BRING OUT THE FEAR (2021) Reviews and overview of forest horror

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‘It knows what scares you…’

Bring Out the Fear is a 2021 Irish horror film about a couple in a doomed relationship who decide to take one last walk together… in the local forest.

Written, directed and edited by Richard Waters (In a Stranger’s House; short: Video Nasty; Sodium Party). Produced by Alison Scarff.

The Weird Pretty Pictures stars Ciara Bailey, Brian Matthews Murphy, Tad Morari and James Devlin.


Rosie (Ciara Bailey) and Dan (Tad Morari) are a couple in a doomed relationship. Deciding to call it a day in the least acrimonious way possible, they decide to take one last walk in a favourite destination; the local forest.

However, the endlessly winding paths suddenly lead nowhere, the trees never seem to end, the sun never sets and a sinister presence starts stalking and tormenting them, trying to drive them insane. There is seemingly no escape but what exactly are they hiding from?



“Moves are borrowed from the Blair Witch playbook: strange forest symbols, temporal distortions, impossibly circular hikes. But Waters’ script throws up twists and obstacles at a breakneck pace, the film achieving moments of genuine tension as reality melts around the couple. As director, Waters succeeds in making a small area of woodland seem never-ending…” Electric Shadows

“A couple getting lost in the woods isn’t a new story to the world of horror, and yet somehow writer and director Richard Waters has managed to create a film that feels unlike its peers. Bring Out the Fear has a great aesthetic, generates a genuine foreboding atmosphere, and has two excellent central performances. An accomplished piece of work…” The Hollywood News

Bring Out the Fear works because the two central performances are spot-on – neither of these people is exactly bad, but they are bad for each other […] In the end, this is more about the horror the normals bring into the woods than the horrors they find there – which makes for a thought-provoking, quietly nerve-wracking picture.” The Kim Newman Website

Cast and characters:

Ciara Bailey … Rosie
Tad Morari … Dan
Brian Matthews Murphy … Trapped
James Devlin … Eric

Filming locations:

Wicklow, Ireland

Technical details:

87 minutes


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