Saturday, January 2, 2016

Short Film Spotlight: FEAR

On this week's edition of Short Film Spotlight, we take a trip into the world of art house horror with Steve Kahn's FEAR.

Fear is a very powerful enemy, and can drive a person down a dark path.  In this film, you can see that "the woman", all alone, harbors a lot of fear, causing even mundane activities to become difficult to handle, culminating in her ultimate, yet ambiguous, fate.

Personally, I was hoping for a bit more in this film, seeing as I didn't know what to expect.  However, now knowing that the director's inspiration came from Alfred Hitchcock's psychological style of horror, the film delivered precisely what it needed to, and upon second watching, my appreciation for it grew stronger.

Right from the start, you get a sense of fear from the woman, whether it be from the dead silence in the room, the noises from outside, or the unknown within the darkness as she travels the house alone.  There are points throughout the film that made me think there was something supernatural going on, which, in all reality, there very well might've been, but that's left open to interpretation.

"The Woman" is played by the beautiful Jessie Rabideau who wrote, directed, and starred in the short films Found. and Amused and was also a contestant on America's Next Top Model in 2012.  The writer and director, Steve Kahn, is also responsible for the 2006 short film DaƱos del amor, the 2013 short film The Pink Balloon, and the 2015 short film The Prisoner.

Check out more on the film's Facebook page ( and on Twitter (@fear_film).  Also follow the director Steve Kahn on Twitter (@stevekahn).

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