If The Walking Dead taught us just how dangerous cities can be, the countless number of horror movies set out in the sticks are a strong indicator that the countryside can be just as dangerous. There’s never any cell phone signal, there’s rarely anywhere to take cover, and there’s something nasty lurking behind every tree. Such is the case in this trailer for British horror film, In Fear.
In Fear stars Iain De Caestecker, who Marvel fans might recognized from the pilot episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. that aired this week, alongside Alice Englert (Beautiful Creatures) as a young couple on a road trip to a music festival who make plans to stop for the night at a countryside hotel. We all know how this one goes; the sign to the hotel points in the opposite direction to what their map suggests, and they end up following it, only to find themselves lost in the woods.
Writer and director Jeremy Lovering (Sherlock) apparently concealed certain parts of the script from his actors so that they wouldn’t know what was about to happen next – and the trailer stays true to that spirit by not showing exactly what it is that young Tom and Lucy are up against. There are brief clips and lines of dialogue to indicate that it’s some kind of human stalker/killer, but it also seems that at one point the main characters find a cabin in the woods, so perhaps they’re being hunted by a Zombie Redneck Torture Family.
Still, even if In Fear is borrowing from a long tradition of films with similar plots, there’s a reason that horror movies about people lost in the woods became so popular. It’s a simple but effective formula that can make for a genuinely scary film if done right. In Fear has already screened at a few festivals, including Sundance, and critics have indeed praised it as a very effective chiller.
Tell us in the comments if you like the look of this road trip gone wrong.
In Fear will be in UK theaters from November 15th. A US release date has not yet been announced.