Nothing Left To Fear
Director: Anthony Leonardi III
Writer: Jonathan W.C. Mills
Stars: Anne Heche, James Tupper, Ethan Peck
Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Region: Region 2
DVD Release Date: 17 Feb 2014
Run Time: 96 minutes
Sometimes the title of a movie says everything you’ll need to know about what you’re going to experience for the 90 minutes or so. In this case “Nothing to Fear At All” would have been even more appropriate of a title.
A family sets out to better their life by moving from the city to god’s country, more specifically, Stull, KS. This would lead viewers to believe the movie is loosely based on the “Stull, KS Legned” (http://www.weirdus.com/states/kansas/stories/gateway_to_hell/) I’d suggest, loosely based, at best. As the usual setup goes, not everything is as seems in the tiny town in the country.
A simple, yet solid setup is quickly mired by familiar gimmicks. The biggest disappointment I had with this movie is just how by-the-numbers it ends up being. The town of Stall, KS contains a seal to the underworld that once a year opens for the devil (or perhaps a demon?) to reign terror. A sacrifice must be made for the devil to use as his vessel and another sacrifice must be made in order to send the devil back to hell at the end of his night of carnage. Throughout the movie we get hints that this annual ritual has taken place for many years. Unfortunately also just as many questions (why are so many of the townsfolk remaining in the town?)
Are you a fan of the “creepy black-stretchy-face ghost” that is used on every dime store low-budget netflix supernatural recommendation? I hope so, because that is pretty much the extent of “scare-factor” you are going to get from this movie. In fact, it is used so early on and often that by the time the third act hits you are probably wondering why the characters themselves are still afraid of it anymore.
Perhaps the most perplexing aspect of the movie is the absolute waste of an actress of Anne Heche’s caliber. She is given so little to do as a character that you’ll likely often forget she is even in the movie. The rest of the cast is okay, including a standout performance by Clancy Brown as a conflicted Pastor Kingsman who reluctantly does what he does for the sake of the town’s survival.
Nothing Left to Fear will have you telling others “Nothing to See Here” which is a shame, because for the first half hour or so of the movie I felt like there was some real potential for this to elevate itself. In the end, this feels like covered ground with nothing memorable enough to set itself apart from a dozen similar movies you’ve seen already and that are likely on the near horizon. The was the first film from Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash’s Slasher Film.