Loved this show- FASCINATING!!! I'm a horror-junkie so this was right up my alley! I especially love scary movies that claim to be based on "True Stories"and always have my suspicions as to HOW TRUE those claims really are! Well I am glad I found "Real Fear" because this show takes those supposed claims to task- investigating the facts behind the real stories, exploring the real locations, interviewing the actual victims & even delving into the police reports on record to get the real scoop! This show does an excellent job comparing and contrasting the films with the true stories, using actual movie clips, juxtaposed against the real photos & news coverage which I found very compelling. I especially loved the "Amityville Horror" and "Mothman" investigations because those are two of my favorite films in the genre. I also enjoyed the investigative team of four who were serious about getting the real stories out but also seemed like relateable, REAL people...
There are some very good parts, particularly towards the beginning with the Amityville Horror. There is also a fair amount of legwork and interviewing that went on, and it would have made for a substantial documentary if it were shorter.
The problem with it is that it is watered down a lot. There are many of the same borderline annoying cinematographic elements, like having the crew walk toward the camera with a bridge in the background, then disappearing... Some of the more annoying things are: the "creepy" music, the use of shot changes and a plethora of suspenseful sound effects in an effort to make an otherwise uneventful evening walk feel suspenseful.
About 30% of this documentary you will watch TWICE. That's because there are spots for commercials, and when there is a commercial break (there are no actual commercials in Amazon Prime), the documentary restarts by repeating the prior 2 minutes of action. Towards the end, the commercial breaks become...
This is the kind of thing I watch to fall asleep, and it did that job for me. It was interesting to learn that there is a back story for many classic horror movies, but Real Fear doesn't give you much more information than that.
If you are a true crime insomniac who is trying to cut the cord, this is a good Prime title for you.
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