Le Fear (2010)

Le Fear
Director: Jason Croot
Writer: Jason Croot
Cast: Kyri Saphiris, Spencer Austin, Lucinda Rhodes-Flaherty, Ilona Saic, Andre Samson
[Screener Review.]

Carlos (Kyri Saphiris) wants to shoot a horror film. He’s got a small studio and even an investor lined up whom he might have promised a little too much. So he didn’t get Brad Pitt, he just got Leon (Spencer Austin) who has at least the same size ego as you’d expect from a big star. His lead actress Debbie D (Lucinda Rhodes-Flaherty) might never have actually acted outside of porn. And his werewolf may be wearing a raincoat. But Carlos is sure that he can work around all of it. He’s probably wrong.

Le Fear has a lot of good ideas and some very nice moments. But despite it’s short 60 minute runtime, it does drag in places. lefear I don’t know for sure but I’m assuming that a lot (if not all) of the film is improvised since it suffers from the two biggest pitfalls of improvised films: (one) letting the scenes run too long so that (two) the actors don’t know what to say anymore and start repeating key phrases that were probably part of their pitch or description of the scene. [The acting isn’t bad, even when the improvisation is.]

But despite that weakness, there were some absolutely hilarious moments in it as well. When the werewolf just stands behind the sofa and vaguely waves his arms instead of attacking the couple, for example. Or when the make-up artist (Ilona Saic) talks with Leon (I could have listened to her a lot longer). When Debbie D. freaks out because Carlos is cutting her lines… These were my personal highlights of the film. lefear1Generally the ways Croot can imagine a shoot going wrong – from airplanes over the set to a clapper unable to clap – are pretty creative and I thought that I could detect a certain hint of bitter experience. In any case it’s pretty fun.

But even so, the film is sometimes a little thin and probably would have been better suited by a 30 minute cut instead of a 60 minute one. lefear2Summarizing: Funny enough.

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