Jonathan MacKinlay is a man trapped inside his home by his own mind. Suffering from agoraphobia, caused by a car accident that took his wife's life; his existence has been reduced to a monotonous repetition of identical days. As his dread and self-loathing escalate, an onslaught of gruesome visions and twisted, waking nightmares begins to gnaw away at his last shred of sanity. Are these ghastly visions imaginary, private demons…or is he being victimized by a very real entity of infinite terror and unspeakable evil?
A majority of the film, id say a good 99%, takes place in the small home of our lead character. This gives somewhat of a feel of slow pacing but it also really lets us get a feel for our character who is scared to leave his home. We share his isolation and therefore begin to identify with him. It also helps give a claustrophobic feel and when strange things begin to happen we feel we are trapped in the building with it.
There are not many characters in the film but the most interesting has to be the new girl who brings the groceries for Jonathan. They dynamic between these characters is interesting, although predictable as they grow closer and he begins to open up to her. Other characters include a friend an a doctor but they seem more like plot devices to move the story forward than anything.
This movie shows that a lot can be accomplished without a large budget. The primary use of one main set, focusing on characters, atmosphere ans story. For the most part it pulls them all off pretty well. While not perfect it is worth watching and has a great ending.
Phobia is out now on DVD from Image Entertainment so make sure you check it out.