Writer: Luke Barnett (Screenplay)
Starring: Lucas Neff, Caitlin Stasey, Chris Marquette, Stephanie Drake, Mark Moses, Abigail Breslin
Plot: A horror junkie and his friends sign up with a company that brings their customer’s greatest fears to life.
Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes
There may be spoilers the rest of the review
Verdict: Terrible Horror
Story: Fear, Inc starts as we meet our stoner slacker Joe (Neff) who lives with his hard-working girlfriend Lindsey (Stasey) (I have no idea how they are a couple), while trying to find a haunted house event to create scares Joe receives a card from a mysterious man claiming to give him the best experience in fear.
Joined by friends Ben (Marquette) and Ashleigh (Drake) for a Halloween get together with drinks and drugs, Joe unleashes a call, which brings their biggest fears to life.
Thoughts on Fear, Inc.
Characters – Joe is a stoner that has been promising to find a new job while living off his girlfriend, he loves horror movies and is looking for real fear from a horror event, which leads him to make the mistake to call Fear, Inc, this is easily one of the most unlikeable characters I have ever seen in the leading role in horror. Lindsey is his girlfriend, she seems to have a successful job which we never learn and has been putting up with Joe’s problems, the two have no chemistry and seem like complete opposites. Ben is the best friend that gives the warning to Joe about what will happen if they get involved with the game.
Performances – Lucas Neff in the leading role gives us one of the most annoying characters I have seen in horror. Caitlin Stasey is usually a good actress to watch, but in this film, it just doesn’t connect with what we are meant to see from them. Chris Martquette is solid enough in this role without doing anything truly memorable.
Story – The story here follows one man that wants to experience fear in this life and decides to get involved with a shady company promising to give him an experience unlike anything he has had before, how far will they go to get the scare? This is the question asked in this movie which doesn’t reach the potential it could as the led is the most unlikeable character you will see in horror, he makes everything out to be a joke never making us believe anything that is going on, even with the film having a great twist which should save it.
Comedy/Horror – The film tries to give us moments of comedy to mix with the horror, but the horror doesn’t hit the peril feeling moments you need from what could be going on.
Settings – The film tries to keep us around the house which clearly looks out priced for the couple involved, once we escape the house the film does become more interesting.
Special Effects – The effects in the film are good for what is created and could easily be the only highlight of the film.
Final Thoughts – This is a horror comedy that fails to deliver on the levels it needs to, making us not care about the characters in this situation.
Overall: Terrible and boring.