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Fear Itself: “The Sacrifice” – 7

Director – Breck Eisner

Cast – Jeffrey Pierce, Jesse Piemons, Rachel Miner, Mircea Monroe, Stephen Martinez, Reamonn Joshee, Michelle Molineux, Bill Baksa, Walter Phelan

Release Year – 2008

Reviewed by John of the Dead

The first ever episode of Fear Itself, this would have been a very enjoyable series if every entry was as good as this one. Directed by Breck Eisner (The Crazies remake) and written by series-creator Mick Garris, this entry gives us many elements that I enjoy, including some positive creature horror for a TV film. It was not amazing, but this is one of the few episodes that I truly enjoyed from the series.

When four criminals on the run experience car trouble on a rural road they take refuge in a snow-covered for occupied by three alluring women carrying a dark secret.

Well Mick Garris did not deliver a story I have not seen before but he included several of the elements I enjoy seeing in horror. For starters, he kicked things off with the four criminals on the run from committing a crime we are never made aware of, only for them to find horrors they never expected after thinking they could easily take advantage of the nice girls residing in the fort. Eventually we learn that the secret the girls are hiding has to do with feeding unsuspecting humans to a heinous creature that has plagued their family for generations – the only way for them to keep the creature at bay (remind you of Blood Creek?). I enjoy story ideas invilving sacrifice to this naturally appealed to me, but what appealed to me the most was the creature element that eventually erupted during the film’s third act. This was a simple story but also an effective one that simply got the job done.

Director Breck Eisner made the most of Garris’ story by executing every element in a posiitve manner. The initial feeling of dread prevailing over the film erupted into a horrific experience that I wish every Fear Itself episode provided. I really enjoyed the sets and locations used and found that they aided in the dreadfully untrusting feel I received, and they made for good creepy atmosphere as well. The acting performances were also up to par and did not mimic the performances in lesser entries. Most importantly, Eisner’s execution of the horror sold the film. He manages to keep the tension high before the real goods kick in and when things finally do get going he gives us high intensity creature action that came with good scares and live-action gore in one of the few good entroes in the Fear Itself series.

Overall, “The Sacrifice” is an enjoyable entry into the Fear Itself series that provides good horror in a solid effort from Breck Eisner.

Rating: 7/10

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