It’s day nineteen of my HALLOWEEN CHALLENGE where I have to see a horror movie a day during the month of October and write a short review for each one.
NIGHT FARE is a French horror movie directed by Julien Seri, who normally specialises in action films, and it is visible in this 2015 horror effort. The premise is intriguing enough: during their reunion in Paris, two friends skip the taxi fare, only to be stalked by the relentless taxi driver with a mania to kill. What should be a straightforward formula thriller is not what it seems, and the last 20 minutes shift the gear into a different direction, showing what happened in a different light... and not in a great way.
NIGHT FARE is basically one relentless chase thorough the seedy Parisian suburbs, and is entertaining enough. The cinematography resembles carefully constructed music video and the suspense, unfortunately, is never really there. The love triangle aspect of the story, however, is a terrible cliche.
I had great expectations of NIGHT FARE, as French do horror best, but this independent feature tries to borrow from too many other films, and then, as if remembering how important it is to be original, adds an ending that came form a completely different genre and undermines all that came before it.
SCORE OUT OF 5
SCARY SCORE: 👻
GORE SCORE: 🗡🗡🗡
FUN SCORE: 🎃🎃🎃