Scathing review of FEAR DOT COM at Wired News

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  1. Jan Strnad

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    An interesting critique. I read Eberts review, while he fell short of recomending it, he did have a few quotes worth mentining.

     
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    One thing that bugs me about this movie is that its called 'fear dot com'. And the website is feardotcom.com
    So then it'd be 'Fear dot com dot com'
    [​IMG] Just had to say that somewhere
     
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    Roger, Roger, Roger. The look that impressed him so much didn't seem all that different to me than what's been overdone in seemingly thousands of hard rock/heavy metal/goth music videos, which obviously were influenced by the same sources Ebert cites.
    The movie itself is a piece of crap that doesn't even strain to make sense. And don't even get me started on the "feardotcom.com" thing. [​IMG]
    I really can't see what there is to like about it, and I totally agree with this line from the Wired News review:
     
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  6. Mark Pfeiffer

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    Well, if nudity and torture do it for you...
     
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    I'm not sure what Ebert saw in those last 20 minutes. This whole movie was boring as hell. And the theme of vision and voyeurism (indicting the audience for its guilty fetish of wanting to watch) isn't clevely handled as it was in Peeping Tom, Argento's Opera, De Palma's Blow Out, or even Minority Report. Here, the issue is so overpronounced that it's simply uninteresting--as Giles said "The subtext is rapidly becoming text."

    Mark
     
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    I was really looking forward to this film, and it wound up being a huge ripoff of the horror classic, THE RING, and an awful ripoff at that! If you have seen the brilliant THE RING, and you have seen or are going to see FEARDOTCOM, then the ripped off elements are as plain as day. This film was quite disappoiting to say the least!
     
  10. Derek Miner

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    My workup on this movie should be running at Movie Poop Shoot later today or tomorrow, but here are some of the quotes that DIDN'T make the cut:

    "SLIGHTLY MORE FRIGHTENING THAN YOUR MONTHLY ACCESS CHARGES" - John Anderson, Newsday

    "THIS TAWDRY, INCOMPETENT, SIX-YEARS-TOO-LATE STINKER COULDN'T BE MORE LIFELESS IF ALL ITS CHARACTERS WERE ALREADY DEAD FROM SCENE ONE" - Rob Blackwelder, SPLICEDWire

    "THERE'S NOTHING HERE THAT'S NEWER THAN ROTARY-DIAL PHONES" - Chris Hewitt, St. Paul Pioneer Press

    "ESSENTIALLY 'THE CELL II', WITHOUT JENNIFER LOPEZ'S BOUNCY FUN BUTTOCKS TO KEEP YOU INTERESTED" - Alex Sandell, JuicyCerebellum.com

    "JUDGING FROM ALL THE DARKLY PHOTOGRAPHED SCENES, THE MONEY THEY WERE ABLE TO SAVE ON ILLUMINATION WAS SPENT ON RENTING THOSE IRRITATING STROBE LIGHTS" - Michael Rechtshaffen, The Hollywood Reporter

    "A MOVIE WHERE THE STUPIDITY OF WHAT PEOPLE DO IS EXCEEDED ONLY BY THE IDIOCY OF WHAT THEY SAY" - Tor Thorsen, Reel.com

    "BEAUTY MAY BE ONLY SKIN DEEP, BUT 'FEARDOTCOM' IS EVEN SHALLOWER" - Tor Thorsen, Reel.com
     
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    I was really hoping this would be an interesting entry in the horror category but man was this bad or what?

    I usually like almost everything there is out there and I tried my best to like feardotcom but I just couldn't bring up myself to the task.

    The first half was fairly interesting but then I just lost it. I'm sorry I didn't wait until it came out on video.
     
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    A friend of mine had never even heard of this one. I described it as a 'pre-emptive ripoff of an upcoming remake of a celebrated foreign flick'.

    Oddly enough, that didn't provoke his interest.
     
  13. Derek Miner

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    When I did this one up as a "Critical Mess," I got an email complaining it wasn't fair to pick on a cheezy horror movie that only aspired to be a cheezy horror movie. [​IMG]
    I replied that my column considers no movie sacred. But honestly, I think he's the only person I've heard of who liked the movie.
     
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    It's good to know that the puppet master behind Icebox.com's The Hanged Man is doing well writing scripts for hollywood. Now if only we could get Mr.Wong:The Movie.[​IMG]
     
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    Unfortunately, this is trying hard to be a real horror movie and not a cheesy one. I did enjoy seeing Jeffery Combs in action again, but that was the only thing worthwhile.

    I was spending half the film trying to figure out how Natacha McElhone could be soooooo bad in this. I usually love her work but here she seemed lost and amatuerish. Hmmm, just like the director.

    "Don't go to the fear site!"
    *Character runs to the computer to log on*
    "I went to the fear site! Don't go to the fear site!"
    *Character runs to the computer to log on*
    "We both went to the fear site. I wish we didn't go to the fear site"
     
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    Well I quoted this before and laughed at how funny it sounded...
     

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