Fear Eats the Seoul

By Brett Mullins

Released: 2011

Written and Directed by Nick Calder

Fear Eats the Seoul is a unique take on the apocalypse film. Four American English teachers band together in a one room apartment in Seoul, South Korea waiting for answers to the demonic plague that has overrun the country.

In essence, Fear Eats the Seoul is a zombie or 'infected' film; however, its ‘demons’ are quite a bit scarier. Compared to brain dead zombies that lumber around and overwhelm their prey, these creatures feature Nosforatu-esque fingers, emit terrible, inhuman screams, and effectively hunt their prey. 

The production quality and sound is excellent. According to an interview with Calder, all of the footage had to be dubbed over in post production as a result of background noise. This gives the film a unique feel on top of its already unique premise. 

With the exception of the lead role, the acting is great. Amber Green portrays a bitter, confused woman that is either angry or apathetic. Her character did not fill the shoes of this role well. 

While the straightforwardness of the film is one of its strongest elements, the action sequences feature several fast cuts that makes the story difficult to follow. This is such a problem that it is only after the fact that they audience can piece together what just happened.

With that being said, Fear Eats the Seoul is an unique apocalyptic tale that is a bit rough around the edges but features excellent core elements.

Rating: 6/10

This Film was screened at the 2012 HorrorQuest Film Festival. 

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