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fear dot com (FeardotCom) (2002)



Average Rating: 2.7/10
Reviews Counted: 96
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 93

As frustrating as a 404 error, Fear Dot Com is a stylish, incoherent, and often nasty mess with few scares.


Average Rating: 2.9/10
Critic Reviews: 21
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 21

As frustrating as a 404 error, Fear Dot Com is a stylish, incoherent, and often nasty mess with few scares.



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Terror is lurking online in this thriller directed by William Malone, who also helmed the 1999 remake of House on Haunted Hill. Mike Reilly (Stephen Dorff) is a NYPD detective who has been assigned to look into a string of murders which have taken place in Manhattan, with Terry Houston (Natascha McElhone), a researcher from the city Department of Health, lending her assistance whether Reilly likes it or not. Reilly discovers that all four victims have one thing in common -- they were all men who



Josephine Coyle

Jan 14, 2003


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Feardotcom is the cinematic equivalent of spam in your e-mail inbox.

May 29, 2013 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today
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While such artlessness doesn't inspire shivers, it's definitely worth a few cheap laughs.

May 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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[A] shameless exercise in high-tech sadism.

May 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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The scariest thing about Feardotcom is that the movie ever got made.

May 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal
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It's bad in a sickening, disturbing way, with its gratuitous mixture of sex and violence.

January 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Associated Press
Associated Press
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The clunking exposition, narrative incoherence and abysmal dialogue might find favour with aficionados of bad films, but even they won't forgive the sheer nasty mindedness of this lurid mess.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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I figured feardotcom was gonna be bad news when I saw the trailer and noticed it was promoted with the line "From the director of House on Haunted Hill".

February 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

A decent score and truly gorgeous cinematography are ruined by a terrible script and violence that defines gratuitous.

May 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

Awful but strangely endearing.

May 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Feardotcom is full of inconsistencies and contradictions, but none are more disturbing than the fact that not a single policeman wears gloves at any of the umpteen crime scenes scattered throughout the film.

May 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Metro News
Metro News

FearDotCom was made with just enough craft to keep it from being the instantly dated camp howler its title promises, but it's quickly apparent that there's no thought or originality under its grim, familiar surface.

May 29, 2013 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

It's simply really bad.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

[An] illogical, repulsive nightmare...

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Watching Feardotcom is often like being splashed with sewage by a Super-Soaker.

February 3, 2008 Full Review Source:

William Malone's fear dot com desperately wants to be a cutting-edge chiller with its 'up-to-the-minute' internet theme, but turns out to be a depressing up-chuck of every great horror movie of the last 20 years.

March 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

This internet-based spook-fest is arguably the least imaginative, most pathetic horror of the decade.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Tenta ser uma mistura de Se7en e Ringu, mas revela-se apenas uma piada de mau gosto.

April 17, 2005
Cinema em Cena

...dark, grungy and generally unpleasant to look at.

August 1, 2003 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

... it manages to be both prurient and very, very naive about the internet.

July 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

Over-directed, confused, badly-acted, poorly scripted trash.

June 28, 2003 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

Audience Reviews for fear dot com (FeardotCom)

Fear Dot Com has often been dismissed as one of the worst horror films to be seen. Well I can say with that it's a fact that there are far worst films the Horror genre has produced over the years. Obviously the main reason that this film is dismissed so easily is that it shares similar plot lines to The Ring (which came out the same year, the American remake that is). Getting back to this film, I thought it was enjoyable enough to kill time and it was entertaining. However like everyone else, I thought the plot and acting was pretty thin. But as a popcorn horror film, this film works. Obviously not the best film, but with putting into focus all the other horror films that have come out in recent times, Fear Dot Com doesn't deserve all the flack it has received. The ideas presented in the film have been used before, but still the concept seems interesting. I personally think that the idea of dying in seven days has many angles to a good story. With The Ring it was a video cassette with Fear Dot Com, it's a website. Both films are good and very entertaining in my book. I wouldn't call Fear Dot Com great, but I would call it a pleasant time waster, which is what it is. This film is way better than a lot of trash in horror nowadays, most notably My Soul To Take. Fear Dot Com is the type of that you have to shut your brain off to enjoy. Mindless entertainment.
April 2, 2011
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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A good idea....Aweful result. It stinks...And guys in the truck....guess what...It doesn't get scarier just because it's darker. Was the lightning crew on vacation or what? Ridiculous...Like in the scene when what's-his-name looks at the clock and says "it's noon"...I guessed midnight....lights out for sure....overall....didn't make the grade
July 9, 2010
Martin Sahlin

Super Reviewer

A detective and Dept of Health officer investigate four murders after they realise the victims all used the same web site before they died.
December 14, 2008
T Tsang

Super Reviewer

disappointing yet again when a good concept goes terrible awry.
September 3, 2007

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