage out of three actors and a car.

Total Film

Total Film

press

A taut, chilling little horror-thriller making maximum use of minimal resources to tap into our primal fears of the unknown.

4.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Rarely have so few commonplace ingredients produced so many uncommon chills.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Lets its increasingly rattled characters stew for as long as possible before gradually revealing its hand, improvisation adding to the credibility of the couple's unravelling behaviour.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

A smart, disturbing exercise in anxiety.

3.0
The Dissolve

The Dissolve

press

As an exercise in stomach-knotting, In Fear is mildly successful.

2.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A compact, effective thriller.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

It may be contrived and nothing new plot-wise, but has atmosphere and enough proper scares to deliver on the promise of its title.

3.0

In Fear

Disturbing, suspenseful and surprisingly compelling. In Fear is solidly casted and has impeccable sound design. Some of the camera work is technically impressive and the story has a satisfying amount of depth.