Dark Side of the Web: “In Fear Of” Web Series


The web series has been around for quite awhile now, evolving into a legit alternative to the cookie-cutter crime shows and reality TV crap that has poisoned network television.  What’s really exciting is how many horror filmmakers are beginning to embrace this format. The most recent of these to come my way is In Fear Of , a series that explores various phobias.

From the press release:

In Fear Of is a web based anthology horror series of six short films, all dealing with phobias. Directed by Scott W. Perry (INSATIABLE, SOMETHING JUST), Jeremiah Kipp (THE POD, CONTACT), and Mike Polizzi (DEAD DRUNK), In Fear Of features genre staples Debbie Rochon, Suzi Lorraine, and Raine Brown.”

Each segment is between 6 and 11 minutes, and they vary considerably in style. Most of the segments are presented in an ‘experimental’ fashion, designed to evoke the feelings that someone experiences with a particular phobia. These segments eschew any kind of spoken dialog, and rely on powerful visuals rather than employing more traditional storytelling.

Two of the segments, the first and last, are more conventional narratives, and even though I enjoyed all six, these two were my favorites. Below is a description of each segment, along with links so that you can watch the complete series.

Monophobia: Fear Of Being Alone stars scream queen icon Debbie Rochon as a desperately lonely woman and David Marancik (RAZOR DAYS) as her dinner date who realizes that she is the date from hell. The episode was written by Rochon, Marancik, and Scott W. Perry and directed by Perry. You can view Monophobia directly here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uo43cHy4_WQ

Podophobia: Fear Of Feet stars Xiomara Cintron and Alejandro Santoni as a young couple whose foreplay turns deadly when he accidentally triggers a traumatic experience from her childhood. The episode was written and directed by Jeremiah Kipp. You can view Podophobia directly here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzAW4CG3aG0

Selenophobia: Fear Of The Moon stars Louisa Ward as a young woman whose night time encounter in the woods turns horrific and Mike Lane (INSATIABLE) as her husband forced to make a difficult decision as a full moon rises. The episode is written and directed by Mike Polizzi. You can view Selenophobia directly here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGMjKXUDniY

Thanatophobia: Fear Of Death stars Suzi Lorraine (WON TON BABY) as a hard partying actress and Damien Colletti as her dealing boyfriend who wakes up in a cemetery while reflecting on life choices. The episode is written and directed by Scott W. Perry. You can view Thanatophobia directly here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FV9xibtoDTs

Apehephobia: Fear Of Being Touched stars Kelly Rae LeGault in a surreal film about a woman’s horrific nightmare of being followed and touched by a series of faceless hands. The episode is written and directed by Jeremiah Kipp. You can view Apehephobia directly here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHtUF1UPSHk

Achluophobia: Fear Of The Dark stars Raine Brown as a woman stuck in a blackout surrounded by candles in her apartment prepared for a quiet evening which turns to terror when the candles begin to blow out one by one. The episode is written and directed by Scott W. Perry. You can view Achluophobia here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgPCOZ1AALc


About Dave_P

Dave_P studied fine arts and film history and is a graphic and web designer, and a diehard movie fan. David has been involved with a variety film festivals including the Cinephile Film Festival, the PRIDE Film festival, and the Manhattan Short Film festival, and is currently the director of the Dark Carnival Film Fest in Bloomington, Indiana. (www.darkcarnivalfilmfest.com)

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