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THE FARE (2018)

Directed by D.C. Hamilton
Written by Brinna Kelly
Starring Gino Anthony Pesi, Brinna Kelly, Jason Stuart

The less you know about THE FARE going into it the better as a lot of its charm relies on the slow surprises shared between a cabbie named Harris (Gino Anthony Pesi) and his fare Penny (writer Brinna Kelly) as they make their way across a vast desert on a long journey. While the setup is as simple as they come, the story soon goes into TWILIGHT ZONE and even fantastical places by the time it all wraps up. But I don’t want to reveal any more than that to save some absolutely heart-wrenching and heart-warming moments.

Instead I’ll talk about the wonderful performances from the two stars Pesi and Kelly. The back and forth between these two characters make one gradually fall for them as they fall for one another. Though both are attractive people, it’s the personality that comes from a character-driven script and talented acting that really makes you root for these star crossed lovers. While the locale doesn’t change much from the interior of the cab, the film still manages to be exciting watching these actors do their thing.

There is a Serling-esque bent to this film that makes it feel right at home in a horror review. Though there are no jump scares or spooky mansions or snarling monsters, the feel is definitely paranormal. As things unfold, the mysteries begin to clear up and the fantasy elements play out in a logical and enchanting manner. All in all, the whole thing is not the type of film I usually review, but it is a refreshing change of pace from the usual slasher fare.

THE FARE is one of the most charming films I’ve caught in a while. The cast won me over and the mystery of what exactly is happening lead my interests all the way to an ending that really tugged at my heartstrings. THE FARE isn’t going to scare you, but its off kilter cinema enough to entertain both those who like horror and those who only like the dangle a pinky toe into the supernatural from time to time. Not all films have to be spattered in blood. Variety is the spice of life and while it might not necessarily be a horror film, THE FARE is a great film nevertheless.

WARNING: The trailer gives a little too much away, so I’d avoid it if you really want to view this one unspoiled.