Fearter rating: 7.5/10
An entertaining movie which, like Tim Curry's Pennywise straddling the library handrail, sits on the fence between comedy and horror.
Review (no spoilers)
It's hard to categorise this film, it doesn't go too far into the comedy genre (well not that I noticed), nor does it venture wholeheartedly into horror. Thankfully the balance is just about right for those wanting entertainment.
Luckily for me, I didn't have any preconceptions before watching this movie as I'd never heard of it. And I didn't even know I was going to be watching it because my wife chose it. This helped, because if I knew that I was going to be watching a horror comedy about a rich druggy layabout which stars someone from Neighbours, I probably would have expected it to be rubbish. But I'm pleased to say that it isn't!
The film is about a company which runs somewhat over-the-top and elaborate horror experiences for people who are tired of the usual haunted houses etc. A rich couple, who seemingly have no job or obvious talents, invite their friends around for a party - however the male star of the film becomes a customer of Fear, Inc.
This film is definitely one for horror fans with movie references a plenty and some mild scares. It's entertaining, well paced, not ridiculous and sort of amusing in a couple of places (the funny bits could have been funnier). The acting is quite good, from the main cast anyway, and the ending makes sense. I wasn't a big fan of the ending but it made sense and wasn't ridiculous.
All in all this is worth a watch if you happen across it on a streaming site or TV. I'm not sure it's worth buying, but then what is in this crazy world of ours. As with life, if you go in with a positive attitude, are looking for fun with hope in your heart, you'll have a good time. (I'm sorry I seem to have something in my eye!)