Fear Dot Com
Entertainment: +1 1/2
Acceptability: -4

Detective Mike Riley (Stephen Dorff) is drawn into the investigation of several deaths whose only link is visiting the same Internet website. Initially concerned about a possible biological plague, Department of Health Inspector Terry Houston (Natascha McElhone) joins Riley in the investigation. Together, they discover that each victim died exactly 48 hours after viewing the feardotcom website. Riley keeps an open file on a sadistic killer who got away; Alistair Pratt (Stephen Rea) tortured his victims before a live audience on the Internet. Against Terrys advice, Riley visits the site and finds himself haunted by images of torture that could lead to Pratt. Terry also visits the site and makes some grisly discoveries. But what links Pratt to the website and can they solve the puzzle before the 48 hour time limit? Only the strong-stomached will be drawn to FEAR DOT COM as it mixes ghost stories and technology with gruesome images of torture and dead bodies.

Frequent images of gruesome torture, decomposing and dead bodies, as well as bloody injuries fill the screen. Numerous obscenities fill the dialogue. Many scenes feature nude females either as dead bodies or subjects of torture. The theory is touched upon that interconnecting many computers through the internet creates a living spirit and provides a residence for vengeful ghosts. No need to visit FEAR DOT COM.

Preview Reviewer: Paul Bicking
Distributor: Warner Bros., 4000 Warner Blvd., Burbank, CA 91522

Crude Language: Few (2) times Mild 1, moderate 1
Obscene Language: Many (23) times F-word 13, s-word 9, other 1
Profanity: Many (19) times Regular 8 (GD, JC 2, J 4, C); exclamatory 11 (OMG 9, MG, OG)
Violence: Many times Moderate and severe (man hit by train, woman pulls dead mouse from shoe, bodies with bloody eyes/ nose/ mouth, decomposed/ drowned bodies, man thrown through car windshield, bug smashed, flashed images of torture, roach crawls out of womans mouth, body falls onto car roof, blood spit, blood flows, graphic autopsy cut of chest, life size model of skinless body, leg shot, man shot in chest/ bloody shirt, stabbing, needle stuck in neck, mans body twisted/ stretched/ dissolves into bugs)
Sexual Intercourse: None
Nudity: Many times (breast, female rear); Near nudity Several times (women in underwear, table straps cover breasts)
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: Few times (couple begins to undress, video of man cutting bra off woman, woman crawls from under mans table)
Drug Abuse: Several times cigarette smoking, alcohol drinking
Other: Theory that enough computers hooked together creates living spirit, spirits of dead haunting Internet site, hits indicate interest in gruesome live torture/ death, people killed by greatest fear
Running Time: 86 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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