AS A PRELUDE TO FEAR (2021) Reviews and overview of British horror thriller



As a Prelude to Fear is a 2021 British horror thriller film about a young woman who is kidnapped and imprisoned in a dungeon-like basement.

Directed, designed, edited and scored by Steph Du Melo (C.A.M..) from a screenplay co-written with Jacob Coen and Roger Wyatt. Produced by Steph Du Melo and Antony Meadley.

The movie stars Lara Lemon (Chinese Burns; Deadly Intent), Francis Magee, Lucy Drive, Jamie Langlands (Dragonflies Only Live for 24 Hours; Under the Crystal Dome), Tom Clear, Melissa Hollett and Roger Wyatt.



“Despite the films low budget, it plays it safe with what it can do and never risks putting a suspension of disbelief as most mainstream horrors give. While not all performances are equal, at least Lemon and Wyatt give enough to hold the film together and the shocking realisation in the film’s closing moments is as a haunting reminder that the true horror is real.” Blood Guts UK

” …the movie casts way too much suspicion on the one character that anyone who has ever seen a thriller movie can predict that he is not the killer.  With no other suspects in mind, the killer’s identity becomes glaringly obvious who much so you’ll figure it out halfway into the movie. With the mystery gone, you now have to sit back and watch As a Prelude to Fear drag to the finish line.” Horror Facts

“If it wasn’t for the whole detective side of the movie this wouldn’t have been anywhere as near enjoyable as it was. Wyatt and Magee were such fun characters that they made what could have been a generic storyline actually pretty fun. It was a shame that the same couldn’t be said for the Eve storyline, it just never felt like she was in as much danger as the film would want you to believe.” The Rotting Zombie

“I found the confinement portion more exciting and evocative. The investigation subplot could’ve used a larger cast. As it is, it sometimes feels empty. As a Prelude to Fear is a rudimentary, plausible horror thriller, but it gets artsy with wild compositions and an ambitious score to punctuate.” Tales of Terror

” …As a Prelude to Fear is a big improvement over C.A.M. but it still just reaches the level of watchable. It might do if you’re in an undemanding mood and are one of those folk who like to hear British accents. But those looking for a mystery to work through while enjoying a thriller with elements of horror will probably find it lacking.” Voices from the Balcony

Cast and characters:

Francis Magee … DCS Barnbrook
Lara Lemon … Eve
Lucy Drive … D.S. Dobson
Jamie Langlands … Jamie Harris
Tom Clear … PC Benson
Melissa Hollett … Alex
Roger Wyatt … Giles Corcoran
Tom Clear … PC Benson
Peter Rayfield … Soco / CSI #2
Owen Llewelyn … PC Calloway
Catherine Meadley … Soco / CSI #3
Amelia Armande … Jo (as Amy Sutton)
Kevin Farmer … Police officer / SO19
Nicola Boreham … Cafe assistant
Amy Sutton … Jo
Joseph Aspin … Police officer
Persia Williams … Cello student
Peter Rayfield Snr … Policeman
Ron McMillan … Robert
Ian Cumberland … Police Sergeant


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