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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid film
Really well made creepy horror film with a good ensemble cast, top notch SFX and some genuinely spine-chilling moments.
A little more esoteric than your standard goreno horror, this has intelligence and more is in your own mind than on the screen.
I'll be buying this one.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Decent Horror Yarn that's Like a Cross Between The Wicker Man and The Ring
This is a reasonably well executed horror film. Pastor Dan and his family move into a small, Hicksville town, somewhere in the American mid-west. Pastor Dan is taking up the reigns from the outgoing pastor, Clancy Brown. Dan's family comprise his wife, two teenage daughters, and a slightly younger son.
The locals are, outwardly, welcoming and hospitable to the new...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Decent Horror Yarn that's Like a Cross Between The Wicker Man and The Ring, 4 Oct. 2014
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William Mason (England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Nothing Left To Fear [DVD] (DVD)
This is a reasonably well executed horror film. Pastor Dan and his family move into a small, Hicksville town, somewhere in the American mid-west. Pastor Dan is taking up the reigns from the outgoing pastor, Clancy Brown. Dan's family comprise his wife, two teenage daughters, and a slightly younger son.
The locals are, outwardly, welcoming and hospitable to the new family. The oldest daughter, Rebecca, is scalding hot eye candy, a very shapely blonde with sparkling eyes, who's soon flirting with the town's pretty boy, Noah. There are soon signs that all is not quite right with the townsfolk. One of them slits a goat's throat in front of the children. People look away from the family, or whisper as they walk on by.
Clancy tries to put the kibosh on Noah's burgeoning relationship with Rebecca. The first half of the movie is actually very like The Wicker Man (Edward Woodward and Britt Ekland), with a very slowly developing sense of impending doom or tragedy. The second half of the movie then plays out like a combination of The Exorcist and Ring - Wicker Man - 3-Disc 40th Anniversary Edition [Blu-ray] The Exorcist [Blu-ray] [1973] [Region Free] Ring (1998) [DVD] [2000] .
The youngest daughter, Mary, is kidnapped by the villagers and, in a gripping sequence, she is made the human sacrifice to an evil spirit that rises out of a murky pool of water, and takes over her mind and body.
The monster plagiarises the evil spirit in The Ring, with interminably long locks of filthy black hair, and tentacles of a black, cloudy substance that spread out from the monster's body. The evil spirit then goes on the hunt for the Pastor and the rest of his family, and this makes for a fairly entertaining chase sequence as the humans flee and then fight back.
The CGI is competent, the film score is appropriate, and the acting is good. However, the film is, disappointingly, not above average, because it lacks tension, the scenes of horror are relatively mild, and there are no real shock moments - the film didn't make me jump once.
It's nicely shot and the actress who plays Rebecca is a stunner, a potential big star of the future, I can see her being Hollywood's next big female sex symbol after Scarlett Johannson. I enjoyed this film, but as a lover of horror films, I want to see something that scares me, and this one just didn't.
If you can buy this film for less than a fiver, it's probably worth a look. Personally, I think that your money would be better spent on a blu ray of the original The Wicker Man (and not the execrable remake starring Nicholas Cage), and/or a blu ray of The Ring (the original Japanese version, although the American remake with Naomi Watts is quite good too - The Ring [DVD] [2003]).
The real issue with this movie, is the 15 certification, which severely limits how violent, or bloody, or shocking, or sexy, it might be. I don't know quite why horror film producers can't make all their films in 18 certificate versions, which can then be viewed on-line or on DVD by adult viewers, with edited 15 certificate versions for general release at the cinemas and/or available on DVD.
Surely the difference between the two versions, would be perhaps 5 or 10 minutes of extra footage for the 18 certificate movie? This film is a good example of how a decent horror flick suffers by being watered down. If The Exorcist had been watered down to a 15 certificate, by deleting the extreme swear words, and by omitting the scene where the girl abuses herself with a crucifix, nobody would be talking about that film 30 years later.
I very much doubt anybody will be talking about this particular horror film, in 20 to 30 years from now.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Cliche overload, 14 Dec. 2013
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A. Griffiths "Adrian" (London) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Nothing Left To Fear [DVD] (DVD)
Well there's not much new here. "Nothing Left To Fear" tells a fairly silly story of a small town with a deadly secret, and when a new pastor and his family arrive they get tangled up in a web of kidnapping, blood sacrifice and possession.

There are spoilers in this review.

The first 15 minutes or so will give you a hint of what's to come...one of the characters has a nightmare in which a woman appears and in a "surprise shock" effect, the woman's eyes turn to sunken black and her mouth gapes open, also black. Oh, really, give me a break... This effect has been recycled and recycled in horror movies now for almost a decade, and it's really time some new ideas surfaced. Anyway, the family start to realise something is wrong, but they take their sweet time about it, and it's unsurprising to see that they are soon at the mercy of the entire town and their terrible secret rite that has been planned all along. The secret rite itself really doesn't make a lot of sense, and what made me laugh at first is that the rite is done twice, once to unleash a horrible evil, and then repeated at some arbitrary point later in the film, this time to seal the evil back up again. Umm...wouldn't it have saved time just not to do the secret rite at all? Like, ever? Ok, I assume that without the secret rites being done at all, something far worse would go on, but there's no sense of what this might be, the script just makes the townsfolk in to cheerless bystanders and the main "bad guys" into characterless goons.

The lame script doesn't really help. Dozens of horror movie standard scenes are poured into the mix. Chase scenes where characters don't do anything logical that would actually result in them getting away, like driving out of town. Lots and LOTS of shots of blackened eyes and gaping black mouths. Waaay too many of these. And the dialogue doesn't help either. Girl: "Something's going on here, what is it? " Boy: "Not now. I have to go". Great stuff. Boy: "There's something I have to tell you." Girl: " What is it?" Girls kid brother, barging in: "Hey sis, come quick, something's up!" Damned kid brothers and their bad timing!

The acting is only passable, but what I did like is the fact that the possession takes a hold of what seemed to be an almost throwaway supporting character at the start of the movie. There are some good sceens when this character is just starting to become ill, and these are more creepy than the full scale goof-out that happens in the last 30 minutes of the film, which is all CGI and really shows that this is not the medium of choice for quick horror effects, and you can spot every bit of CGI every time.

Although it's competently filmed and looks n ice and professional, it doesn't show any originality at all, it just screams "Bandwagon". There are loads of 'small town secret" horror films out there, like "The Shrine", which this movie shares many elements with, but "The Shrine" is far superior, better made and with a better plot. Sorry folks, I guess you could have fun renting this out but I don't think it is going to hang around in the memory.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Wicker Ham., 2 Nov. 2014
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Nothing Left To Fear [DVD] (DVD)
What a waste of story potential and cast. Plot has James Tupper and Anne Heche as a religious family moving to Stull, Kansas, a place rumoured to contain one of the Gateways to Hell. Pretty soon it's evident that the locals are not all they seem to be, trouble is is that the makers take an age for anything of note to really happen on the screen, and when it does the intended frights and terror are tepidly played. Clancy Brown gives his character some plausible heft, Rebekah Brandes gives the best performance as the troubled teen striving to save her sister, but everything in the second half of the film falls apart; or down a giant plot hole if you prefer! The cool ending saves it from total damnation, mind. 5/10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "There are no Angels, only us!", 12 Oct. 2014
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This review is from: Nothing Left To Fear [DVD] (DVD)
Pastor Dan Bamford (Tupper) & his family uproot from City life, to take over a new congregation in the country, replacing retiring Pastor Kingsman (Brown). The people of Stull, are uneasily welcoming, as there appears to be something sinister going on underneath this seemingly ordinary Town.

This supernatural horror is a pretty routine combination of an outsider family moving to a new close knit community hiding a secret & some well re-used horror special effects from the likes of "The Ring" (2002). It follows the Pastor's on the surface family relationship closely with some brief effective scares early on, as it moves into a romantic story with a focal romance of the eldest daughter Rebecca (Brandes) & local hunk Noah (Peck). Much to the dismay of disapproving Pastor Kingsman with the whole 'hidden secret' smoldering underneath the unsuspecting family. It's enjoyable enough building up your anticipation, but it does impact on the pace of the movie as a result, with arguably little worthwhile in terms of character development or back story to the explanation behind the Towns secret to justify it. The final third of the film is where the faster paced, consistent horror takes over. With sustained CGI special effects akin to the DVD cover, with the characters actions got rather frivolous, but the ending was good.

For veteran horror viewers you will find the scares aren't very jarring, albeit presented well with a few pleasing surreal visuals. The acting is okay for a horror flick, the daughters Rebekah Brandes (Midnight Movie) & Jennifer Stone (Wizards of Waverly Place) were lively & believable sisters. Illusive, hunky love interest Ethan Peck (Adopt a Sailor) was scripted to be a bit too lethargic. Clancy Brown (Highlander) was decent as the morally heavy hearted Pastor , James Tupper (Revenge) was rather plain as the Dad & Anne Heche (Volcano) as the Mum didn't have much to do but was convincing. Interestingly Heche & Tupper are a real life couple & have a son together.

Trivia: This is a movie of firsts. It's the first film produced through the production company 'Slasher Films' of Guns N' Roses band member Slash. The directional feature debut of Anthony Leonardi III , best known for his concept/storyboard art work on films & T.V (Game Of Thrones) which explains the surreal/artistic touches in the film. And first writing debut for Jonathan W.C. Mills.

In conclusion, Nothing Left To Fear is a serviceable horror movie with some neat visual effects & potentially good story that doesn't quite get justice here with slow pacing & too many unanswered questions. For a first attempt from the new producer/director/writer team it's a decent effort & stepping stone. Contains strong language , violence & disturbing scenes. Worth a watch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars IT IS THE WAY IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN, 11 Oct. 2013
Pastor Dan (James Tupper) and his family move to the small town of Stahl(?). It is a quaint town but seems slightly odd. Rebecca (Rebekah Brandes) the token eye candy daughter has nightmares and develops a liking for Noah (Ethan Peck) the son of the out going preacher (Clancy Brown). You know the town has a secret and at some point it has a nice eerie Thomas Tryon feel to it.

The ending was fairly decent, put the film didn't come together. The events in the film didn't tie into anything, it just happened because that was the way things should happen. The acting was decent. The film took time to develop character, perhaps a bit too much at the expense of a decent horror scene. There are ways to build character quickly and effectively. The scenes were good, but collectively the story fell.

Will make for an acceptable rental. I believe this will be part of a multi-pack in a year or so.

Parental Guide: F-bomb. No sex or nudity.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very poor indeed., 26 Feb. 2014
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This review is from: Nothing Left To Fear [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Looked good on the cover but disappointing throughout.

The concept of the story is never really explained which does not help. A dark force is summoned, the dark force runs amok, the locals put the dark force back its in its hole - ummm - but never explained whey the dark force is summoned in the first place.

Acting was not particularly good and the "horror" effects, the few that there were were not impressive. A bit of red liquid (supposed to be blood) dripping into a pool is not exactly scary.

This film had the potential to be so much more if the plot had been explained.

Don't buy, wait for it come TV instead and be prepared to be bored.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid film, 16 Jan. 2014
This review is from: Nothing Left To Fear [DVD] (DVD)
Really well made creepy horror film with a good ensemble cast, top notch SFX and some genuinely spine-chilling moments.
A little more esoteric than your standard goreno horror, this has intelligence and more is in your own mind than on the screen.
I'll be buying this one.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Nothing left to fear except total boredom, 13 Nov. 2014
This review is from: Nothing Left to Fear (Blu-ray)
Despite the fact that this is well filmed and has passable special effects its a turkey. The acting is dire. Its slow. Catatonic trance is more likely than fear. Its very very slow. And just ridiculous. Dont mind suspending disbelief but you need to be in a cationic trance to find anything that finally happens plausible. This is not worth the review!
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3.0 out of 5 stars I've never seen a demon so boringly slow, some half decent special effects though which saved the film for me., 3 Sept. 2014
This review is from: Nothing Left to Fear (Blu-ray)
Slow to start, but does get going after a while, felt like I'd seen this movie before all the time due it being a miss-mash of lots of other films ideas, nothing original and weak plot, never seen a demon so boringly slow, some half decent special effects though which saved the film for me.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars God awful, 2 Mar. 2014
This review is from: Nothing Left To Fear [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
I dont normally bother writing negative reviews, but felt compelled to do so as I wasted 10.00 of my own money on this utter rubbish! I try not to pay attention to reviews too much when purchasing, and the general consensus for this wasn't too bad.
I am really into the darker side of horror but this was so bad from the acting, to the plot, to the tension (or lack of it) to the effects and complete unoriginality. Nothing happens for the first hour and when it does its not even in the slightest bit creepy...please avoid this at all costs, I was extremely disappointed! if you want to watch a decent slow burn/atmospheric horror then go for the fantastic Lords of Salem!
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