Driving, lost and tormented in the night, primal fears of the dark and the unknown give way to fear that you have let the evil in, or that it is already there.
The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival 2013 in the Park City at Midnight section. In Fear also screened as part of Frightfest 2013 (link) and was released in the UK on 15th November. The film gained Jeremy Lovering a BIFA nomination for the Douglas Hickox Award for Directorial Debut. It will be released in the US in cinemas on 7th March 2014.
From John Nein – Senior Programmer, Sundance Film Festival.
“In Jeremy Lovering’s chilling debut, a young couple fights to survive one night-turned-nightmare. Driving to a music festival, Tom and Lucy have plans to stay at a countryside hotel. But with hotel signs leading them in circles and darkness falling, they soon become lost in a maze of country roads… and the target of an unknown tormentor.
Reminiscent of vintage psychological thrillers and bolstered by newcomers Iain De Caestecker and Alice Englert in its main roles, In Fear plays out in real time and hinges on a claustrophobic, unrelentingly tense visual style. Looking to shed pretense and genuinely scare his actors, Lovering withheld the script and often concealed what was about to happen to them. Add a dark forest, and the fear became real.
Though propelled by visceral thrills, the film transcends genre and offers a study in fear itself, creating a cerebral fable in which fear – of the dark, of the unknown, of ourselves – governs our nature, compels our choices, and may well seal Tom and Lucy’s fate.”
A Big Talk Pictures production.
Cast: Iain De Caestecker, Alice Englert & Allen Leech
Director: Jeremy Lovering
Producers: Nira Park, James Biddle
Executive Producers: Matthew Justice, Danny Perkins, Jenny Borgars and Katherine Butler
Shooting took place in Cornwall in the Autumn of 2011.