Movie Review - Le Fear II: The Sequel
When I read director Jason Croot's description of Le Fear II: Le Sequel, I wasn't quite sure what to make of it. Horror... comedy... mockumentary? I had absolutely no idea how the three could be rolled into one film without causing a massive train wreck, until I sat down and watched it. And I have to say, I was completely blown away by the execution. The film finds its' balance between extremely dry wit and over-the-top silliness, and somehow manages to walk that tightrope confidently. The movie is equal parts Lost in La Mancha, Waiting for Guffman, and The Office (UK Version) and somehow it all works. The film is set for release in the UK this summer, so keep your eyes out for it. We'll keep you posted as to when you'll be able to see it here in the States.
When independent writer Carlos Revalos approaches producer Dirk Heinz about financing a feature length horror film that he wants to direct, he is thrilled to hear that he is interested. Though he soon learns that there is a catch, and that the production company's 'ten-million dollar' investment is dependent upon a half-million dollar up-front investment of his own money. But when he shows up to begin production, it becomes clear that he is being scammed by Dirk Heinz's Nollywood Productions and faux-film producer Efi Womonbongo. And what unfolds from there is an absurdly funny comedy-of-errors where absolutely everything that can go wrong, does go wrong.
The cast does an amazing job of bringing the characters to life, with some veering into caricature territory, making for some uproarious laughs. Seye Adelekan (Efi) and Andrew Tiernan (Dirk) embrace the ridiculousness of their roles with bravado, while Kyri Saphiris (Carlos) and Hadrien Mekki (Jaques) manage to keep the other characters grounded while still providing plenty of their own laughs. In fact the entire ensemble is on point, but for me, Victoria Hopkins (Queenie) nearly steals the film. Every second that she appears onscreen drips with ribald humor and aggressive sexuality, and it never gets old.
I really want to commend Jason, as both a writer and director. The script is absolutely outrageous and totally hilarious. I see influences ranging from Monty Python to Ricky Gervais, and yet the script has a voice that is completely original. He keeps the laughs coming at a rapid-fire pace and continues to pile on the insanity, and the fact that he is able to bring the comedy to life only speaks to his talent as a director. I sincerely enjoyed the film, and would highly recommend it to everyone. We'll keep you posted on the US release date... but if you're in the UK look for Le Fear II: Le Sequel on June 11th. Cheers.
- Leo Francis