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Fear Island (2009) Review

Fear Island is a 2009 Canadian horror film directed by Sheldon Wilson and starring Hayley Williams, Kyle Schmid, and Luciana Carro. The film follows a group of friends who visit an island off the coast of Newfoundland, only to find themselves being hunted by a killer.

The film opens with a group of friends, including Hayley Williams, Kyle Schmid, and Luciana Carro, travelling to an island off the coast of Newfoundland. They are soon met by a killer, who begins hunting them one by one. The film then follows the friends as they attempt to escape the island and the killer.

Teenagers, isolated, drinking booze, having sex, getting murdered… Wow never seen this before. How many times do we need to see teens getting knocked, killed or slashed in movies before it gets boring? Fear Island is slightly different in that it’s not a straight slasher movie, it doesn’t have all the gore and nastiness that usually comes along with that genre. It’s probably closer to movies like I Know What You Did Last Summer, in that it tries to be more cerebral, it’s more the thinking man’s slasher/ murder mystery movie.

Scares and gore are really on the minimal side. This movie is not scary, although there was one part that had me jumping (i won’t spoil it). Gore wise i can’t remember anything worthy of note, just plain boring. The ‘grip’ with this movie lies in the mystery that it lays down and in the way it reveals it. The events on the island are being recalled upon by one of the survivors who’s been held in a psycho hospital, so it’s a retrospective movie. Some folks hate that, so worth bearing in mind if you choose to view it.

The speed or pacing of the movie is decent, it doesn’t take long for things to get going and for the mystery to build up and I’ve gotta say i personally really liked the ending. I saw it coming, although it worked out a little different than i thought it would, so I’d definitely say to any one watching this, stick it out till the end.

Made for TV murder movies aren’t usually my thing, but this movie is really quite good. if you like this kinda of movie then you should enjoy Fear Island to some extent. So I’m gonna recommend this one. Perhaps best watched with beer also…

The film is shot in a found footage style, which gives it a feeling of realism. The acting is also good, particularly from Hayley Williams and Kyle Schmid. The film’s biggest strength is its atmosphere, which is very creepy and makes the viewer feel like they are on the island with the characters.

Overall, Fear Island is a good horror film that is worth watching. It is well-made and has a great atmosphere.


When five college friends (Haley, Kayla, Nick, Abby and Garrett) travel to a remote island off the coast of Vancouver for a summer getaway, they quickly realize that they are not alone. A deranged killer is stalking them, picking them off one-by-one in a bloody massacre. As the body count rises and the survivors grow increasingly desperate, they must use all their ingenuity and courage to find a way off the island alive.

The film opens with a group of friends, Haley, Kayla, Nick, Abby and Garrett, packing their bags and heading to a remote island off the coast of Vancouver for a summer getaway. They arrive at the island and set up camp, exploring the area and enjoying the peace and quiet.

However, their idyllic vacation quickly turns into a nightmare when they start being stalked and picked off one-by-one by a deranged killer. With the body count rising and the survivors growing increasingly desperate, they must use all their ingenuity and courage to find a way off the island alive.

The film is a suspenseful thriller that will keep audiences on the edge of their seats from beginning to end. With a tense and suspenseful plot, excellent acting, and beautiful cinematography, Fear Island is a must-see for any fan of the thriller genre.

Movie Details

Director: Michael Storey
Writer: Jeff Martel
Actors: Lucy Hale, Haylie Duff, Kyle Schmid, Anne Marie deLuise
Release Year: 2009
AKA: Deep Cove