Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 0% (Critics) / 22% (Audience)
Directed By: Anthony Leonardi III
Written By: Jonathan W.C. Mills
Starring: Clancy Brown, Anne Heche, Jennifer Stone
Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Synopsis:NOTHING LEFT TO FEAR was inspired by the legend of Stull, Kansas. Wendy (Anne Heche), her husband Dan (James Tupper of “Revenge”) and their kids have just moved to the small town of Stull, Kansas, where Dan is the new pastor. But in this sleepy community of friendly neighbors, a horrific series of occurrences awaits them: Their teenage daughter (Rebekah Brandes of Bellflower) is being tormented by grisly visions. Her younger sister (Jennifer Stone of “Wizards Of Waverly Place”) has been marked for a depraved ritual. And deep within the heartland darkness, one of The Seven Gates Of Hell demands the blood of the innocent to unleash the creatures of the damned. Ethan Peck (“10 Things I Hate About You”) and Clancy Brown (The Shawshank Redemption) co-star in this demonic shocker featuring original music by producer SLASH and inspired by the real-life paranormal legacy of Stull. (Source)
There were two things that I liked about this movie and one of them was totally unintentional on the part of the people behind this film. First, I am a Clancy Brown fan and enjoy him in pretty much anything especially if he gets to play a religious kook that is a wee bit reminiscent of his role in the (canceled far too soon) HBO series CARNIVALE. And Clancy was gave his usual good performance here despite not really being asked to do all that much.
The second thing I enjoyed about this movie was the unintentional hilarity that ensued when the two photogenic teen lovers completely abandoned a small child to the cruel mercies of a rampaging demon not once but twice. Watching young Carter Cabassa (who plays the doomed family’s youngest child Chris) running for his life while his sister and her himbo boyfriend speed away in the family SUV is just about the funniest thing ever.
Everything about this movie was dull. The direction was dull, the acting (aside from the always awesome Clancy Brown) was dull, the music (that was provided by the film’s producer, Slash) was dull, the effects were dull…just the entire affair was dull and utterly forgettable. Aside from two instances of unintentional hilarity there was nothing about this movie that succeeded in keeping my attention or provided even the slightest hint of a thrill.
Poor Ann Heche…one bad break-up with her lesbian lover and a very public emotional breakdown has resulted in her ending up playing the bland mother role in this wholly unappealing attempt at a horror movie.
Final Verdict: How a movie about a town that guards a gateway to hell by sacrificing unsuspecting new citizens could end up being this uninteresting is a mystery to me. All the elements are there for this to have been a really fun fright fest but instead we got a drab mess that wastes some pretty talented actors and provided two moments of interest completely by mistake.