Echoes Of Fear - Echoes Of Fear( On-demand/ DVD) [Second Sight - 2020]Echoes of Fear is a 2018 film that moves from creepy J horror-to- tense thriller- and besides a few issues, it stands as one of the better-haunted house/ supernatural thriller in recent years. It features some good eerier atmospherics, well placed/ effective jump scares, and a neat hillside house setting.
Echoes Of Fear is an Irish production with a US setting- and is the 5th film written & directed by Brian Avenet-Bradley- who seemingly since the early 2000s has put out mainly horror films. The films certainly well shot, and the tension/ atmosphere is good- also the whole story nicely pulls you in too, which is always a big positive. What often doesnít quite come up to scratch is the acting, which is decidedly mixed- going from rather flat/ bland-to-passable, I know this can be an issue with B movie horror in general, but unfortunately, here it does at times it pulls the film down.
The film's plot finds young & timid woman Alisa(Trista Robinson) been given/ moving into her Grandfathers Hillside house- after he has supposable died of a heart attack. The plan is for her, and her rather shifting & uncaring boyfriend, to do up the place & resell it. But fairly soon Alisa starts seeing things- as first shadows, the darting sheets, then strange white figures- appearing from seemingly empty rooms & empty baths. Next door lives a seemingly kindly old man, who chain-smokes & drags around an oxygen tank- and he pops up ever so often to help. The film nicely builds its mystery & atmosphere- and along the way we get some neat J Ėhorror eerier-ness, well-timed & surprisingly effective jump scares, and later slightly twisted/ creepy thriller content.
So onto the less positive side of the film, and the main issue here is lead actress Trista Robinson- when we first see her she dropping key plot points in a deeply bland manner, and as we move into the film her bland & wooden acting deepens, itís not until far later in the film, when the more thriller side of things kick in, that she emotes any real emotion. The supporting cast largely doesnít fare well either- the boyfriend, though slightly less wooden is unlikable, her girlfriend who turn-up for a bit is equally bland, itís only the older neighbor who mangers to come across passable & believable. Iíve been a horror film fan for the last thirty-plus or so years, so Iím used to haphazard- to bad acting- but Ms. Robinson certainly sticks in my mind as one of the more wooden leads Iíve seen in some time. And this is a real pity, as around her is a good supernatural thriller, and one is kept held all the way through wondering how it will all resolve.
Iíd reviewed the film from an on-liner screener link- so canít comment on any extras on the finished disc. In conculsion itís clear Mr. Avenet-Bradley has a passion for horror and knows how the use the tropes in a rewarding & effective manner- itís just a pity that he couldnít have found a better leading lady, because if he had I feel it would have jumped from a two & a half/ three mark film, up to a four. Certainly, this is worth a look if you like eerier-to-tense enough supernatural thrillers, just be prepared for the acting. The films out on download/ on-demand 20th of July, with the DVD following on the 3rd of August from Second Sight Films.Roger Batty