Release year: 1990
Director: Rockne S. O’Bannon
Screenwriter: Rockne S. O’Bannon
Starring: Ally Sheedy, Lauren Hutton, Michael O’Keefe, Stan Shaw, Dean Goodman. Pruitt Taylor Vince, Keone Young
Psychic Cacey Bridges (Sheedy) uses her gift to help police solve murders by mentally linking with the murderer. But when she comes across the killer called the Shadow Man she is shocked to discover he shares her talent and uses it to find the greatest fears of his victims. Now Cayce isn’t just trying to help the police capture a murder, she is trying to get rid of a killer locked mentally to her and sharing his kills with her.
A by-the-book horror thriller Fear doesn’t bring many surprises, but engaging performance, especially from Sheedy (The Breakfast Club, 1985) as the suffering heroine, keeps you gripped throughout the movie. It is a tense story and the thriller element work well through Cacey’s gift. The psychic sights are effective and create great suspense and just as you are getting used to them, the movie moves up a gear as the Shadow Man (Vince) enters the picture. Always avoiding his face to be shown, the viewer is left paranoid as Cacey seeks to get the upper hand against a killer unlike anyone she has encounter with the help of charming new neighbor, played charmingly by O’Keefe (Caddyshack, 1980). It is an all together well working movie with nail biting moments and an excellent cast.
The only feature film directed by director/writer Rockne S. O’Bannon.
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