ARTIFACTS OF FEAR **** UK 2023 Dir: Rusty Apper. 110 mins
From Red Zodiac Films and Rusty Apper comes ARTIFACTS OF FEAR, a 3 part horror anthology.
My favourite segment of the three is easily the first one, as a young woman is terrorised by a serial killer that has been terrorising the city. It just so happens that she is working on the case. The storyline was quite frustrating at times as she irritatingly made stupid mistakes. It is a great slasher and could easily become a feature – I would definitely give it a watch!
Each segment is a decent length, allowing the audience to really get to grips with each storyline. It was nice not to feel like the segments were rushed, as is so often the case with anthology horrors.
The second segment focuses on the supernatural as a man becomes haunted by a demon. It completely differs from the first storyline as there is less of a realistic threat. Some of the cinematography was excellent – especially the backwards travel down the river.
The third segment didn’t really grip me as well as the other two segments. The segment focuses on a man who unleashes evil from a cursed book. The acting from all was good but it didn’t draw me in as well as the other two had.
The wrap around, starring Laurence R. Harvey (Video Shop Tales Of Terror and Human Centipede 2 and 3) who is as creepy as usual. He has a way of making any dialogue seem menacing. The pirate telling the stories reminded me of the fortune teller machine from BIG (1988). Surely the lads should have known nothing good could have come from it!
Overall the film manages to hit most sub-genres of horror thanks to a broad variety of subjects. It was highly enjoyable.
Review by Poppy Blundell
BayView Entertainment have released ARTIFACTS OF FEAR on VOD including Amazon Prime Video