Dani Filth, Eileen Daly, Emily Bouffante (Emily Booth)
, Rebecca Eden
of Fear is a spirited Urban Gothic-type British anthology movie
from the director of Pervirella, here teaming up with the lead
singer of Goth metal band Cradle of Filth (whose other members feature in
cameo roles). Obviously made with a very modest budget, the film
frequently seems amateurish (a microphone features prominently in an early
shot, for example), but, on the more positive side, it has bucket-loads of
gore, some pretty decent special effects courtesy of Hellraiser veterans
Creature FX, and some cute babes running around with very little – if
anything – on, so it’s generally very entertaining.
the luverly gore comes courtesy of the BBFC, who, despite what you might
have read elsewhere, have passed the film completely uncut: a sure sign
that things have changed radically at Soho Square.
The disc is coded for Region 0, in PAL format.
1.85:1 transfer is pretty grotty: it’s letterboxed, but not anamorphic,
which is, frankly, inexcusable. It also regularly exhibits extremely nasty
MPEG tiling artefacts. The audio is simple stereo (at 192kbps). Other than
that, the disc is nicely presented, and offers a revealing twelve-minute Making
of… featurette (focusing on a handful of key scenes, it offers a
good sense of what being on a movie set is like), an extensive photo’
gallery and a couple of trailers.
According to the film’s official website the team are already
prepping a 2-disc special edition. Don’t say you weren’t warned!