Clocking in at just shy of 15 minutes, FEAR, written and directed by Steve Kahn, is a beautiful cinematic and aural exploration of its titular emotion.
Jessie Rabideau, who you may have seen as a contestant on America’s Next Top Model a few years back, is the lead actress in this solo piece. Relatively new to the scene, I’d suggest you remember the name – if FEAR is any indicator, we can expect to see a lot more of her.
Tag line: A woman struggles with little things that build to mammoth proportions
Focusing on bath time, the lead character is very clearly dealing with a number of issues. There’s something on her mind, or someone rather – her ‘love’ – and whatever that situation may be, its getting to her. As she deals with demons, both internal and external, she finally comes face to face with her FEAR.
I won’t speak to the directors intentions, or to any sort of stated direction – as with all my reviews, I’ll focus on what the viewer takes away, and the emotions they are left with.
I was immediately drawn in by the trailer (see below) which hints at an aural experience (and, as you know, that’s kind of my ‘thing’) evocative of old school horror. And that it absolutely is.
A one woman show, FEAR is a wonderful dance, spinning the reader round and round, utilizing both sound and frame to electrifying effect. Much different than your standard indie horror short, FEAR feels more like a performance piece than anything else, tackling an issue we have all faced at one time or another.
Maybe its late at night, or even early morning – the house is quiet, filled with substantial silence, and tension fills the air. You begin to focus on small sounds – the ticking of a clock, water dripping from a leaky faucet, the scratching of your cat in its litter box – and you psych yourself out.
“Was that the house settling I heard, or something else?” And before you know it, a series of insignificant events build to some crescendo – and your phone rings, shattering the silence, and you jump.
So, yes – its clear Steve Kahn is after something deeper with FEAR, but at its most base experience its familiar, and something we can ALL recognize
TL;DR 7/10 very nearly too ambitious for itself, FEAR is a wonderful exploration of its titular emotion, and an absolute must see
FEAR is about to debut on the short film circuit – follow us on social media for future updates on this VERY exciting project!
Categories: Indie Horror Short