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Crime Screen Review: Naked Fear (2007)

March 31, 2011 at 10:07 am by  

I’m back with another Netflix Watch Instantly recommendation titled NAKED FEAR. Yeah, I know it sounds like a Steven Seagal movie, but this Canadian thriller starring Joe Mantegna (before his CRIMINAL MINDS stint) and a very naked Danielle De Luca, turned out being a pretty decent flick — if you skip the first 45 minutes.

A small town girl is forced to strip in a New Mexico shit-hole that also happens to be an active serial killer’s stomping grounds. A serial killer whose modus operandi is abducting prostitutes, then setting them free in the wilderness where he hunts them down like animals.

The film is based loosely off of American serial killer, Robert Hansen, who would hunt down prostitutes he’d abducted and set free into the Alaskan wilderness. This is one of the reasons why I even gave this film a shot and the fact that it’s directed by Thom Eberhardt, the man behind one of my guilty pleasures, 1984’s NIGHT OF THE COMET. Check out the trailer followed by a bit of my blurb-free rambling.

Ok, so maybe the trailer isn’t the best thing to show when trying to convince someone to give this movie a shot. It seems more successful at showing off  the film’s low-budget trappings that almost made me turn it off.

But trust me when I say that the film’s unsure footing eventually becomes more steady, picking up the pace somewhere around the halfway point. That’s when our lead heroine is set free, butt-nekkid, into the Alaskan wilderness, and NAKED FEAR magically turns into a pretty decent, low-budget thriller right before your eyes– and not just because of De Luca’s ass, as fine as it is.

It’s just a shame the first half of NAKED FEAR is just so awful and stuffed to the gills with horrible acting. Eberhardt takes too long to introduce all the characters while getting us to care about some dumb broad and her dumb decisions. She’s shown to be quite resourceful, her small town naivety being the cause of her getting tangled up in a shady stripping outfit, so it was too hard to buy that she was just that damn stupid. The people playing her handlers don’t do a good job of selling it either, never coming off as threatening or presenting any form of true menace that would leave me to believe De Luca’s character’s only option out of her situation involved sucking men’s dicks in alleys.

To add to this, the clunky dialog is delivered so awkwardly that I almost turned it off to go test my new removable shower head’s bidet capabilities, convinced I had been tricked into watching a Lifetime movie version of THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME. But I cannot lie, I had heard De Luca spends a good portion of the film in her birthday suit, and I can be described as a lot of things, but a man who passes up the chance to look at pretty women naked isn’t one of them.

When the film gets to that portion…the naked fear portion…I was treated to a naked De Luca alright, but I quickly realized I was also being treated to a pretty taut thriller. Some expository scenes back in the town break up the cat-and-mouse games a bit, but they do move the plot along and are pretty short. But seriously, once all the terrible dialog is no longer needed and Eberhardt is left to film De Luca being hunted, NAKED FEAR was kinda fun to watch and at one point, De Luca’s character comes across some campers, turned a little troublesome.

So if you get bored one night, check this one out and just skip past the first half and begin watching after the abduction of De Luca’s character. I’ve never watched a movie that changed in quality as drastically as this one does, so it’s tough to score. But overall, taking into consideration the decent last half and the fact I streamed this via Netflix, I’m giving NAKED FEAR two and a half seedy strip clubs out of five.

Rating: ★★½☆☆

Note: I wrote this a while back and never posted it because I’m slack like that, but it seems as if this is no longer available to watch instantly on Netflix. To be honest, since that’s the case at the moment, I couldn’t recommend wasting a DVD rental spot with this movie unless you just have nothing else better to watch, or are a serial killer movie completist like myself.

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  • Anonymous

    No wonder 90% of human males can’t get hard without violence. iI these skin flicks were always making gay men or african americans the victim ALL THE TIME, would they be made as much and accepted.

  • http://www.dreamindemon.com Morbid

    Huh? What? This isn’t a skin flick by any stretch of the imagination. There isn’t anything at all sexual about the movie and it’s based off a true case of a white man who killed a lot of white women in a similar fashion.

    As for your 90% of males not getting hard without violence comment, I don’t know what the hell you are doing wrong, but most males I know get hard simply thinking about sex.

  • Over The Rainbow

    You might want to watch the movie before you go jumping to conclusions. Personally, I have seen it, and it’s pretty messed up. Unless your really messed up (theres plenty like that out there) you’re not going to find it arousing. This guy is brutal, most of the movie is about a woman who is known for her wild lifestyle being driven to the middle of nowhere, forced to strip and humiliated, then hunted by a sadistic outdoorsman killer. The guy is a real sadistic SOB, maybe others like him get turned on by watching this movie, but I found myself just hoping she would escape.

    Anyway, if you are a woman (which I’m assuming) and 90 percent of the males you are with can’t get hard without some other kind of stimulation, then you must be really ugly and doing something seriously wrong! Maybe get nice and cleaned up, then try stripping your man down and start with some old fashioned stroking and some head. I could go on, but I would probably be wasting my time.

  • Anonymous

    damn, you’re exactly right when you say it looks like a lifetime movie. No fucking thanks. I quit watching lifetime bs when I stopped being five years old and figured out how to take the remote from my mom.

  • Anonymous

    damn, you’re exactly right when you say it looks like a lifetime movie. No fucking thanks. I quit watching lifetime bs when I stopped being five years old and figured out how to take the remote from my mom.

  • http://www.dreamindemon.com Morbid

    I’m telling you, if you are able to watch it for free, skip the first 45 minutes and watch the rest. The last half isn’t bad. Kind of an R-rated version of CRIMINAL MINDS or some similar show.

  • Anonymous

    Don’t feel bad, there are bird brain cunts who love the movies on lifetime too lmao

    I was in a mood, and like the one poster stated, striped them, humiliated them etc. What is the need for nude and or victimized women that gets this nation pumped?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PKSJ42VBXNAFJLOH54Y3K4KTXU Heather Habilatory

    I’ll use small words so you understand.

    This movie. Based on TRUE STORY. So these things. Really happened.

    If you still do not understand, go back to kindergarten and start over. Thanks.

  • Parrot Toes

    I think you misunderstood what julietandvoid was saying. She wasn’t questioning the validity of the events, she was just pointing out that people seem to enjoy others suffering. Like a story isn’t exciting unless a woman is humiliated as much as possible.

  • Parrot Toes

    I think you misunderstood what julietandvoid was saying. She wasn’t questioning the validity of the events, she was just pointing out that people seem to enjoy others suffering. Like a story isn’t exciting unless a woman is humiliated as much as possible.

  • Parrot Toes

    That’s how I took this comment any way.

  • Athena

    The same thing about dead and abused children that gets us pumped up. That which scares and disgusts us fascinates us. It’s why the horror genre is the biggest selling genre in Hollywood. It’s why writers like Stephen King and Ann Rule are top sellers.

    In regard to women being victimized, art imitates life. What seems realistic to us is particularly enticing. Especially when it comes to movies based on real events, it allows us to identify and sympathize, perhaps more so than fiction… which is ultimately what we look for in this kind of entertainment.

  • http://twitter.com/Q_Jordon Quintin Jordon

    I go hard watching the red-head. Violence had every little to do with my arousal. She was hot – the movie sucked chunks in a bad way. I saw this by accident late one night on some premiere channel. She kept me interested – that hot wanton red-head.