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A struggling artist (Parker) is implicated in a string of macabre murders.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Henry Thomas ... Nick Parker
David O'Hara ... Will
Teri Hatcher ... Charlotte Parker
Bill Duke ... Detective Glass
Sándor Técsy Sándor Técsy ... Sidney Miskiewicz
Irma St. Paule Irma St. Paule ... Mrs. Rhula Miskiewicz
Alex Kilgore ... Adam Dennis
Marisol Padilla Sánchez ... Soledad
Patricia Dunnock Patricia Dunnock ... Sophie Parker
Helen Hanft ... Louisa
Remak Ramsay Remak Ramsay ... Richard Parker
Lisby Larson Lisby Larson ... Eleanor Parker
Jon Tracy Jon Tracy ... Leonard Wooley
Charles E. Gerber Charles E. Gerber ... Bob
Ken Comer Ken Comer ... Detective Comer
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Storyline

An art teacher spends his nights painting. One night he hears noises in the loft over his. Investigating, he discovers an interloper, who claims he is going to rent the area despite the landlord's earlier assurances that he would not rent the area. Shortly after this incident, the landlord is found murdered. The investigation turns towards a drunken evictee who was seen arguing with the landlord. However, his unwanted neighbor appears threatening and malevolent. Plagued by nightmares, the artist also starts acting irrationally and becomes a suspect. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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His Mind Is A Terrible Thing. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language, and brief nudity | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | Polish

Release Date:

30 November 2000 (Malaysia) See more »

Also Known As:

Atrapado en la oscuridad See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,068, 4 February 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,068, 4 February 2001
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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In an interview in the Fever dvd special features, Alex Winter said he wanted to get back to a type of filmmaking that is more about atmosphere than cutting and more about quiet than about sound. See more »

Quotes

Nick: [complaining to tenant who just moved in upstairs] I'm an artist, and at night, I work in my room.
Will: What's that got to do with me?
Nick: It's not you, it's the noise. You'll hear for yourself these walls are paper thin. Well, the landlord, he told me that he only used the top floor for storage.
Will: So what? You want me to move at 2:00 in the morning?
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VERY EERIE, FANTASTIC SETS
28 July 2003 | by kida_fishSee all my reviews

To put it plainly, the movie revolves around this artist, who is so deeply disturbed by the gruesome murders of his landlord and his (landlord's) mother, that he becomes pallid and starts hallucinating. Now, why do the murders have such febrile effects on him and does he actually hallucinate, is where lies the suspense of the movie. Though a fairly simple movie with just a handful of characters, ‘FEVER' can be put under the rubric of scary movies. There is always an air of eeriness throughout the movie, with an abrupt ‘shocking' scene popping up every now and then, with a high potential to chill the bones most of the viewers. Much of the credit for what the movie is, should be given to the acting, mainly of the prime two characters, ‘Nick' and ‘Will', played by Henry Thomas and David O'Hara respectively. While Henry Thomas does a pretty good job of a person ‘spooked' by the murders in the movie, it is David O'Hara, who puts up a splendid performance, by acting as a mentally deranged, ‘psycho' Irishman, who is a sailor, and is a staunch believer of Nazism. The presence of such a character in the movie actually makes it spookier, than it already is. Along with good acting, the direction is pretty decent, too, maintaining just the right amount of the funereal atmosphere throughout, without going overboard with gory details. However, worth mentioning is this particular scene, which can be said as the pivotal scene of the movie, in which ‘Nick' encounters ‘Will', in a train: Though there is very little flaw in the direction in the rest of the movie, this particular scene, especially being a crucial one, is so grossly misdirected, that it ruins the build-up to it. Either this scene should have had more attention paid to the minor details, which are seriously flawed, (and do much damage to it) or else, it could've done without the backdrop of an underground train-ride, and could have done with a much less complicated backdrop.

The movie has all the elements of a spook-thriller, and is scary from the beginning to the end, building up to a good suspense. The overall feel of the movie is also well maintained, without trying to give too much detail to gore, and primarily paying attention to maintain the stolid and chilling atmosphere, in a very subtle manner.

Rating:7/10


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