The Fearmakers Reviews

  • Dec 24, 2014

    A film very much of it's time, about Korean war veteran rooting out communist influences on the government. However, what makes this Jacques Tourneur film different from most others of it's ilk is that the dirty commies are influencing the government in a way that still resonates today, using the same despicable tactics that are now used by corporations, the very wealthy or other well funded special interest groups. The commies have taken over a PR firm and use polling to manipulate public perception, they promise politicians to help get them re-elected and they also write legislation for congressmen. This film teats these practices as utterly despicable, so it does seem sad that these same practices are an accepted practice in Washington DC today. The story itself, while not especially original, director Tourneur keeps things moving at a quick pace, even if the film isn't as stylishly directed as some of his best films. Dana Andrews does an adequate job in the lead, but is completely unspectacular. Worth checking out, but it's the films politics that makes it most interesting.

    A film very much of it's time, about Korean war veteran rooting out communist influences on the government. However, what makes this Jacques Tourneur film different from most others of it's ilk is that the dirty commies are influencing the government in a way that still resonates today, using the same despicable tactics that are now used by corporations, the very wealthy or other well funded special interest groups. The commies have taken over a PR firm and use polling to manipulate public perception, they promise politicians to help get them re-elected and they also write legislation for congressmen. This film teats these practices as utterly despicable, so it does seem sad that these same practices are an accepted practice in Washington DC today. The story itself, while not especially original, director Tourneur keeps things moving at a quick pace, even if the film isn't as stylishly directed as some of his best films. Dana Andrews does an adequate job in the lead, but is completely unspectacular. Worth checking out, but it's the films politics that makes it most interesting.

  • Jun 18, 2012

    just ok 'social drama' as dana andrews is a whisle blower

    just ok 'social drama' as dana andrews is a whisle blower