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Time of Fear (2002)

Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Drama | 2002 (USA)
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Time of Fear is a taut psychological thriller thrusting an FBI agent and a grieving father into the dark world of a demented killer. FBI Agent Cheryl Hammer, arrives in a small California ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Mancuso ... Jack Barone
Cheryl Pollak ... Cheryl Hammer
Greg Lauren ... Dct. Steve Benton
Kristofer McNeeley ... Father Patrick LeDoux
Robert Walden ... Sheriff Joe Calabro
Vanessa Evigan ... Samantha Jennings
Rainbow Borden Rainbow Borden ... Joey McKenzie
Basil Wallace ... Dct. Gerald Pickens
Solomon Burke ... Bishop Bonds (as Dr. Solomon Burke)
Kenneth Tigar ... Coroner (as Ken Tigar)
Lynne Marta ... Mrs. LeDoux
Chris Rommelmann Chris Rommelmann ... Pete Stacy
Norma Maldonado ... Mrs. Cuervas
Taso Papadakis Taso Papadakis ... Nick Theodorou
Gene Borkan Gene Borkan ... Jennings


Time of Fear is a taut psychological thriller thrusting an FBI agent and a grieving father into the dark world of a demented killer. FBI Agent Cheryl Hammer, arrives in a small California town to catch an elusive killer. Seeing no help forthcoming from the Sheriff, she turns to the only other person who can help her, Jack Barone, a grieving father whose daughter, Lisa, was the victim of a similar slaying ten years prior. The killer's clues are a perversion of Biblical punishments for sins: stoning, burning, decapitation. Jack and Agent Hammer turn to Father Patrick, a Catholic priest, for help. As the clock ticks down, a young female friend of Jack's is kidnapped and may become the next casualty. The harrowing rescue of the young woman opens the door to a dark history hidden below the surface, revealing the true identity of the killer and answering the mystery of who killed Jack's daughter. Written by Anonymous

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Evil takes its time.


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Release Date:

2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Castigo maligno See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA


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$800,000 (estimated)
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16 : 9
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An unsung thriller set in a SoCal waterfront town.
26 November 2010 | by Evan MatthewSee all my reviews

Off-beat, yet winning, this is low-budget film-making at its most imaginative.

Clearly burdened by genre plot -- plus a need that I won't quibble with to add a certain amount of nudity -- this is a triumph of style over budget. The actors -- especially Nick Mancuso and Cheryl Pollak -- are terrific. And hats off for including the late, great Soul star Solomon Burke! Extra points given for the unexpected use of great R&B and Gospel.

Why this film isn't more appreciated is a mystery to me. It has a great look, an excellent sense of place, a distinctive mood and feel, and flies by at great speed.

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