Fearsville [INDIE FILM REVIEW]

Fearsville CoverDirector: Joseph Aguon Drake
Production Company: White Door Productions
Genre: Horror Comedy
One Sentence Synopsis: Fear has a town of its own…
Series: Standalone
Release Date: October 23, 2015
Running Time: 74 min
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Trailer: Click Here
Reviewed by: Reverend Leviathan
Final Score: 3 Moons (out of 5)

Fearsville is a small quiet Kentucky town until a mental patient escapes from the local insane asylum.  Soon Piper (Payton Christian) and her friends have much more to worry about than the rivaling mean girls and their ringleader Madison (McKenzie Abney).  The body count starts to add up and the girls have to fight to stay alive.  Much blood will be shed in this sleepy little town.


Story

When the movie began with a girl answering a phone and a creepy voice being on the other end, I was really worried that I would be watching a low-budget version of Scream.  Thankfully, that ended up not being the case.  Piper and her friends are portrayed as a group of girls that are rejected by the popular, stuck up Madison and her friends.  There’s talk on the news that there’s an escaped mental patient, and terror suddenly hits the town of Fearsville (which, turns out, is an actual town in Kentucky).  Bodies pile up as the unseen killer makes his way around, and kills the usual unsuspecting victims of horror films (potheads, hot chicks, and defenseless, annoying teenage girls).  Will the girls join forces to stop him, or will they wish each other dead?  Surprise ending after the credits worked very well.

Presentation

This is a fun movie to watch if you want a few giggles and no scares.  There was one particular death involving a car battery charger that made me laugh pretty hard.  Most of the young female actresses did a great job, but acting scared after seeing dead bodies and someone get killed in front of you was not Ms. Abney’s strongpoint.

The lighting in some of the shots was way too bright, almost to the point I could barely see the actors faces.  The audio was also off.  At one point it would be really loud, and another would be really soft, so I had to keep adjusting the volume.  Score and music choice went nicely with the movie, and scene transitions were smooth.

Gothic Fit

I hope this doesn’t make me sound sick or sadistic, but I really enjoyed seeing the stuck up, preppy girls get killed and the rejects fighting back.  Goths can appreciate when the “beautiful people” get what’s coming to them.

Closing Thoughts

Overall I’m impressed with what the director was able to do with no budget and I think after fixing a few production issues a Fearsville 2 would be good watch.  Way to go, Mr. Drake (Oh and David G. Baker too)!

Story: 4.0 Moons
Presentation: 2.5 Moons
Gothic Fit: 2.0 Moons
Final Score (not an average): 3.0 Moons (of 5)

Score: Three Moons

Author: Reverend Leviathan

Reverend Leviathan is the Music & Media Editor at DarkestGoth Magazine.

He has been part of the Gothic community since his high school years. He released an album in 2008 entitled "Eden's Graveyard" and has also self-published a book, Gothlic: The Testimony of a Catholic Goth. He specializes in music (Goth, ambient, industrial, horror punk and doom metal) and independent films. You can follow him at Facebook.com/revleviathan7.

If you have questions about having your music or media reviewed or featured at DarkestGoth, you can email Reverend Leviathan directly. (Not all music or media will be eligible for coverage by DGM, due to its style or the current knowledge base of DGM staff. If your media is accepted, we are currently estimating a 90-120 day turnaround for reviews and/or other coverage, so please plan requests accordingly.)

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