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Director: Jamison M LoCascio
Writer: Jamison M LoCascio, Adam Ambrosio (Screenplay)
Starring: Amy Carlson, Mallory Bechtel, David Alan Basche, Meeya Davis, Jack DiFalco, David Johnson, Chase Bolnick
Plot: After the possession of his wife, Donald Capel and his family activate a dangerous ritual in a book used to identify and banish demons, a ritual forcing each member of the family to communicate with the demon in their own unique way: to see it, hear it, or speak to it.
Runtime: 1 Hour 17 Minutes
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Story: Know Fear starts when Wendy (Carlson) starts to get possessed by a demon, leaving her husband Donald (Basche) and her niece Jami (Bechtel) and nephew Charlie (DiFaclo) to try and help figure out what is going on. Jami does have her own show online, which will see her searching for the paranormal, making her the best expect in trying to get to the bottom of everything.
As the night unfolds the family finds themselves being haunted by Wendy and the demon that is possessing her, putting them through horrendous ordeals.
Thoughts on Know Fear
Characters & Performances – Wendy is the teacher that finds herself becoming possessed, she first starts acting strange before coming for her family and friends. Jami is the niece who has been hunting the paranormal for years with her web series, she starts to try and figure out what is happening in the house, as she looks to lead the attack o free her aunt. Donald is the husband that is trying to build a bonding with Charlie after they take the niece and nephew in, with Charlie being the nephew that doesn’t want too much to do with the new uncle. In these four characters, we get the four performances, which for the main part of solid enough for horror, as we see them needing to deal with the horrors through the film.
Story – The story here follows a woman that gets possessed in her new home, leading to the rest of her family needing to fight back against the demon that has taken over her body before they become victims of the evil actions. This is a story that runs into the possession world, with one family having to put aside their differences to figure out how to keep themselves together. The idea that the demon comes from the unknown and we end up having a paranormal amateur in the house does show us how thinking you know best isn’t the best idea. Everything does feel like it will unfold in the way you would imagine without getting too intense.
Themes – Know Fear is a horror film that will include the possession based ideas, which will mix with the haunted house, as the demon using the home to get under the skin of everyone. We might not get the best use of special effects, with most of the moments being left to our imagination.
Writer: R.C. Sherriff (Screenplay) H.G. Wells (Novel)
Starring: Claude Rains, Gloria Stuart, William Harrigan, Henry Travers, Una O’Connor, Forrester Harvey
Plot: A scientist finds a way of becoming invisible, but in doing so, he becomes murderously insane.
Tagline – H.G. Wells’ Fantastic Sensation
Runtime: 1 Hour 11 Minutes
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Story: The Invisible Man starts as the heavily bandaged man Dr Jack Griffin (Rains) stumbles through a snow storm to a tavern demanding a room to try and fix the problem he faces, the fact he is now invisible, which strikes fear into the tavern and town.
Dr Cranley (Travers) and Dr Kemp (Harrigan) are trying to figure out what happened to Jack, even though he has started to become insane with the side effects of becoming invisible, showing just how dangerous he has become.
Thoughts on The Invisible Man
Characters – Dr Jack Griffin has become invisible after performing an experiment on himself, he covers himself up not to scare people, making himself look like an injured man, as he tries to find a cure, only it makes him act crazier become a psycho that is willing to kill to escape. Flora is the partner of Jack’s who is trying to make sure he is safe, getting worried believing he will still having good in him. Dr Kemp is one of the scientists that gets caught up in the middle of trying to help Jack and being scared of what he could be, unlike Dr Cranley that knows more of the secrets of the substance he has been using.
Performances – Claude Rains is haunting and disturbing in the leading role, he shows how easily he can snap and how desperate he has been to fix himself. Elsewhere the cast are strong, most reacting to the action more than anything else.
Story – The story follows a man that has become invisible and is desperately trying to recover from his experiment, which has caused him to get more aggressive towards people in life, causing the locals to go in search for him to get stop him. This is an interesting story that shows how people will come together to solve a problem and will be left in fear of the unexplained. While the story might show a villainous figure, it would have been nice to see the science behind what caused what happened, only this might have been difficult to achieve for the time this was made. This is a story that does show hunting for what can’t be seen is interesting to see.
Horror/Sci-Fi – The horror comes from the shock value of seeing Jack without the bandages for the first time and just what he could get up to without being seen, while the sci-fi side of the film does show us just how the unexplained could become terrifying.
Settings – The film does use the settings to show how Jack can go into hiding, or where he could go for answers.
Special Effects – The effects are amazing for the time, when we see the unbandaging sequence it is truly shocking to see.
Scene of the Movie – Jack shows us beneath the bandages.
Final Thoughts – This is a true classic of cinema, bringing us one of the first horror icons in the genre in the 1930s and is a film you need to check out.
Overall: Horror Classic.