The human mind is capable of a great many things. A person’s perspective on a particular situation can be amplified to extreme heights and be either a blessing or a curse. In the latest horror/thriller Phobia, the limits of one man’s mind are pushed to absolute breaking point. An indie film, through and through, Phobia has some very strong performances and a very original plot, though it may feel a tad familiar. The film’s lead actors do an admirable job here and the apparent shoestring budget actually helps the film significantly by adding a great sense of realism and grit.
Independent films are quickly becoming the new mainstream. Movies that feature amateur actors, relatively unknown filmmakers and low budgets are so commonplace that there are almost as much of them as there are standard Hollywood big budget productions. The indie psychological thriller Gut is a good example of this and while the film is full of indie-esque qualities, it could have very well been an expensive star-studded affair. The actors in it aren’t of the highest caliber and the direction is a bit underwhelming at times but the story is solid and the emotions the film elicits are pretty decent.