Anyone that loves horror movies as much as we do has had the dream of being scared in real life. It’s why so many people visit haunted houses and visit cemeteries as night to drink cheap beer and make out. In “Fear Inc.”, a company does just that, but are they serving up fake scares or real ones?
The movie features Lucas Neff of “Raising Hope” fame as Joe and Australian actress Caitlin Stasey, who was a force to be reckoned with in “All Cheerleaders Must Die”, as Lindsey; a couple who live a pretty opulent lifestyle thanks to her parents.
Joe has no job and spends all day drinking and laying the pool, but he’s also a horror buff. When the couple visit a haunted house, she’s scared, but he’s bored out of his mind. He wants to be really scared and that’s when Fear Inc. enters his life.
The first three quarters of the movie is good as you try and figure out is everything that is going on is part of the Fear Inc. experience or if Fear Inc is trying to kill everyone. The movie has a few twists that kept me guessing and for a horror fan like me that isn’t an easy task. Sadly, while most of the movie is a tour de force the final quarter is too predictable.
They can only use the same ruse a time or two before it loses its impact and the movie beats a dead horse far too many times.
The movie had a great cast with Neff, Stasey, Chris Marquette and cameos by Abigail Breslin and Leslie Jordan. I was skeptical of Neff at first after seeing as the goofy loser in “Raising Hope,” but he reverts to that character in this movie and plays it perfectly. Stasey is a wonderful actress, but she is relegated to the damsel in distress for most of the movie and she deserves better than that.
It isn’t until towards the end of the movie that her character gains a little more dimension, but even then, she’s far undervalued.
The movie has good special effects too. It helps to keep the illusion of is it supposed to be real or not. There are homages to some great horror movie deaths and it’s all packaged as part of the Fear Inc. experience.
If you’re a fan of fun horror movies, then reserve a couple hours on Saturday night for it. You won’t be disappointed.