Feardotcom (2002) Stephen Dorff, Natascha McElhone, Stephen Rea, Udo Kier Movie Review

Feardotcom (2002)   2/52/52/52/52/5

Natascha McElhone in Feardotcom (2002)

Bad Programming

When a series of dead bodies start showing up with white faces and bloody noses it is up to uncompromising detective Mike Reilly (Stephen Dorff) to get to the bottom of what happened. His investigation leads to him collaborating with Terry Huston (Natascha McElhone) who works for the Department of Health as it initially looks like some sort of virus. But jointly they discover these mysterious deaths seem to have in common a website called feardotcom.com with each of the victims had logged in to the site in the previous 48 hours. But with still no idea as to what is going on their only hope is to visit the site themselves.

Well that's 101 minutes of my life I won't be getting back and don't feel like I have got anything worthwhile for relinquishing them. And that is where this review of "Feardotcom" starts as whilst I have watched a lot of movies which have disappointed ne there is some thing about this horror movie which makes me regret wasting my time watching more than I usually would. And I think that regret arises from "Feardotcom" being such a jumble of ideas and visuals that you are not even 30 minutes in and you have surrendered ever trying to make sense of the movie. For your benefit I will tell you that the movie is about a website which somehow manages to manifest a build up of negative energy in who ever logs in and then they for all sense and purpose lose their mind.

Unfortunately the basic idea in "Feardotcom" ends up getting lost underneath a jumble, no a real friggin' mess of visuals. I suppose in a way the visuals are pretty good and William Malone along with his cinematographer have certainly got an eye for a strong visual. But the power of the visuals ends up getting lost because that is all you get in this mess of a horror movie. Even the acting from Stephen Dorff, Natascha McElhone and Stephen Rea can't make this any more watchable and in truth in places some of the acting is terrible with poor delivery of even poorer dialogue.

What this all boils down to is that I simply can't recommend "Feardotcom" as for all the visuals be it ghost children, swarms of bugs or scenes of torture the fact the movie ends up too messy to watch stops it from being anything other than disappointing.