Nothing Left To Fear commits the cardinal sin of horror movies – it just isn’t scary. The film has a few good ideas and it’s quite well acted, but it fails to find its mark as a seminal shocker.
Riffing on The Wicker Man, the film sees a Pastor (James Tupper), his wife (Anne Heche) and his three children (Rebekah Brandes, Jennifer Stone and Carter Cabassa) move to the town of Stull, Kansas. However, thing aren’t what they seem (are they ever?). The town is involved with demons, curses, sacrifice and a whole lot of other mumbo-jumbo that takes far too long to get going.
The producing debut of former Guns In Roses guitarist Slash, Nothing Left To Fear feels like a below-par pilot episode of a supernatural teen drama – and it’s about as scary as one. The horror elements take a back seat to a dodgy teen romance, while the shocks come from a lot of CGI enhanced moments that seem to be inspired by the J-horror fad – which is over a decade old. This doesn’t feel fresh at all.
Nothing Left To Fear lacks a atmosphere, the cinematography is too crisp and the lighting is too bright to induce scares. Director Anthony Leonardi III makes some bizarre editing choices which hobble the film from the get-go. A bit of original never goes amiss in the horror genre and Leonardi (and the script) lacks creativity – maybe he should go back to his creature design day job – or at the very least tackle better material .
The only thing to fear is Nothing To Fear itself.