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  • Actors: Stephen Dorff, Natascha McElhone, Stephen Rea, Udo Kier, Amelia Curtis
  • Directors: William Malone
  • Writers: Holly Payberg-Torroija, Josephine Coyle, Moshe Diamant
  • Producers: Andrew Stevens, David Saunders, Elie Samaha, Frank Hübner
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Colour, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Jan. 2003
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 1.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007G1ZB
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 190,600 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Fear Dot Com


Fear Dot Com is a total-dot-mess, but at least it's a stylishly graphic frightfest that die-hard horror buffs will probably appreciate. As he did with his 1999 remake of House on Haunted Hill, director William Malone favours trippy atmosphere at the expense of acting, character development and plot. Belatedly jumping on the Internet-thriller bandwagon, the film follows a brooding detective (Stephen Dorff) and a public-health inspector (Natascha McElhone) as they investigate the deadly influence of the titular website, which channels the innermost fears of its visitors until they die of fright 48 hours later. Why 48 hours? Don't ask; Josephine Coyle's screenplay is as incoherent as Malone's grasp of narrative momentum, leaving Dorff and McElhone with little to do but look frightened and doomed. But Fear Dot Com has its moments, especially after mad doctor Stephen Rea's gruesome villainy is fully revealed, and the proceedings take on the monochrome pallor of silent German expressionism. Too bad these fantastic visuals weren't servicing a better movie. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 Feb. 2004
Format: DVD
It's hard to see how Fear Dot Com could be anything less than spectacular - until you actually watch it, that is. I love the idea of this film, and there are plenty of intriguing aspects to the storyline, but unfortunately none of these inspirations is ever truly explored, and the ending is a complete mess that only spreads the questions and confusion generated by the film in all manner of confused directions. It's akin to watching a criminal in the old days being drawn and quartered; your excitement at watching it turns to disgust and dismay once you see the mess left after the film is pulled in so many directions all at once.
Even the opening death scene is problematic. You have this weird guy somehow standing in a subway station that is miraculously empty, only to get himself killed after seeing a creepy girl in white playing on the tracks; the guy seemed to have reached a safe spot only to jump back in front of the train for no apparent reason. Stephen Dorff plays Mike Reilly, the lead detective in the case, and he is joined by Terry Huston from the Department of Health (Natascha McElhone) because the victim apparently began bleeding from his eyes before he was killed. Huston's initial suspicions of an Ebola-type virus are soon disproved, yet she somehow manages to stay on the case and be treated like a bonafide detective by the whole department. Some other people die in a similar manner, including Terry's boss, and it turns out that the only thing the victims had in common was a recent visit (exactly two days before their time of death) to a certain web site. As all of this is going on, we see the handiwork of "the Doctor" and get to enjoy a few peeks at his web site; what this guy does is to torture victims online while other sickos watch, killing them only when they beg for death.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By raven_guest on 21 July 2007
Format: DVD
This review will contain spoilers so don't read if this bothers you.

This film is a complete ring rip off and not a good one either, there are several scenes that could have been straight out of ring with different actors;
-Scene where body found in water.
-Finding body doesn't end curse.

The whole film felt like several other movies that had been ripped off and it was done badly. I didn't care about the leads, or any of the characters, apart from the cat lol. The leading lady was a terrible actress, no one seemed too bothered when bad things happened.
Avoid unless you find this very cheap.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Kerr TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 May 2006
Format: DVD
Directed by William Malone, Fear Dot Com - with its tag line on the back of the DVD cover "One Click And You're Dead" looked and sounded like it would be a brilliant horror thriller. Further enforced by the fact that it stars Blade's Stephen Dorff, I was expecting an exciting and slick film that would be well worth the watch. Unfortunately (due to the reasons detailed below) Fear Dot Com fails completely, and has since earned a place on my "Avoid At All Costs" movie list.

The idea behind this unoriginal "The Ring" wannabe is decent, and follows a series of gruesome deaths. The only connection between the victims seems to be a mysterious voyeuristic like website where you can watch people be tortured and murdered. This website for some reason then causes a number of people who have logged in to die within forty eight hours. It's up to a New York Detective and a health examiner to investigate the deaths, especially when they all appear to have died of fright. The plot came across as very confusion and disjointed, and also includes a mad scientist and serial killer, a drunk professor, and the ghost of a child.

Despite being an obvious rip-off of The Ring as well as several other films, Fear Dot Com still had plenty of potential. The idea of using a website in the way that Fear Dot Com does, was a good one to say the least. The only part of The Ring which scared me was when Samara climbs out of the television. It's great to take a piece of technology that most of us use every day without a second though, and use it to scare us. I'm just waiting for the day where someone makes a horror film based on mind controlling killer computer printers (or something like that.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Pavla V. on 24 Sept. 2003
Format: DVD
While I adore Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, I should preface this review by warning you that I'm not the biggest fan of horror movies, so it's possible that there are connoisseurs who can appreciate Feardotcom on levels I cannot. Possible, but not probable, judging by the vast ocean of negative feedback the theatrical release received.
My partner wanted to see this film and talked me into seeing it. The preview didn't look all that bad, the title amused me, and Stephen Rea happened to be in it, the talented star of The Crying Game. How bad could it be?
Astonishingly bad is the answer, and not in an "oh, but I love bad movies" kind of way. This is a monotonous, dull, confusing trainwreck of a film with nothing to redeem it but the occasional atmospheric camera shot. The plot has something to do with a website that contains a subliminal advertisement which triggers hallucinations of a little girl bouncing a ball. Somehow, these hallucinations lead to the characters' deaths, which didn't happen quickly enough for my liking, as none of them were particularly interesting. Even Stephen Rea fails to generate any real sense of emotion, momentum or (heavens forbid) danger, despite playing as macabre a villain as any in recent memory.
After apologizing for dragging me to it, my partner proceeded to kill the rest of our evening by fuming about what a terrible waste of film it was, and how shamelessly it ripped off The Ring, Poltergeist, Seven, etc. I can safely say I've had better evenings.
Derivative, rambling and incoherent, Feardotcom tries to be genuinely frightening, but succeeds only at being unpleasant. Not recommended.
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