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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 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.

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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 Schweighöfer
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. 1
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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  • Jun 09, 2011
    A very scary\twisted horror flick about a killer website with very good scares\scenes.
    Jacob P Super Reviewer
  • Apr 02, 2011
    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 r Super Reviewer
  • Mar 20, 2011
    This is truly the worst movie ever made
    Daniel D Super Reviewer
  • Oct 20, 2010
    Sounded kinda cool when I heard about it, but fails in its execution. What the movie fails to inform you of in most plot summaries is the fact that the website in question is somehow run partly by a supernatural force. Is the film as stupid as it sounds? YES! As it runs its course, this film fails epically (which is really unfortunate, because it was pretty cool for the first few minutes). In the end, FearDotCom ends up being a terrible mashup of One Missed Call and Untraceable, with a little bit of The Ring thrown in there for suck value.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer

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