I REALLY LIKED THIS FILM 8 OUT OF 10
ACEMAN1 | Ripon, California | 05/12/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I know, I know, Feardotcom did terrible and I'll probably be given s*** for this review by whoever finds it, but I really enjoyed this horror flick. I mean come on, everyone has their fair share of badly reviewed films that they like, this just so happens to be one of those films that did bad that I liked. Sure it's a ripoff of The Ring in some of its concepts, but it feels fairly original. I'm not going to guarantee anyone that they'll enjoy this film considering the negativity surrounding it, but it's worth a look.
WHAT IT'S ABOUT: The story focuses on two different things; one part focusing on a web site made by a serial killer by the name of Allister who calls himself 'The Doctor' in which he records how he tortures and kills his female victims for the internet. The second part focuses on two people, a detective named Mike and a city health inspector named Terry who are trying to figure out why people are dying; they are found dead and bleeding from their eyes, but other than that they all only have one thing in common: they logged onto a site called feardotcom and died 48 hours after they logged on. The site is haunted by one of 'The Doctor's' murdered victims: Jeannie who tells the people who logged on to find her within 48 hours or they die. Now the detectives must find 'The Doctor' before he kills his next victim and find Jeannie before she kills them by haunting them and making them die of their worst fears.
MUSIC: This film has a very good musical score, and I really enjoyed this part of the film.
ACTION: This film has fantastic special effects are disturbing imagery which makes it rather compelling and creepy horror film (In fact I wish some of these effects were used in one of my favorite films of all time; Silent Hill). This film is pretty nasty when it comes to gore factor, and the torture scenes were actually a bit shocking. This is not for kids at all for the grisly torture scenes, disturbing imagery, and even nudity. This film is actually quite creepy thanks to the wonderful special effects and I loved how many of the set pieces were designed. This film is focused mostly on dialogue and creeping you out with it's ghostly images. I was kept interested through the entire film, sure the plot twists won't blow anyone away, but it was very interesting.
ACTING: I didn't think the actors were bad, sure they had some of their awkward moments like questionable dialogue, but they managed to hold it together. Trust me, I've seen way worse acting. Overall, the acting was pretty good. If you want a horrible horror film try sitting through Alone in the Dark (Worst horror film ever!).
OVERALL: I recommend it as a rental, or if you find it in the bargain bin it somewhere it won't ruin your day. I really enjoyed this film, but for everyone else, you should approach it with caution.
THE GOOD: The fantastic special effects, the creepy and disturbing imagery, a unique storyline, wonderful music, and fairly good acting.
THE BAD: Some moments of the film were boring and sometimes there was questionable acting and dialogue."