Feardotcom (2002) - Rotten Tomatoes

Feardotcom (2002)



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

Movie Info

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 logged on to the same Internet website exactly 48 hours before they were killed. It seems the website features a sexy woman offering kinky fun to those who enter her domain, but clicking the wrong icon takes users on a journey into fear. Reilly decides the only way to find out the truth is to head into the website and find out what follows for the next two days -- if he can make it out alive. Fear dot com also stars Stephen Rea, Jeffrey Combs, and Udo Kier.more
Rating: R (for violence including grizzly images of torture, nudity and language)
Genre: Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Josephine Coyle
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 14, 2003
Box Office: $13.1M
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


Stephen Dorff
as Mike Reilly
Natascha McElhone
as Terry Houston
Stephen Rea
as Alistair Pratt
Udo Kier
as Polidori
Nigel Terry
as Turnbull
Michael Sarrazin
as Frank Bryant
Jana Güttgemanns
as Little Girl
Siobhan Flynn
as Thana Brinkman
Evie Garratt
as Albino Woman
Lex Kreps
as Tenant
Joan McBride
as Mrs. Richardson
Derek Kueter
as Officer No. 1
Elizabeth McKechnie
as Alice Turnbull
Anjelika Khromova
as Ashley's Mother
Matthias Schweighöfe...
as Dieter Schrader
Birthe Wolter
as Nina Blank
Frances Potasnik
as Nurse No. 1
Kwasi Songui
as Young Detective
Dean Gregory
as Maintenance Man No. ...
Chris Bearne
as Warehouse Attendant
Emma Campbell
as Goth Chick
Kwasi Songhi
as Young Detective
Astrid Skuyat
as Alistair's Victim
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Critic Reviews for Feardotcom

All Critics (99) | Top Critics (25)

The story is a mess, some of the images offensive, the acting under par and the dialogue silly.

Full Review… | July 23, 2014
New York Daily News
Top Critic

The pity is that there's an interesting thriller buried inside this concept.

Full Review… | July 23, 2014
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | May 29, 2013
USA Today
Top Critic

While such artlessness doesn't inspire shivers, it's definitely worth a few cheap laughs.

Full Review… | May 29, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 29, 2013
AV Club
Top Critic

[A] shameless exercise in high-tech sadism.

Full Review… | May 29, 2013
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for 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.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer


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

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.

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

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