Steve's Review of the Short Film "Fear"
At the start of the movie we are not sure what is going on. We are watching the woman played by Jessie Rabideau get ready for a bath. Then does she hear something? Is there somebody there? Is her “love” home? Is it just the dog? Or is there something evil out to get her? These are the questions we ask ourselves while watching the movie.
The movie is skillfully made keeping us in the dark and in suspense. It uses familiar clichés from horror movies to keep you off balance. There are elements of home invasion movies, paranormal movies, and some Hitchcockian vibes too. At some point you begin to think this is just becoming a spoof of horror movies but you are never sure. At the end we are left wondering if it is all in her head.
I will admit I had to watch the movie a couple of times to get some of the details and I feel after each time I watch it I see something new. The visuals and sound really get you in to head. Jessie Rabideau does a great job a portraying the fear with her eyes and expressions. The dialogue did feel a little off. At one point she is yelling at the phone for some unexplained reason. When she starts yelling for her “love” and “baby” it borders on the silly side.
Overall I am still trying to figure out the ending and certain parts didn't make sense to me. I love the eeriness of the movie and the psychological downward spiral that the woman enters. But at the end I do like my movies with a bit more plot.
I hope this movie gets played at some more film festivals and more people can see it. I think it will cause some interesting discussions and that out of everything is an important part of movie watching.