Anchor Bay gives fans of Robert Englund another impressive movie to add to their collection with “Fear Clinic.” Based on the renowned web series, the concept carries over to a feature length film magnificently. I was first exposed to the excellent talent of filmmaker Robert Hall at a screening of his new slasher classic “Laid to Rest.” With his latest endeavor in terror, he far surpasses that simple, yet genre-bending work of art.
In “Fear Clinic,” five people with incurable phobias seek treatment in a machine that animates their fears. Unbeknownst to them, the machine's operator harbors an entity which feeds on terror.
Robert Englund proves once again that his acting abilities stretch much further than what many expect from the man who created the character of Freddy Krueger in one of the most popular horror franchises in the cinema history. His role in “Fear Clinic” dares the audience to not have sympathy for him as he strives to rescue the human race from the terrors they suffer from. The rest of the cast are visibly invested in their parts as well.
“Fear Clinic” is rated R for bloody horror violence, disturbing images, language and some sexuality/nudity. Many of the dream sequences and flashbacks feature hallucinatory cinematography and choppy editing that give the viewer a sense of anxiety. It’s nowhere near as graphic and gory as the “Laid to Rest” movies.
The only special feature included for the “Fear Clinic” Blu-ray is a making of featurette entitled “'Fear Clinic:' Behind the Scenes.” It includes cast and crew interviews mixed with footage of the shooting of the movie. The extra is around 11 minutes long and delves into the transition from web series to full length film and more.
Robert Hall has given horror fans a unique and engaging journey into the heart of our most dreaded nightmares. It’s hard to compare “Fear Clinic” to any other movies out there. Imagine the artful abstract imagery from “The Cell” blended with a Lovecraftian creature feature and you’ll halfway have an idea of what to expect. It also uses a familiar scenario which is becoming disturbingly more and more commonplace as its foundation.
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