Sarah suffers from reoccurring nightmares about her sister when she was brutally murdered and those who were involved. Wanting to find answers as to why, she flies to Germany where it all happened. Upon her arrival she is introduced to two paranormal investigators who want to help her solve the mystery. The time for them to solve the case is running short as all those involved in the incident are dying in gruesome ways by an unknown force.
I always thought it would be interesting to take a general horror movie concept and turn into a splatterfest. Even if the story or concept doesn't lend itself to that kind of a flick, just to see what the result would be. Low and behold Timo Rose does just that and takes what is essentially the vengeful ghost story made famous with the J-Horror trend, and puts a gore spin on it. So the question remains would a cheesy revenge-ghost movie become more watchable if it had excessive amounts of gore? Turns out, not really.
The story revolves around Sarah (played by Debbie Rochon) who feels guilty about her sisters death, and has regular nightmares about her sister and sees faces of people with her sister but doesn't know who they are. Through a series of connections she makes her way to Germany to meet up with two ghost hunters, Sammy and Tom, who try to help her. They're loosing suspects quickly as all of the people who knew Sarah's sister start turning up mutilated. As time progresses the attacks increase and become seemingly more violent and soon it isn't just those involved in the murder who are being attack, but anyone who stands in the way.
It isn't just the fact that the plot to "Fearmakers" is exactly like every single vengeful ghost movie to come out after "Ringu" that makes the movie predictable. In the very beginning of the movie, everything is explained. It tells us what's going on, who's involved, who's done what, and what's going to happen to those involved. If by chance that you aren't familiar with these kind of movies and making seem less predictable, it actually spoils everything for you. Leaving you to sit there and wait for all of these events to play out and unfold that you already know is going to happen but you also have to wait for the characters to catch up to you.
The story is shot to hell by the first quarter of the movie so all that leaves is the gore element to save it and being a German production, you kind of expect to see some good splatter. It certainly would have helped this boring movie be slightly more entertaining but surprisingly the gore never goes to far. Plenty of blood is spilled but as far as gore-gags go, the best thing you get out of "Fearmakers" is a slit throat. There are other things that happen, like some dismemberment, but these 'attack' scenes blow by so quickly and are pieced together with nothing but smash cuts. You never really get to see anything because it literally rushes thru these scenes in only a few seconds. You also won't see anything because you'll also be laughing at these scenes because they're so unbelievably cheesy. You don't really see an embodiment of the ghost until the end. Everything else has the characters being beaten and mutilated by an invisible force, which equates to the actors throwing themselves around like they're having a hissy fit while being covered in blood. It's at least entertaining in that aspect.
Honestly, I was really disappointed with this movie especially after watching some of Rose's other movies like "K7B Mutation" and "Rigor Mortis". So "Fearmakers" was quite a shock to the system because of how bad everything is. It's completely boring because you know this story, it has been done dozens of times before and this one doesn't deviant from that pattern. Even if the movie didn't do the completely stupid thing of giving away everything about itself in the beginning, a blind man could still see the reveals and the twists coming. The movie has nothing to give for entertainment value as the gore department is extremely lacking and that's the only other thing the movie has to offer you. Do yourself a favor and just skip this. Timo Rose has other movies to offer so pick one of those or go with a different director all together. Do you whatever you want as long as you avoid this movie.