Recently, I, along with a vast number of people, have been hooked on a couple of documentaries – Making A Murder and the podcast Serial. I have heard of a third gripping true crime series called The Jinx, but have not yet managed to watch it, but I have seen The Fear of 13 and it belongs in the same category, with the same acclaim and the three aforementioned shows.
There are many people on Death Row in America that petition the courts to give them a Stay of Execution, overturn convictions and appeal decisions, all to lengthen their time left on Earth. Some of these people claim to be innocent, some don’t, but innocence is very rarely cut and dry, leaving most of us to never know the answers to some of the most brutal crimes in history. Where The Fear of 13 by David Singleton is different, in that it explores the story of Death Row inmate Nick, who t the start of filming has petitioned to court to allow him to be executed.
His story is not all that it seems though and as you progress through the film, listening to Nick and the events that landed him in prison, you are hit with profound questions about his case, his actions and his trial.
The Fear of 13 was filmed over four days and has more of a production than documentary feel to it, Nick is a compelling and engaging character that enters your life and challenges the preconceptions of his case. Nick is candid and provides a thrilling, psychological narrative that will have you glued to your screen for 95 minutes and like all good psychological thrillers, the ending comes with a twist, one that will shock and indeed shed new light over the whole case.
Available from 25th January on DVD and Blu-Ray courtesy of Dogwoof.