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Film Review - Nothing Left to Fear - 2014


Nothing Left to Fear

Format: DVD Language: English Released: 2014

Director: Anthony Leonardi III

Starring: Anne Heche, James Tupper, Ethan Peck


‘The legendary guitarist Slash, enters the horror genre’, was the announcement headlining the website I brought this DVD from, which thinking about it, should have set the alarm bells ringing as I would have expected some information about the film first not the Producer. Then again, at a cost of 25p for a brand-new DVD I thought what the heck, it’s only 25p, a pack of space invaders cost more than that now. What was the point of my introduction? Well that’s how I feel about this film, what was the point?


The film starts off well, a nice slow build up introduces us to the family that’s the main focus of the film, and a family that, for the first half of the film at least, really do come across as believable. Yet it never really gets going until the overly CGI’d ending to the film. Now I love a ‘slow burner ‘horror film, in fact most of my favorites are exactly that. However, you need to have something happening while it’s building up; say a plot or such like. Not in this film though as one drab scene is followed by another, only occasionally broken up; by long periods of pointless filler shots. Nothing to make you give two hoots about the main characters Rebecca (Rebekah Brandes) and Noah (Ethan Peck) when everything starts going to hell.



Then, sadly, it gets worse. When things finally does start to go to hell, the film truly unravels. The close-knit family, which up until this point where the saving grace of the film, flee in opposite directions. Twice the lead character, Rebecca, abandons her little brother, Christopher (Carter Cabassa) for reasons best known to herself, and certainly not known to the audience and places her trust in someone she has only known for three days at most. The townsfolk refuse to help and go into hiding in their homes, apparently too scared to go out then suddenly appear at a gathering for the, excruciatingly long final scene. There are too many other problems with this film to go into.


My main problem with Nothing Left to Fear, is the bizarre film-making decisions by Director Anthony Leonardi III. It’s almost as if he thought he could take all the ‘cool’ scenes from his favorite horrors and stick them together thinking it would be ‘awesome’ without a thought as to why they were ‘cool’ in the first place. What we end up with resembles a high budget first year college film.


The sound effects that are so loud at times you need to turn the subtitles on to understand what is being said. A good example of this is right at the start of the film when the family are talking in the car. Most of the scene was shot from behind the characters so you could only see the backs of their heads. With the overly loud sound effects making it impossible to hear the dialogue you were forced to turn the subtitles on to have any idea what was going on.


Still to end on a happy note; do you remember the ‘child spirits’ in the Japanese films like The Ring or Dark Water? The small, skinny young ‘innocent’ children, who, with twisted bodies walked disjointedly across the room; chillingly eerie scenes that stuck with you? Now change that innocent young child for a slightly ‘slutty’ late teenager who you really can’t care about, and who has spent her entire screen time being a spoiled brat and have her crawl in the same style but with some below par CGI veins spreading across the floor. What you get is a scene that will make you laugh, loudly; although I’m not convinced that was the reaction the makers of this film were after!


On a plus note, Kirk, loved it, normally he falls asleep about 10 minutes into a film, but he was transfixed from start to finish. Wagging his tale and making a lot of noise whenever the spirit entered the scene. So, from a Jack Russell’s point of view, this seems to be a film worth watching.



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