Movie Review: Fear Pharm (2020)

September 14, 2020

Written by DanXIII

Daniel XIII; the result of an arcane ritual involving a King Diamond album, a box of Count Chocula, and a copy of Swank magazine, is a screenwriter, actor, artist, and reviewer of fright flicks…Who hates ya baby?

Hershel (John Littlefield) offers a gaggle of teens a fabulous cash prize if they make it through his lil’ ol’ corn maze in two hours time.

Seems like easy money… except Hershel is a psycho killer qu’est-ce que c’est, and so are his hulking brutish sons and freak-ass daughter (Aimee Stolte), and as you lot well and truly know; the family that slays together stays together… and those teens are number one on their “must kill” list!

Thankfully for this fright flick, those teens; Brandon (Houston Stevenson), Wendy (Emily Sweet),  Rustin (Chris Leary), and Melanie (Tiana Tuttle) by name, are a damn personable crowd, so we actually give a fuck or two whether they make it through the ordeal with all of their various pieces intact.

Also of note is the excellent mounting tension this flick provides. Things move at a brisk pace, and the stalk n’ slay games keep you on the edge of your seat, and that sprawling corn maze is a hell of an effective set piece that gives the affair an extra layer of claustrophobia and dread… especially since their are costumed goofs populating it’s environs, as well as the actual mass murdering crazies mentioned above and one never knows which they are going to encounter!

Additional pluses on the scorecard are plentiful (and well done) gore, and a satisfying reason why all of this is going down.

One of the better neo-slasher fright flicks, Fear Pharm is a hell of a joltin’ jaunt into our beloved horror biz, and shouldn’t be missed by you boils n’ ghouls looking to well and truly satisfy your slash tooth!




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