Sunday, October 17, 2010

Fear Itself: Community - 3.5/5

Director: Mary Harron (famous for "American Psycho")

A young couple has been trying for a child for some time. With a little help, they find a secluded community based on ‘family values’ and get a sweet deal to move into a wonderful house there. As their time there passes, they discover that there is a dark and disturbing side to this supposedly perfect community. Now the couple are trying to get out and they just may die trying.

Although this story has seemingly been done before (I once read a pretty silly but fun novel by Bentley Little that uses the exact concept), it was nice to see it on film. The lead couple are well established and the acting is fairly consistent between the two and it makes their plight all the more vigilant. There is a little bit of a dark humorous side to the episode, just look at what the director was famous for, so expect that cause it took me by surprise a bit. Despite a little awkwardness in plot here and there, the only major complaint there is with “Community” is the oddly placed and fairly poorly edited in time cards to show us how much time has passed. Although they were probably necessary they do come off as oddly timed. This episode is a fun one though and one of the better ones I’ve seen in the “Fear Itself” series. 

Written By Matt Reifschneider

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