Director: Robert Hall
Writer: Aaron Drane, Robert Hall (Screenplay)
Starring: Thomas Dekker, Robert Englund, Cleopatra Coleman, Kevin Gage, Felisha Terrell, Fiona Dourif, Brandon Beemer, Corey Taylor
Plot: A doctor works to cure patients suffering from crippling phobias by placing them inside his invention which induces and controls hallucinations.
There may be spoilers the rest of the review
Verdict: What’s Your Fear
Story: Fear Clinic starts by Dr Andover (Englund) talking about fears and how he has come up with a cure to people’s fears. We learn that after he got endless praise for his work we hear that something went wrong with his ideas. Move to a diner where a lone gun man bursts in on a killing spree which is just part of the experiment that the girl gets lost in.
Moving forward a whole year we meet Sara (Dourif) who is student that during a blackout has her own nightmare about the gun man. Sara goes to the fear clinic in search for answers or a treatment for her fears from Dr Andover. With Andover not the same man it appears certain patients are having relapses and one of the patients died. Andover is full of regret for what happened to Paige and is very reluctant to let anyone use the chamber again. This doesn’t stop Osborn (Terrell) going behind his back to set up the chamber to try and save another sick patient.
Andover learns that what he had been working on has bought something back and created a substance that pushes people to reach newer more intense levels of fear. The third patient Blake (Dekker) gets bought in we learn that his fear is to do a real incident. Andover finally gives the machine another chance and the first patient is Blake, while things don’t go bad they don’t get any real answers. Each member of the study was all part of a restaurant shooting and each member is trying to get over the fear that has been created from the situation. A force is trying to get through to the real world by using the fears created by these people and the chamber Andover created.
Fear Clinic takes us into a world where we see the characters already taken over by their fears but for now controlling them. We get to see how one event could change lives forever and how the affects will scar them for life. We also end up having to see how messing with science could lead people into trouble especially where no one thinks about side effects. The story follows the characters with all of these mixing together as they must learn to control the fear rather than run from it because we see fear take control and become real. The films uses psychological horror to get the most part over and though the jumps are easy you will be thinking about what happens for a while. (7/10)
Thomas Dekker: Blake a gunshot victim who was part of the clinic but this time he has started to improve after going into the chamber. Thomas does a solid job but spends half his screen time not in a working state but his character does hold some secrets. (6/10)
Robert Englund: Dr Andover genius scientist who at one time was at once the leading name in scientific research but after his tests go wrong things take a turn for the worse, but this is his chance to redeem himself by saving these people. Robert does a solid job in a role that was going to gather the horror fans. (7/10)
Fiona Dourif: Sara our heroine who is trying to get answers and seems to be the connection between everyone while she is trying to cure her own fear. Fiona continues to look like she might be a star of bigger and better things with this performance. (7/10)
Support Cast: Fear Clinic has a supporting cast that includes patients, doctors and nurses who all help the story continue as most of them are who get affects most by whatever it is that is after them.
Director Review: Robert Hall – Robert does a solid job creating a horror that makes you think. (7/10)
Horror: Fear Clinic uses psychological horror making you think about what is happening with a couple of attempted jump scares. (7/10)
Settings: Fear Clinic uses the setting of the clinic well putting our characters trapped and isolated. (8/10)
Special Effects: Fear Clinic uses solid special effects especially with the twisted creature creation. (7/10)
Suggestion: Fear Clinic is one for the horror fans to give a go to I think they will enjoy the way this film unfolds. (Horror Fans Watch)
Best Part: The chamber secrets.
Worst Part: I think a few too many things to ask about.
Believability: No (0/10)
Chances of Tears: No (0/10)
Chances of Sequel: No
Post Credits Scene: No
Oscar Chances: No
Budget: $1 Million
Runtime: 1 Hour 35 Minutes
Trivia: Corey Taylor’s first film role
Overall: Fear Clinic isn’t the scariest of horror films out there but it will make you think so if you like that idea for horror you will like this.