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Feardotcom (2002)

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A New York City detective investigates mysterious deaths occurring 48 hours after users log onto a site named feardotcom.


William Malone


Moshe Diamant (story), Josephine Coyle | 1 more credit »
Bottom Rated Movies #53 | 3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Dorff ... Mike
Natascha McElhone ... Terry
Stephen Rea ... Alistair
Udo Kier ... Polidori
Amelia Curtis ... Denise
Jeffrey Combs ... Styles
Nigel Terry ... Turnbull
Gesine Cukrowski ... Jeannine
Michael Sarrazin ... Frank Bryant
Jana Güttgemanns ... Little Girl
Anna Thalbach ... Kate
Siobhan Flynn ... Thana Brinkman
Evie Garratt Evie Garratt ... Albino Woman
Lex Kreps Lex Kreps ... Tenant
Joan McBride Joan McBride ... Mrs. Richardson


Four bodies are found in New York City. Why, why, why? The coincidence? They all died 48 hours after logging on to a site named feardotcom.com. Tough detective Mike Reilly collaborates with Department of Health associate Terry Huston to research these mysterious deaths. The only way to find out though what really happened is to enter the site itself... Written by SomethingSage

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The last site you'll ever see. See more »


Crime | Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence including grisly images of torture, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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UK | Germany | Luxembourg | USA | Canada



Release Date:

30 August 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fear Dot Com See more »

Filming Locations:

Québec, Canada See more »


Box Office


$42,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,087,457, 1 September 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$13,208,023, 27 October 2002
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS | Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


One of the three films that received an "F" CinemaScore from audiences upon their release in 2002, along with Solaris (2002) and Darkness (2002). See more »


As Terry's boss is walking to his car, he takes out a cigarette and shots skip randomly between him putting the cigarette to his mouth, the cigarette being in his mouth, and there being no cigarette at all. See more »


Mike: It's a live-cam death site.
Terry: It doesn't sound like Turnbull. Why would he watch that?
Mike: People love to see death. Why do you think the ratings are so high on reality disaster shows?
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References Kill, Baby... Kill! (1966) See more »


Performed by Rammstein
Courtesy of Motor, a division of Universal Music GmbH
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Utter Nonsense
9 January 2011 | by PhantomAgonySee all my reviews

Having watched this last night on SyFy without having heard of the movie prior to watching it, I am SHOCKED to find out, based on the IMDb info, that FearDotCom was a real movie. By 'real movie' I mean a movie released in theaters that actually had a big budget (45 mil? What was that spent on?! Certainly not the movie I watched) and that people paid money to see it because I just assumed, based on the quality of the film as well as where I watched it, that it was one of those low budget, poorly acted, nonsensically over the top, made for TV SyFy original movies. I am honestly taken aback by the fact that this wasn't - I don't even know what to say. It wasn't even reminiscent of a good original SyFy movie - it was at the low end of the stick.

FearDotCom is horrible - everything about it is bad. The acting. The script. The camera work with the flashing images that are more annoying than impactful or scary. The weak plot with epic plot holes. The fact that it's like a poor man's rip off of 'The Ring' only that is even too generous of a critique for this dreck. It was just boring and bad and not worth even watching for free on TV late at night. Heck, I couldn't resist flipping the channel quite a few times and am questioning why I even stuck around most of the time in the first place. Wait I know.. nothing else was on.

Lastly, the movie is about a website (feardotcom.com) that when visited, causes death in exactly 48 hours. What I found amazing was the lack of actual victims mentioned on screen. Where were all the victims? We saw what... 3? mentioned and of course I am not including those who fell victim b/c they viewed the site while working the case of the initial people killed. I don't expect feardotcom.com to be the most popular website ever BUT I do expect more than 3? 4? people to visit it. This is the internet - people are on it all the time and sites spread and word gets out. Where were the hundreds if not thousands of people who must have visited the site and also died? It surely wasn't painted as some worldly epidemic - it seemed to be contained to the few people mentioned on screen. Huh? This is not some video tape like in 'The Ring' where you physically need to have the tape to watch it and get your death sentence. It's a WEBSITE - anyone can view it at any time - the death count should have been monstrous. HUGE plot hole.

Skip this - 1/10 .. and I am still in absolute awe that this was a real film and not a made for TV horror attempt. Ridiculous.. and if I didn't think the movie was bad enough, the preposterous ending was something unreal.

SMALL SPOILER WARNING- Lots of plot holes but the spoilerish one I need to voice was the lipstick tube swallowed by the victim who was found in the steel mill. Just like the new victim who we saw taken on screen, she must have been accosted by the Dr. - immediately grabbed, sedated and stripped so how did she magically not only get a chance to swallow her lipstick case which apparently stayed water proof for years, but plant the note in there and wait a minute.. actually write that message about justice/revenge on the back of the address? Makes no sense at all - poor writing/plot to go with the poorly made movie. Go figure.

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