Marcus is not having a good day. He never seems to have a good day. He has to smash in his rear window just to get out of his Volkswagen Beetle, having parked it too close between two other cars. He has to do all the dirty work in the office, while his spoiled rich kid colleague cooks the books for profit and shamelessly flirts with all his female co-workers. He’s attracted to his next-door neighbor who gets beaten and cheated upon by her boyfriend, but she doesn’t want to leave him. And he gets robbed at knife-point right outside his apartment building. Marcus manages to take the knife and chase away his attacker, but not before he gets stabbed in the shoulder. The incident awakens something dark in Marcus. He becomes a man with a mission, determined to set right all the injustice done to him. But ones the blood starts flowing, there’s no going back.

Uptake Fear is the brainchild of two Brazilian directors, Armando Fonseca and Kapel Furman. Fonseca’s shorts have garnered more than 20 awards at film festivals all over the world and Furman has made a name for himself as one of Brazil’s foremost special effects guru’s, having provided the necessary gore and blood for films such as Embodiment of Evil and Yellow Mango. In Uptake Fear, we’re invited to witness the rising of a psychopath as he loses control of his reality and his fears. Furman and Fonseca deliver an impressive calling card, full of striking imagery and top-notch sfx work. Can somebody please call Guillermo del Toro?

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