Wednesday 9 January 2013

DVD review: Fearmakers (2008)

Sarah (Debbie Rochon) is drawn to rural Germany, plauged by visions of her murdered sister. There, she meets paranormal investigators Sammy (Timo Rose) and Tom (Joe Davison), two friends determined to help her uncover the truth surrounding the brutal, unsolved slaying. As they dig deeper into the secrets surrounding the girl´s death, they uncover a violent web of betrayal, murder and ghoulish revenge.. from beyond the grave! Fearmakers is written by Jason Stewart and Timo Rose who also is the director.  The acting is pretty decent, it is nicely shot and edited. There are some quite good visuals in this. Fearmakers features better writing, more plot and more developed characters than many of the german independent horror flicks. That said there are a few ridiculous, unnecessary and misplaced attempts at comic relief in this. The pacing is pretty decent and the running time is just 69 minutes.... It´s violent ghost story and the kills are graphic but this isn´t as gory as Timo Rose´s other flicks. Most of the gore fx are practical but some of it is computer rendered. The visual fx are computer rendered and they look pretty bad. There is a scene featuring topless nudity courtesy of the gorgeous Debbie Rochon.
This review is based upon the region 1 DVD release from Under The Bed Films, it´s uncut and has english subtitles.
Rating: 1½ out of 7. Fearmakers is an obvious attempt from Timo Rose to appeal to mainstream horror fans but I´m afraid this fails to appeal to his regular fans due to less blood and gore than usual as well as the mainstream audience as it is probably to gory for them.


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