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21 Ratings

Fear Itself

Directed by Charlie Lyne
United Kingdom, 2015
Documentary, Horror, Mystery


Constructed entirely from existing films, Fear Itself is a personal journey through fear and cinema that asks whether horror movies know us better than we know ourselves.

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Fear Itself Directed by Charlie Lyne
In the narration, Lyne argues that films have a lot invested in keeping us scared, and in one of his most provocative lines, that horror films pare the world down to “a few vague signals.” This is a fairly good working thesis for Fear Itself, which is reductive by design, but pleasantly so.
January 07, 2017
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The subjective, vaguely poetic approach to genre criticism succeeds at filling in the context for images and sequences which might otherwise scan as gratuitous, and though the observations don’t boil down to anything revelatory, the relationship of the horror film to existential dread and awareness of death has a satisfying shape.
January 06, 2017
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The smart, shrewd, and surprisingly scary new essay-film by Beyond Clueless director Charlie Lyne, who is swiftly proving a virtuoso of the form… He aspires to Andersen’s insight and easy wit, and indeed quite often measures up to them. His deep knowledge of the genre and the inspired connections he suggests make this an indispensable piece of film criticism as much as it is, more simply, a fresh and compelling film.
January 04, 2017
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