FEAR DOT COMWarner Bros. Pictures
2002
R

“People love to see death. Why do you think the ratings are so high on reality disaster shows?”

There’s this website, see, and everyone who logs on dies mysteriously in 48 hours. Apparently from the very thing they’re afraid of dying from, but that’s inconsequential. See, there’s also a madman who kidnaps girls and tortures them to death in a remote place and captures the whole thing on webcam for all the internet world to see. And there’s this vengeful spirit of one of his former victims that has a mad-on to get revenge. And there’s also a cop and a health inspector with a cat that looks like Garfield. Yeesh, my head hurts…

What we got here is a blatant rip of the much more successful (and much creepier) American version of The Ring. Instead of people dying after watching a video tape, they’re dying after logging on to a website. You got the disembodied spirit of a girl seeking vengeance. You got creepy things happening to people after they watch said website. Pretty much the only thing that this movie is missing is some brat who won’t call his mother “Mom”. I’m actually thankful for that…

Mind you, the movie isn’t without it’s good points. That would be the style, which oozes horror from its very pours with its dark and stylish sets, the dark lighting, the claustrophobic feel and freaky camera angles. Unfortunately, that’s about all that’s good about it, as everything else is just crap. From the uninteresting characters to the choppy editing, right down to the pain-inducing ending, the movie goes for all the right buttons but misses them entirely. I felt nothing for the characters, and thought that whole “love interest” angle didn’t work. There’s absolutely no chemistry between the two lead characters. Add to that the fact that everyone seems to be about as smart as a brain damaged lizard here, as the very people who should know better seem to immediately log on to the website even though they know they’re going to die. Yeesh. And don’t get me started about that lame serial killer they threw in there. Here, he’s prattling on and on and on, and not doing much torturing of his subjects. My guess is, he spends all that time yammering, and his prisoners end up swallowing their own tongue in hopes of escaping that kind of torture.

Anyway, given all the money obviously spent to make this stylish and slick horror movie, some time and thought should have gone into making this a good and watchable horror movie. No amount of creepy kids dressed in white throwing a ball around does not a horror movie make…