When four bodies are discovered among the industrial decay and urban grime of New York City, brash young detective Mike Reilly teams with ambitious Department of Health researcher Terry Huston to uncover the cause behind their violent and inexplicable deaths. The only common factor shared by the victims? Each died exactly 48 hours after logging on to feardotcom. Were they being punished for their inquisitiveness? For succumbing to temptation? For indulging their guilty pleasures? Determined to confront and destroy the evil force behind the deadly site, Mike logs on and the clock starts ticking. Now he's got 48 hours to face his own worst fears and solve the mystery, or suffer the fate of the victims before him.
The premise of this inept horror thriller isn't bad. A demonic Web site that can detect the deepest fears of all who visit it can make the user die of terror within 48 hours. But the actual movie is a murky, meandering, poorly written detective story (Stephen Dorff is a policeman and Natascha McElhone a health researcher) that quickly wears out its welcome. The fiendish villain (Stephen Rea, camping it up) is a mad doctor who delights in torturing pretty women until they beg to die. His specialty is performing autopsies on living bodies. The movie's strain of sadistic misogyny is truly loathsome. — Stephen Holden
2002-08-30 | Stephen Holden | Read the New York Times Review of feardotcom