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Fear X

Overview

For his third (and first English-language) feature, Danish writer/director Nicolas Winding Refn collaborated with celebrated American author Hubert Selby Jr. (Last Exit to Brooklyn, Requiem for a Dream). John Turturro stars in the paranoid thriller as Harry, a Wisconsin mall security guard whose wife is murdered in a seemingly random double homicide at the mall. Harry is understandably obsessed with the crime, endlessly watching surveillance tapes in an effort to find the killer. He has a vision of his wife ...
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Overview

For his third (and first English-language) feature, Danish writer/director Nicolas Winding Refn collaborated with celebrated American author Hubert Selby Jr. (Last Exit to Brooklyn, Requiem for a Dream). John Turturro stars in the paranoid thriller as Harry, a Wisconsin mall security guard whose wife is murdered in a seemingly random double homicide at the mall. Harry is understandably obsessed with the crime, endlessly watching surveillance tapes in an effort to find the killer. He has a vision of his wife leading him into the house next door and decides to investigate. He breaks in and finds a photo of a woman standing in front of a Montana diner. Harry drives to Montana to track her down. She turns out to be Kate (Deborah Kara Unger), the wife of Peter (James Remar), the local sheriff, who is involved with a clandestine police organization. When Peter finds out that Harry has come into town asking questions about his wife, he decides to take action to protect his family. He agrees to meet Harry at his hotel. Fear X was shot by Stanley Kubrick collaborator Larry Smith. Brian Eno contributed to the score.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Widescreen presentation; 5.1 Dolby Digital; 2.0 Dolby Stereo; Optional English and Spanish subtitles; Photo gallery; Theatrical trailer; Trailer gallery; Interactive menus; Digitally mastered; Scene selection
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
Nicolas Winding Refn's Fear X is a disappointingly muddled and derivative "thriller." The genre is in quotes because Refn is clearly more interested in provoking existential questions about the nature of loss and guilt and the relative morality of taking another human being's life than he is in providing thrills and chills. There's also an interesting undercurrent of post-9/11 anxiety with an emphasis on constant surveillance (Harry's [John Turturro] job) and shady overzealous policing (Peter's [James Remar] job). Refn's narrative (co-written with Hubert Selby Jr.) flirts with political allegory, indicated by inserts of a huge American flag behind a town meeting where Peter is being honored as a "hero" (which he is clearly not from the film's perspective) and of Peter's son's war toys on the kitchen table. But the film's heavy-handed visual allusions to Stanley Kubrick and David Lynch are distracting, and the implied comparison serves to diminish the impact of the lesser work we're watching. The weird hotel where Harry stays evokes not just The Shining but Turturro's similarly affect-deficient protagonist in Barton Fink. Fear X also brings up the possibility that a good deal of the action takes place inside Harry's head, but it doesn't draw us into this haunted character or delve deeply enough into the many issues and questions it raises. Frustratingly opaque by design, Fear X offers viewers insufficient fear and excessive "X."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/8/2005
  • UPC: 012236169970
  • Original Release: 2003
  • Rating:

  • Source: Lions Gate
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:31:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 46,742

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Turturro Harry
Deborah Kara Unger Kate
Stephen McIntyre Phil
James Remar , Peter
William Allen Young Agent Lawrence
Eugene M. Davis Ed
Mark Houghton Diner Cop
Jacqueline Ramel Claire
Technical Credits
Nicolas Winding Refn Director, Screenwriter
Donald C. Archbold Executive Producer
Stephen Arndt Set Decoration/Design
Joseph Newton Cohen Executive Producer
Henrik Danstrup Producer
Peter De Neergaard Production Designer
Eno Score Composer
Jens Bonding Sound/Sound Designer
Aaron Kim Johnston Co-producer
Rejean Labrie Art Director
Ronaldo Nacionales Asst. Director
Anne Osterud Editor
Penny Perry Casting
Gary Phillips Executive Producer
Kenneth D. Plummer Executive Producer
Rupert Preston Co-producer
Nadia Redler Executive Producer
J. Peter Schwaim Production Designer
Hubert Selby Jr. Screenwriter
Larry Smith Cinematographer
Darena Snowe Costumes/Costume Designer
Mark Vennis Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles/Inside Looking Out [4:12]
2. A Particular Face [5:12]
3. Gong Through Things [5:30]
4. San Francisco to Wisconsin [4:47]
5. Surveillance Tape [5:49]
6. 1329 [6:23]
7. Pieces of a Puzzle [4:00]
8. The Who and the Why [5:48]
9. A Mutual Friend [4:49]
10. Honored and Overwhelmed [4:00]
11. Asking Questions [6:19]
12. Getting Close [6:41]
13. A Need to Know [7:56]
14. "Why?" [5:41]
15. Desolation [7:15]
16. End Credits [6:41]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Set Up
      Audio: English 5.1 (Dolby Digital)
      Audio: English 2.0 (Dolby Stereo)
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles: None
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Fear X Trailer
      Trailer
      Photo Gallery
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