Just in time for Halloween week, FEARnet launched its much-anticipated horror web series Fear Clinic today. After whetting appetites back in July at Comic-Con, the Robert Englund (Freddy from the Nightmare on Elm Street films) led thriller centers around a brilliantly creepy Dr. Andover (Englund) and his unlisted clinic for curing lifelong phobias.
Director Robert Hall, who comes from the world of visual effects, is a newcomer to web series. His Almost Human effect shop was called on to produce the complex makeup and creature effects so far unseen in a web original. ”This looks like a nasty little Cronenberg film made for the web,” said Englund during our recent interview with him, referencing the venereal horror master.
“Fear is the little death that consumes you,” warns Dr. Andover in the opening episode (above) to an uneasy Lucas Till. Till plays Brett, a young guy looking to get over his hydrophobia (fear of water) in order to score his inheritance. Other episodes, all penned by Aaron R. Drane, will try to shake out a handful of other fears we all might have—scotophopia (fear of the dark), and entomophobia (fear of insects), to claustrophobia (fear of small spaces) and misophobia (fear of being contained with germs or dirt).
The five-episode series is FEARnet’s seventh web original, and it aims to break past the success of its past stabs at web glory—30 Days of Night: Dust to Dust, Buried Alive, Stream and The Dark Path Chronicles. The online and VOD network boasts some 340 million total streams of its video series and full-length horror films, much of that coming from a plum placement on parent company Comcast’s on-demand cable lineup. Still, the distribution reach of FEARnet is sizable, especially for targeting a genre such as horror, which continues to be its bread and butter.
Joining Englund are Kane Hodder (Jason from Friday the 13th) and scream queen Danielle Harris (Halloween 2). “To have Robert Englund and Kane Hodder on board for our new series is exciting…both for us and for horror lovers everywhere,” said Diane Robina, President of FEARnet.
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