Phobia Friday, 24 January 2020

Phobia

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    15 (UK): Strong bloody horror, strong language, sex.

  • The pitch:

    What are you afraid of?

  • Starring:

    Michael Jefferson, Emma Dubery, Sarah Schoofs, Peter Gregus, Debbie Rochon, Sandra Palmeri, Jason Grimste, Andrew Ruth, Hardy Winburn

  • Directed by:

    Rory Douglas Abel

  • Running time:

    84 minutes

  • Rated:

    CTC (Australia), 15 (UK), NR (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People are grabbed, stabbed, terrorised, near-choked, punched, hit with objects, bludgeoned, kicked, suffocated, hit by a car. Self-harm (arm-slicing). A man believes he is seeing his deceased wife, being pursued by a knife-wielding loony. Car accident, killing wife mentioned. Pleading. Blood/gore: Corpses. Bloody cuts/clothing/stab wounds, bleeding. Blood-covered head, bloody mouth. Blackened veins, bruising, autopsy scars.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    A couple has bedroom sex. Nude couples (in bed, in shower). Exposed breasts, shirtless man. Flirting.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    A couple share a joint. Prescription pills consumed. Alcohol (spirits). Zoloft, Xanax mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-words, s-words, a-words. Name-calling. Religious references and exclamations.

  • THEMES:

    Agoraphobia, fear, boredom, insanity, ghosts, psychology, monotony, PTSD, mental illness, panic attacks, therapy, visions, haunting, transcribing, hallucinations, paranoia.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Murdered friend. Deceased parents, deceased wife mentioned. Vomiting, drool. Power blackout, animal skull on wall, humanoid spider creature.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Strong, engaging, entertaining, cerebral, slow-burning, low-budget, taut. Compelling/suffocating material, impressive performances, solid pace, spooky finale, nicely photographed, experienced cast, claustrophobic single location, effective score.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Repetitive. Loses momentum, some technical weaknesses, bad dubbing.

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