Quaid (Shaun Evans), a man who has suffered terrifying nightmares since seeing his parents murdered when he was six, meets Stephen (Jackson Rothbone), a college student studying film, and proposes a filmed study on fear. Stephen agrees, and they begin filming students who talk about their fears while learning more about their own fears. Quaid soon becomes obsessed and wants to take the study beyond what anybody expected.
This movie, based on a short story by Clive Barker (Hellraiser series) draws you in immediately with its interesting plot and directing. The scene of Quaid’s parents’ murder is particularly brutal. It slows down at points but never enough to lose you. The main actors, Evans and Rothbone, along with supporting actress Laura Donnelly, do a pretty wonderful job here, making the experience that much more enjoyable. The last fifteen minutes of the film is must see. This is the first film I have seen of the latest After Dark Horrorfest series, a series I have found pretty disappointing through the years (but I have still seen them all) and if this film is any indication of the latest series, it will easily be the best year yet.
On A Scale Of One To Ten: 8