Fear, Inc. – Good, Bad & Ugly Review

Fear, Inc. follows a company of degenerates who can be hired for a premium to bring your greatest fears to life. But when horror junkie Joe Foster’s customized scare seemingly begins, he and his friends must decide if this company is there to scare them or make them pawns in their own sick game. – (Source)

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 25% (Critics) / 39% (Audience)
Directed By: Vincent Masciale
Written By: Luke Barnett
Starring: Lucas Neff, Caitlin Stasey, Chris Marquette and Mark Moses
Studio: Lone Suspect

The Good:  I liked the SCREAM-inspired opening scenes with Abigail Breslin that set up the basic premise of the film and the early scenes where the main characters are in the beginning stages of their paid for scare campaign were pretty good before things took a left turn.

The Bad:  I like Lucas Neff (was a huge RAISING HOPE fan) and Caitlin Stasey (been a fan since I first saw her in TOMORROW WHEN THE WAR BEGAN) as actors but Neff was the most obnoxious character in the history of movies and Stasey barely made me notice her in this film. Not to say that any of the other characters in the film were all that memorable either.
The first few times the film plays the “Is this real or this fake?” bit things were fine but after a while it became tedious and I stopped giving much of a damn about it either way.

The Ugly:  I really hated the multiple twist ending. I probably would have a better opinion of the movie it it just let the first twist be the only twist.

Final Verdict: Not nearly as fun as it could have been, FEAR, INC. did have its moments but instead of building on those it became a tedious horror movie that made more missteps than not and in its attempt to be smart ended up being not all that enjoyable.

Grade: C-

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