A police detective is haunted by the fact he has failed to
apprehend a sadistic killer known as The Doctor, who tortures
his victims live by webcam over the Internet. When a number
of bodies turn up, the individuals having died of their deepest
fear, their only connection is that they all visited a website
called feardotcom.com. The only way to determine the truth
is to visit the site. The detective teams up with a city health
inspector to discover that the angry spirit of one of The
Doctor's previous victims is seeking revenge on the voyeurs
as well as the killer. Suddenly, the pair have only two days
to find the woman's body and stop another tragedy before they
also become victims...
the UK release of this film still scheduled for June, we already
have the dvd version on region 1. Fear Dot Com tackles
the urban myth of snuff movies, which emerged around the era
of video nasties and was brought more to the public's attention
with movies like David Cronenberg's Videodrome. Although
there is no documented evidence of a genuine snuff movie,
the subject matter for the plot does highlight how the Internet
could be misused for depraved exploitation.
is no doubting this is an extremely well made flick. The performances
from the leading couple is spot on, the script as tight as
it can ever be on celluloid, the sound quality superb, and
the moody lighting (the real star here) used to great effect.
just like The Exorcist, this is not a film you really
enjoy watching; it just seems too real. This one is like an
X-rated version of Killer Net, the Lynda LaPlante mini-series
screened on Channel 4 a few years back. The images are gristly
and often surreal, many of them coming in abrupt flashes and
off-kilter camera movements. It's a film which tries to play
with your mind; in other words, you think you see more than
you actually do. Perhaps as a follower of horror I recognised
the director's objective, but unless you're used to reality-based
psychotic horror, give this one a miss.
are sparse: a commentary by Director William Malone and Director
of Photography Christian Sebaldt; Feardotcom: Visions of Fear,
a short featurette; and The Mushroom Factory, a deleted scene
devoid of sound effects and music.
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