Fear dot com

Fear dot com

2.3 9
Director: William Malone, Stephen Dorff, Natascha McElhone, Stephen Rea

Cast: William Malone, Stephen Dorff, Natascha McElhone, Stephen Rea


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The tech noir-thriller Fear dot com comes to DVD from Warner Home Video with a surprisingly thorough presentation. First of all, it's given a widescreen anamorphic transfer and Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtracks in both English and French. Subtitles are available in English, Spanish, and French. The extras kick off with a feature-length commentary by director


The tech noir-thriller Fear dot com comes to DVD from Warner Home Video with a surprisingly thorough presentation. First of all, it's given a widescreen anamorphic transfer and Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtracks in both English and French. Subtitles are available in English, Spanish, and French. The extras kick off with a feature-length commentary by director William Malone and cinematographer Christian Sebaldt. "FearDotCom: Visions of Fear" is a brief behind-the-scenes segment including interviews with actors Jeffrey Combs, Natascha McElhone, and Stephen Dorff. One deleted scene features a man getting killed in a mushroom factory. The disc also includes a widescreen theatrical trailer, cast and crew highlights, production stills, and DVD-ROM enhancements. For a movie that can only be recommended to serious horror fans, Warner has done a remarkable job on this disc.

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Fear Dot Com is the kind of movie in which the characters all share the same brand of web browser, and it uses this unlikely gothic-horror typeface whether they're logging into the deadly website of the title or, in theory, their grandmother's homepage. Fear Dot Com is the kind of movie in which a health department worker (Natascha McElhone) swims down into the depths of a swamp poisoned by chemicals, underneath a decrepit factory, because she suspects there might be "something" there -- and lo and behold, she discovers a body. Fear Dot Com is the kind of movie that laughably botches a potentially chilling concept, but at least it's not an original one -- the movie may have beaten the The Ring to theaters by several months, but it certainly rips off Hideo Nakata's original Japanese version, Ringu, with a killer website substituting for a killer videotape. William Malone's film is a turkey alright, but not because it fails to generate flashes of disturbing imagery that might haunt a person under the right circumstances. What's seen here is, in ways, more fulfilling than the watered down Luis Buñuel footage from The Ring. Rather, Fear Dot Com is undone by a cavalcade of logistical failures and moronic plot contrivances like the ones enumerated above, which totally validate the need for a good continuity editor. Presiding over the whole enterprise is a conductor of operatic psychosis played by Stephen Rea, who prates on with platitudes about "liking to watch" and "the power of the Internet" in an accent that sounds like a madhouse John F. Kennedy. Fear Dot Com might actually kill you within 48 hours -- death by incredulousness, indifference, or sheer disgust.

Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]

Special Features

Closed Caption; Feature-length commentary by director William Malone and director of photography Christian Sebaldt; Additional scene: The Mushroom Factory; Experience Feat Dot Com: Visions of Fear; Fear Gallery of production stills; Interactive menus; Theatrical trailer; Star/director/writer film highlights; Scene access; Languages: English & Français (dubbed in Quebec); Subtitles: English, Français & Español; Enhanced features for your DVD-ROM PC

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Stephen Dorff Mike Reilly
Natascha McElhone Terry Houston
Stephen Rea Alistair Pratt
Udo Kier Polidori
Amelia Curtis Denise
Jeffrey Combs Styles
Nigel Terry Turnbull
Gesine Cukrowski Jeannine
Michael Sarrazin Frank Bryant
Jana Guttgemanns Little Girl
Anna Thalbach Kate
Chris Bearne Warehouse Attendant
Nils Brunkhorst Prisoner
Emma Campbell Goth-Chick
Sigal Diamant Nurse
Siobhan Flynn Thana Brinkman
Evie Garratt Albino Woman
Dean Gregory Maintenance Man #1
Anjelika Khromova Ashley's Mother
Lex Kreps Tenant
Derek Kueter Officer #1
Mascha Litterscheid Nurse #2
Joan McBride Mrs. Richardson
Elizabeth McKechnie Alice Turnbull
Gordon Peters Rooney
Sven Pippig Henry
Frances Potasnik Nurse #1
Matthias Schweighöfer Dieter Schrader
Astrid Skuyat Alistair's Victim
Kwasi Songui Young Detective
Arnita Swanson Barlow
Anja Van Greuningen Ashley
Isabelle Van Waes Victim
Birthe Wolter Nina Blank

Technical Credits
William Malone Director
Stuart Balcomb Musical Arrangement
Jerome Latour Burckhardt Production Designer
Rudy Cohen Executive Producer
Josephine Coyle Screenwriter
Mark Damon Executive Producer
Limor Diamant Producer
Moshe Diamant Producer
Jan Fantl Co-producer
Frank Hübner Executive Producer
Mona Kino Set Decoration/Design
Nick Adams Sound/Sound Designer
Nicotero Kurtzman & Berger EFX Group Makeup Special Effects
Nicholas Pike Score Composer
Michaela Quast Set Decoration/Design
Elie Samaha Executive Producer
David Saunders Executive Producer
Romain Schroeder Executive Producer
Christian Sebaldt Cinematographer
Andrew Stevens Executive Producer
Alan Strachan Editor
Carlo Thoss Sound/Sound Designer
Harry Wiessenhaan Special Effects Supervisor
Makus Wollersheim Art Director

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Subway Death [5:46]
2. Unbreakable Case [3:06]
3. Trail of Two Corpses [5:01]
4. Perfect Leads [4:34]
5. Scream Test [2:06]
6. Turnbull's Last Ride [4:44]
7. Intimate With Fear [4:38]
8. Hooked With One Look [5:11]
9. Unfeeling: Bugged [4:28]
10. Bryant's Energy Theory [3:40]
11. Denise's Descent [4:26]
12. Want to Play? [5:31]
13. Alive in the Wires [5:18]
14. Jeannie's File [5:01]
15. Jeannie's Condition [6:35]
16. Basement Terror [5:59]
17. The Doctor's Lair [6:34]
18. Torture Silo [4:10]
19. Her Revenge [4:45]
20. Nobody There [1:57]
21. End Credits [7:35]


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Fear dot com 2.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this movie wasnt very good, they try to make up for a poor plot with lots of topless females. You know this movie isn't going to be good when there is nudity in the first twenty min.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THE TITLE HAS A GOOD NAME BECAUSE IT CAPCHURES YOU WHEN YOU SEE IT. IT MAkes you wonder if their is something that is out their like this and mabe it is we just cannot find the people that do, do this kind of thing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lets just say if i had the option of choosing no stars for this movie, i would take it. This movie is not only not fun because there are no surprises or excitement but, this movie is sickening. The whole sexual rape and torture is just nausiating. Actually, i would have to give this movie 1/2 a star because i thought the music was the only creepy vibe to this piece of trash.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dollar for dollar, "Independence Day" is the worst movie ever made, but since "feardotcom" could not have cost more than a few thousand bucks to make, it ranks above the laughable ID as the worst movie ever. Stephen Dorf, who no one will ever mistake for Laurence Olivier anyway, delivers a performance that reminds one of a middle school drama production--he owes every one of his fans an apology for this. The normally gifted Stephen Rea owes himself an apology. The movie itself is soooooo stupid that I'm having a tough time finding words to describe it. The plot is a joke--it's impossible to tell if the action takes place over the course of a few days or a few hours (sitting there watching it felt like a few months) since the writers wanted to emphasize Rea's character's creepiness rather than include anything that actually made sense. If you plan on purchasing this movie, save your money and buy something more satisfying, like a box of Twinkies, or more useful, like a solar powered flashlight.
Guest More than 1 year ago
OK this movie was TERRIBLE. It was cinamatic POO. It was so not scary it made the movie the wizard of oz seem like it was nightmare on elm street. The scares were cheap. I WANT MY MONEY BACK!
DEMONTHE7TH More than 1 year ago
So far, I would label this the worst horror movie I have ever seen, aside from the movie "Carnivore." It's not scary at all. In fact, it had me yawning the whole time, not to mention, how cheesy is it to use a website to kill people? Hmmmm, kind of like the Ring, but a heck of a lot worse. Even the so called "creepy" doctor wasn't really as creepy as he could have been. Sorry, this is poop as on one of the reviewrs said. I too, wish I could have given this movie zero stars. And how the hell is "Independence Day" the worst movie ever?!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought that it was allright but could have been better. There was way too much nudity. The plot was really good but the acting was alittle poor. It wasn't really that scary either.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is hard to describe in words the soaring epic brilliance that is feardotcom. The filmmaking genre has rarely glimpsed such ingenius use of symbolism and thematic depth: the white ball - with each bounce signaling further decay of humanity's innocence. The use of naked breasts to convey the powerlessness and appearence-consumed attitude towards women in today's high powered, post-industrial 'iron playground' - a topsy turvy world where doctors are...killers. The significance of a website-title that ackknowledges the repetitiveness of mindless web surfing: feardotcom...dotcom. Five stars is not enough to award this gem. If only there were six...
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was somewhat disappointed after seeing this movie, but it had some very scary scenes that kept my attention. The plot of the movie is great, but could have been a lot scarier. I still find this movie to be entertaining, but not that good.