Parents' Guide to

Fear

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Bloody, cliched "cabin-in-the-woods"-style horror movie.

Movie R 2023 98 minutes
Fear Movie Poster: A question mark has the face of a human skull

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age 18+

Based on 1 parent review

age 18+

Plays on Fear and lies. Not recommended for kids!

This movie plays on the unrealistic fears that came during the COVID-19 outbreak that caused so many families to break apart and so many people to die alone and without loved ones being able to see them or them seeing their loved ones. It's all a lie of the devil and this horror movie brings that fear to light and the only ones who survive are the one who didn't give in to the fear and the one who turned to God for help. Not recommended for children under the age of 18 in my opinion.

Is It Any Good?

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Kids say: Not yet rated

Despite a diverse cast and a nifty location, this soggy, inert horror movie unfolds with a most unimaginative collection of worn-out genre staples, starting with its bland title. Fear begins with its hero failing at his marriage proposal, despite the fact that he's a best-selling author with movie superhero-like looks, and the unusual-yet-invincible-sounding name of "Rom." From there, the friends somehow decide to tell each other their deepest fears, a checklist that will of course come into play later in the movie. When it does, it's with flashing lights, rumbling noises, jump-scares, spooky mirrors, twitchy video, CG tentacles, distorted old songs, clunky exposition, and just about anything else lifted from any number of other horror movies. (One character mutters, "I feel like we're in Get Out." If only.) Characters blunder around the lodge with no sense of time; while the action cuts away to certain characters, it takes others an absurdly long time to get from one room to another. This lack of rhythm makes it feel like Fear takes forever to get started, and when it finally does, during the final third, you may find yourself eager for it to end.

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