Cast:Anne Heche, James Tupper, Willa Holland, Rafi Gavron, Jennifer Stone, Clancy Brown, Ethan Peck, Rebekah Brandes
Produced by legendary guitarist Slash via his newly-created Slasher Films production outfit, Nothing Left to Fear is a fairly mediocre effort that suffers from major pacing issues on top of borrowing ideas from several other flicks. The story basically follows a young Pastor and his family as they move into a small nowheresville town with an ominous secret. Of course the town's true reasons for needing a new Pastor isn't revealed until an hour in, which is where the pacing FINALLY picks up. Apparently human sacrifices need to be made to appease some sort of evil that resides within the town and what better way than to use outsiders, right?
The movie suffers from some major pacing issues in the first hour as we witness the family try to fit into the town as best they can. We're given a couple cliched "scary" dream segments to remind us that we're still watching a horror movie, but aside from that the family remains pretty oblivious to what's really going on. Once the hour mark hits the pacing picks up and the girl from The Ring (or a more teenage version of her) makes a cameo appearance as the demon that the town unleashes onto the family.
The production values and acting (for the most part) weren't bad, however, the young male lead offered the most wooden and uninteresting performance I've seen in quite a while. Anne Heche is also in the flick as the mom and serves no purpose other than to smile and act clueless among the rest of the family. Her role could've literally been played by anyone, especially since she's rarely in it to begin with. The climax involving the leads trying to escape the demon as it chases them through the town is actually pretty decent and probably the only part worth even noting, while everything else was rather bland.
I liked the ending itself, despite its cheesiness, but sadly there's not enough to redeem itself from the mediocre first hour. Although Slash's first venture into the genre isn't a good one, he seems to have his heart in the right place, so I'm hoping his future efforts have a little more creativity behind them.
The first hour of Nothing Left to Fear is a pretty uninspired genre effort, serving the standard cliches and stereotypes. The last 30-or-so minutes is where things really pick up, but it just wasn't enough to redeem itself from all its earlier faults. In the end it's not an entirely bad movie, but it's not a good one either.
|Posted on October 18, 2013 - 10:05pm | FrighT MasteR|