I had the pleasure of meeting actor Robert Englund a couple of years ago, and I have to say, he is a real class act. Aside from being a brilliant actor and a horror icon, he is a heck of a nice guy and very down to earth. Therefore, when I heard he was teaming up with another horror legend, Robert Hall, for FEAR CLINIC, the film instantly became a must-see for me. Hall’s LAID TO REST series is one of my favorite horror franchises, so to see him team up with Englund a.k.a. Freddy Krueger, made my mouth water. And just like I knew they would, Hall and Englund deliver a first rate horror flick, chocked full of intensity and scares.
If you are not familiar with FEAR CLINIC, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Anchor Bay Entertainment:
Co-written by Hall and Aaron Drane, the film is based on the critically acclaimed and fan favorite 2009 FEARnet.com series. When trauma-induced phobias begin to re-emerge in five survivors a year after their horrifying tragedy, they return to the “Fear Clinic,” hoping to find the answers they need to get cured.
Dr. Andover (Robert Englund), a fear doctor who runs the clinic, uses his “Fear Chamber” to animate their fears in the form of terrifying hallucinations. However, the good doctor soon begins to suspect that something more sinister may be at work, something that yearns to be more than just an hallucination…
First off, this film is not what I was expecting. It’s dark and visceral, with a plot that is surprising and inventive. I was literally enthralled from the start, and I was riveted throughout the whole thing. I can’t remember the last time I was this engrossed in a horror flick.
FEAR CLINIC is shot well and looks great onscreen. The cinematography does an excellent job of helping to capture the desolate atmosphere of the clinic. The ambient sounds also add volumes to the air of eeriness. These combined make for a truly chilling movie experience.
As expected, the acting is perfect. Englund gives a mesmerizing performance as Dr. Andover, while Thomas Dekker (another one of my favorite horror actors) stuns as Blake, a disabled young man suffering from a gunshot wound. The rest of the cast is stellar as well, and I have to give special props to Fiona Dourif, the daughter of screen legend Brad Dourif; she does a masterful job as Sara. I hope to see much more of her onscreen in the future.
Also, the special effects in FEAR CLINIC are great as well. There’s some CG, which looks pretty good, but the practical effects are always the winners for me. I particularly like the look and design of the Fear Chamber. This thing is terrifying by itself, with it’s face-like view plate and formidable design. Whoever thought this thing up deserves an award!
FEAR CLINIC is a major win for me, and I highly recommend it to every fan of horror. It’s got just about everything a horror fan would want: unique plot, inventive special effects, and gruesome deaths. Horror flicks don’t get much better than this. It is available now, so give it a look.