Well, on another site I've been discussing the merits of this, erm, genre classic :lol: As part of that I said I would rewatch it, and write a review, I've not written anything for quite some time, and it's not edited at all - but I thought I'd cross post because a) This forum is almost dead, b) I know most of you all hate Fear Dot Com too! Stand proud indiephantom, bigdaddyhorse, fceurich39, _pi_! **SPOILERS** **SPOILERS** **SPOILERS** **SPOILERS** Fear Dot Com might not have landed itself a huge horror fanbase, but it sure struck horror of some kind onto the online community. In fact, it’s one of those films where you have to dig hard and long to find a positive comment about it, with the default option always offering up dismissal and denial. It always puzzled me. While I wouldn’t exactly call it innovative, shocking, or original – I confess I never found it offensive, as some seem to suggest. At the end of the day it’s a film with some highlights, some lowlights, and some flashing lights. In other words, it’s pretty much like every other horror film that sits somewhere in the middle between excellence and garbage. Not that a rating of “garbage” has ever been enough to put off a cult movie fan! Fear Dot Com is a film that entertains during its running time, and it never feels too long. It often reminds you of other films, some of which I’ll mention as I go along, while also taking on the prickly subject of the Internet, which – it seems – no-one has adequately brought to the screen. It’s even tripped up genre greats such as Dario Argento (we’ll be talking about him later, too). Summary Every detective seems to have a nemesis, an arch villain they must battle for the majority of their career. In this case, the nemesis of our hero detective is known as “The Doctor”. The Doctor had a snuff web site, where he would torture and kill his victims to the delight of his Internet audience. Once a person was killed, the web site would be moved, and so it would go on. The Doctor has not been caught, and our hero is no longer on the case since it’s been given over to the FBI for investigation. However, you can’t shrug off an arch nemesis quite so easily. Victims are turning up dead, and the only link between them is that they have visited a website, Feardotcom. 48 hours after visiting, they pass on, and these are no normal deaths! What’s the connection with The Doctor? Will the killer be found? What’s the deal with feardotcom? And who’s got all the balls? Comments So there you have it. Let’s get some things out of the way right from the start. In contemporary horror cinema, one of the closest matches we have is Hideo Nakata’s Ringu, remade in the US as The Ring. In fact, this movie came out the same year as the US remake. As we all know, in the Ring, people watch a video tape and die seven days later with a grimace on their face. In Fear Dot Com, people look at a web site and die two days later with a grimace on their face. At some level, it remains pretty much the same story. First someone has to discover what the connection is (what the people watched), then they have watch it themselves, and then they have to find a way to protect themselves from the curse. The similarities don’t end there. What kills the people are vengeful ghosts, and the ghosts appear at the time of death, essentially frightening their victims to a demise (Fear Dot Com doesn’t rely on fear alone, instead it adds an additional element where people die in their worse imaginable way). Actually that about wraps up Fear Dot Com. You don’t really expect the nemesis to live do you? And of course, the web site mystery must be cleared up once and for all. Oh, those vengeful ghosts must be appeased! While it might seem as though Fear Dot Com is purely a derivative film, it actually has a bit more to offer. Firstly, it’s got Udo Kier. Sure it’s a mere cameo really, and in the shadows, one even wonders if it’s really him, but sure enough – he does his bit for train safety.