Wake in Fear aka All I Need – USA, 2016

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‘No clues. No hope. No escape.’

Wake in Fear – aka All I Need – is a 2016 American horror thriller feature film written and directed by Dylan K. Narang, making his feature debut.

The movie stars Caitlin Stasey (Fear, Inc.I, Frankenstein; All Cheerleaders Die), Leah McKendrick (The Last Lovecraft: Relic of Cthulhu) and Rachel Melvin (The RakeSleepwalkerZombeavers).

A young woman, Chloe (Caitlin Stasey), wakes bound and gagged in a dirty motel room. Disoriented, it only takes a moment to realise the horrifying situation she finds herself in.

 

The room is filled with other young women, not unlike her: beautiful, undressed, and bound. However, she’s the only one that wakes up – and the only one that can hide when the killer who’s set it all in motion comes to make his withdrawal from the room.

Concurrently, a man desperate for work, Andrew, takes a new job to provide for the daughter his estranged wife keeps from him. The new job pays plenty, but increasingly questions Andrew’s morals and will force him to ask how far he will go as his new “work” comes face-to-face with Chloe’s predicament…

Reviews:

“There are literally piles of dead bodies in this movie, and poor Caitlin Stasey has to sift through them, hide in them, move them… it’s all pretty disturbing. There are also a few good kill scenes which are pretty bloody, and a 10-minute sequence where young Ms. Stasey digs a finger into a hole in her body (not that one) in order to survive, which was cringe-inducing on a “holy shit” level.” The Horror Club

“Avoiding torture p*rn cliches in turn of a fairly tense cat and mouse game punctuated by sudden and brutal violence, the motel set portion is by far the best. But the parallel storyline does add a sense of mystery that we don’t normally get and I have to say, I was hooked. The film manages to be claustrophobic and mysterious all at the same time.” Elliott Maguire, UK Horror Scene

“Intelligent, darkly haunting, and marvelously macabre, All I Need dips its poisonous fingers into the legend of Erzsébet Báthory […] A dastardly foray into the blackest of black subject matter, All I Need is an enjoyable journey that sheds some blood while tackling the thriller genre with a healthy dose of horror, creating something wholly sophisticated and gorgeously gloomy.” Jeannie Blue, Cryptic Rock

” …there’s very little substance here. The killer wears this odd costume that looks like a hazmat suit from the ’50s, but there’s no explanation as to why, and we also never really get a sense of where these people are, how they were abducted or why some of them are alive and some are dead…” Adam Patterson, Film Pulse

“Though we know very little about her character, Caitlin Stasey does an excellent job of making the audience cheer for Chloe’s escape […] Providing a new twist on a familiar tale, All I Need shakes off a few moments of dullness to deliver an overall entertaining product, and a successful feature debut for Narang.” Blair Hoyle, Cinema Slasher

“One of the things I really loved about the film is the setting of the hotel room. It was dim and dreadful, and it really makes you feel claustrophobic. The struggle of trying to escape is heart racing. The tension is high, and the stakes are as well. The acting from both leads is enjoyable and the supporting cast in the film adds what depth they can with the short dialogue given.” Billy Cargo, Modern Horrors

“All but two women in the cast are clad in bras and boy shorts, yet All I Need doesn’t have the exploitive vibe of a typical T&A slasher. […] All I Need opens with intrigue before its legs buckle from the burden of fitting a circle A plotline into a B story hole.” Ian Sedensky, Culture Crypt

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Buy: Amazon.co.uk (English audio option)

Main cast:

  • Caitlin Stasey
  • Leah McKendrick
  • Rachel Melvin
  • Melanie Avalon
  • Jonathan Erickson Eisley
  • Sorel Carradine (daughter of Keith Carradine)
  • Markus Taylor (Deadheads)
  • JT Vancollie
  • Kevin Cassidy
  • Adrieanne Perez
  • Paul Louis Harrell
  • Erin Stack
  • Holly Twyford
  • Christie Swiss
  • Christina Thomas

Filming locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA
McLean, Virginia, USA

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