Fear Clinic (2014) Review
Fear clinic is based on the Web series 'Fear Clinic'. The movie follows Sara (Fiona Dourif) who is one of five people that developed PTSD after surviving a terrifying shooting in a small diner by a masked shooter, who killed a lot of people. Not being able to live with their crippling fear, they seek the help of Dr Andover (Robert Englund) who has made a way to eliminate peoples fears. He puts people inside a "Fear Chamber" where they experience a virtual enactment of their fear. A year after they are cured the group begins to not only regress but get worse and even die. They begin seeing strange and creepy things even when they aren't connected to the machine. Because of this the doctor begins to seriously doubt the validity and even safety of his methods. However, this doesn't stop his test groups' faith in him. They all return to his clinic for further treatment and being forced to face their fears. But something evil is lurking in the abyss he thrusts his patients into. It is fear itself.
I have mixed feelings about this movie. I really wanted to enjoy it, but it was mostly a let down. Of course Robert Englund is brilliant, if it wasn't for him I don't think I would have made it to the end of this movie. The first half is great, it sets the mood and introduces a unique and interesting storyline. The fear machine is a really cool idea and forcing people to face their fears. Unfortunately, out of all the fear possibilities they chose to make all the characters have the same fear and it was just a guy with a gun. I found that very disappointing. The cinematography is great, but it just seems like it tries too hard to be a high quality movie that doesn't want to be B-grade, but it fails. The acting is good, although some scenes seem a little over the top.
One thing I hated about this movie is the scenes seem like they are all jumbled up. It's hard to figure out what's happening and whats just a hallucination. It gets very strange and confusing. The scenes are also repetitive and awkwardly put together. It took so long for anything to happen, it started out as suspense but eventually it just got boring. Also I do love Robert Englund, but he seemed to be naked a lot in this movie and nobody wants to see that!
Towards the end this movie did get better, there were some cool effects and a lot of action, but by that stage I just wanted it to end, so I don't think I enjoyed it as much as I normally would. The scary parts of this movie were actually creepy, but it was only the supernatural parts, not the guy with a gun.
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It tried, it mostly failed, but it's worth giving it a shot...kind of.