(Thomas Dekker, Robert Englund, Kevin Gage, Brandon Beemer, et al / DVD / NR / 2015 / Anchor Bay Entertainment)
Overview: Dr. Andover (Robert Englund), a fear doctor who runs the clinic, uses his Fear Chamber to animate their fears in the form of terrifying hallucinations. However, the good doctor soon begins to suspect that something more sinister may be at work, something that yearns to be more than just an hallucination.
DVD Verdict: 'Fear Clinic' revolves around a shooting that takes place in a diner that traumatizes a group of survivors who check themselves into the Fear Clinic; a clinic run by Dr.Andover a man who has created a unique way of treating phobia's using a revolutionary new technology called the fear chamber.
The fear chamber works by re-animating your worst fears into hallucinations so you can combat your fear face to face. However within the story the fears start manifesting themselves in the real world and this new technology that Dr. Andover has created is slowly opening up a doorway to allow fear incarnate to wreak havoc on the patients of the clinic.
'Fear Clinic' has an incredibly strong cast line-up with Robert Englund ('A Nightmare on Elm Street') reprising his role as Dr.Andover, Thomas Dekker ('Heroes') as Blake, Fiona Dourif ('Curse of Chucky') as Sara a survivor of the diner shooting, Angelina Armani ('Chromeskull 2') as another survivor Caylee, and Corey Taylor in his first ever acting role as Bauer a porter at the clinic. Joining this stellar cast are a whole host of other amazing talent including Brandon Beemer, Cleopatra Coleman, Kevin Gage and Felisha Tirrell.
So, based on what is quite a stellar cast, 'Fear Clinic' - as a whole - was incredibly strong script and acting wise, if truth be told. What started off as an incredibly slow build up actually built the story up rather nicely and gave us some in depth character building and information. Yup, for my money (and I think yours too once you see this film) the second half of the movie eclipses the first by a long shot.
I mean, I know a slow, cautious build up means more tension, but there's only a certain threshold that can be exploited before the viewer sits there and says, out loud usually, Come on now, get to the good shit! I mean, the intro to the movie, however slow, does have that creepy and uncomfortable vibe, almost putting you in the clinic itself, testing your nerves, but it is also dragged out a wee bit; sorry.
The film contains deep undertones and emotional depth in terms of people's fears and phobia's but there are some points within the movie that need to be tightened up a bit. Certain scenes need explaining more and as fear incarnate starts to manifest itself the build up and gore is lacking within the story so even so that you wish for more, well, gore! That said, wow, the "creature" looks amazing!
Convoluted in places, but a movie that stands higher than most Horror's that are being released at this juncture, a new generation of fans will hopefully embrace the great Robert Englund and his continual bouts and tussles within the horror genre. So sure, if you're used to watching Horror movies with an open mind then you will adore 'Fear Clinic' - as it drills into that open mind and fills it with all manner of screaming, manic goodies! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Feature of:
Fear Clinic: Behind-The-Senes Featurette