Jason Benjamin, Austin Musick, Linds Edwards, Erica Bundy, Casey Payne
WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY
DISTRIBUTED BY Singa Home Entertainment/Gravitas Ventures/Customflix
"Point of Fear" Review
I have to admit that I couldn't stop thinking about "Dr. Giggles" while watching "Point of Fear," a low-budget horror flick being distributed by up-and-coming distributor Echelon Studios.
Thinking about "Dr. Giggles" isn't necessarily a bad thing. While "Dr. Giggles" sure wasn't a first-rate horror flick, I've always had a certain affection for the Larry Drake led film.
"Point of Fear," as well, gives us a not quite right doctor, Dr. Jamison (first-time film actor Jason Benjamin). Dr. Jamison is the self-proclaimed "fear doctor," a small-town doctor who prides himself in helping people overcome their greatest fears.
"Point of Fear" has your basic horror movie plot. A group of friends head up to the mountains, specificially the small town of Pleasant Point. The town, of course, has experienced a string of brutal murders recently, however, the group seems more concerned about helping their friend Melissa (Austin Musick) overcome her fear of heights. When Melissa decides to visit our "fear doctor," he suddenly begins to crack and believe that she is his long lost wife having returned.
See, I told you. You've seen this movie before.
Despite the film's familiarity, it works largely due to the strength of the ensemble cast, most notably Musick and Jason Benjamin, who has a background in pro wrestling. Written and directed by Brooks Benjamin, whose second film "Boys of Summerville" is due out this year, "Point of Fear" emphasizes fear over gore even once the body count starts adding up as the doctor's methods become more and more outlandish and dangerous.
"Point of Fear," on a certain level, reminds me of another low-budget horror flick from last year, Tara Cardinal's "Delivery" in terms of its style and the way it focuses on the relationship between perpetrator and victim.
As is true of virtually all indie horror flicks, there are flaws here and occasionally the acting borders on histrionic. These moments are particularly noticeable here, as the largely theatrically trained cast is unusually strong throughout most of the film. There are a few one-liners in the film allowing audiences moments to breathe until the next big scare comes along.
Tech credits are also strong, and the film features a rock soundtrack that plays throughout the film.