If you call yourself ‘Slash’ surely it’s only a matter of time until you get involved in horror.
So when the former Guns and Roses guitarist got on board with Nothing Left To Fear, people sat up and took notice. This was probably partly because he has always looked a bit creepy, but also because it’s always interesting to see if a pro musician can be equally as good in a different field.
Nothing Left To Fear starts out rather unexceptionally, as yet another family travels the vast roads of America in their SUV on their way to a new life in a curious new town. The teenagers are inevitably unhappy at having to leave their friends and the luxuries of city life behind them. But once they’ve picked their new bedrooms in their new big, white, picket fenced house they soon turn their attention to things like boys, fitting in and wondering why creepy townsfolk keep looking at them funny.
As is often the case, said townsfolk have plans for the newcomers, and even though the patriarch is to be the new pastor and pillar of the community, that’s not going to stop them from committing evil acts to ensure their safety. For the greater good etc etc.
After a fair amount of waffle masquerading as character introduction and back story, freaky things happen like terrifying, vivid dreams, and curious objects appearing in food intended for the family members.
And as the conspiracies intensify, things start to look increasingly bad for the new arrivals and the rituals begin, instigating the arrival of a dark being hell bent on devouring them.
Nothing Left To Fear is inspired by the legend of Stull, a town in America that is said to be the gateway to hell. The idea of making a film about such a place sounds great, but somewhere along the way, this great idea turned into just another film about a suspicious cult following town that wants to sacrifice newcomers.
There are a few problems with Nothing Left To Fear and one of them is the special effects. Remember when the big thing in horror was black, hollowed out eyes, long stretched mouths, creepy oozing black matter and jerky body movements as seen in countless Asian horror films? Well, for Nothing Left To Fear, all of these things are still scary, cool and definitely worth relying on for scares.
Unfortunately though, for any audience members that have seen these devices used, abused and used some more over the last 10 years, these effects are tiresome predictable and disappointing, even if they are a little smoother and more realistic using current technology.
Similarly, the new family in town is far too trite. You’ve seen the same people so many times before that it’s near impossible to care what happens to them. Even the heroine, Rebecca fails to make an impression, regardless of her decent acting ability and fondness for tight fitting vests.
Worse still, seasoned performers Anne Heche and Clancy Brown fade into mediocrity as the flabby script and stale ideas engulf them.
It’s far from being the worst horror film, but considering its relatively high profile it’s hard to understand why it really doesn’t seem to have anything new to offer us.
The title is indubitably apt as after seeing countless other films just like this one, there really is ‘nothing left to fear’ here.