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fear dot com (2002), R
Analysis Date: August 29, 2002
CAP Score: 9
CAP Influence Density: 3.89

MinMax: -57

feardotcom (2002) CAP Mini-thermometers

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fear dot com (R) -- gorefest for the gorehounds, sadists and Kevorkians.

Production: MDP Worldwide
Distribution: MDP Worldwide, Warner Bros
Director(s): William Malone
Producer(s): Yoram Barzilai, Rudy Cohen, Mark Damon, Limor Diamant, Moshe Diamant, Jan Fantl, Jean-Marc Félio, Frank Hübner, David Saunders, Romain Schroeder
Written by/Screenplay: Moshe Diamant (story), Josephine Coyle (written by)
Cinematography/Camera: Christian Sebaldt
Music: Nicholas Pike
Film Editing: Alan Strachan
Casting: Rosina Bucci
Production Design: Jérôme Latour
Art Direction: Regine Freise, Markus Wollersheim

A man (Udo Kier) with bloody eyes stumbles through the dark and wet streets of New York clutching a book in terror of something after him. Strangely he spies a little girl about eight years old with long snow white hair and black lips carrying and chasing a white ball. Stumbling into the subway the man is hit by a subway train and dies. The oddity about his death was the expression of deep fear and what was left of his eyes.

Mike Reilly (Stephen Dorff), a NYPD detective has been hunting for years "the Doctor" (Stephen Rea) who video tapes his killing and mutilation of victims then uploads the tapes to his website with an ever-changing address making it impossible to shut it down. The address is, of course, Reilly's failure to find the Doctor plus the slews of bleeding-eye bodies littering the streets of New York prompt health inspector Terry Houston (Natascha McElhone) to get involved.

Once at the visitor is treated to the Doctor using various tools such as surgical knives and needles to torture and kill his victims, telling them of impending death as he slowly applies his fatal moves. At the opening of the site, some cgi gal asks the visitor "Do you want to play?" If yes, the visitor is asked by the cgi gal "Do you want to hurt me?" Now comes the wildest lunacy in the movie. When a visitor plays the site, s/he dies in 48 hours to the minute.

If anyone has seen Dr. Jack Kevorkian's art, you'll see more of the same style in fear dot com: death, fear, torture, sadism, mutilation, terror. It is replete with these elements which await they who decide to watch this film and are subject to such influence. Such wild variety, magnitude and saturation of these evils drove the Wanton Violence score to zero likely before the movie was half over. This movie is not a "toy." It is a goth gorefest for the gorehounds, sadists and Kevorkians. Nothing more. Though a complete fantasy, its influential "bullets" are lethal to clean thinking.

The plot, what there is of it, is completely secondary to the imagery. It is difficult to accept that a mind exists which can think up such debauchery, viciousness and wickedness. But these are the times our Lord foretold. I am not a prophet but I cannot in good conscioous say anything else when Scripture screams of it [2 Tim. 3:1 - 8]. Bloody gore, suspense terror and images of death and dying fill the 93 minutes of this movie. Nudity, both partial and full of living and rotting flesh camp on the eyes and mind of the viewer every few minutes. The listing in the Findings/Scoring section will reveal all that was noted. This movie is a very good example of what God is talking about in "evil communications" of 1Cor 15:33. It is a perfect example of that which causes men to defy righteous God warned us about in Rom. 1:30; that men will be inventors of evil things. Indeed, the tale of the end times is dark. Are we there yet? Read the story about "all the godlessness and wickedness of men" who invent evil in Rom 1:16 - 32.


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  • 2 Tim. 3:1 - 8 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now [just] as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. ["silly women" is an expression meaning the vulnerable and receptive]
  • Rom. 1:16 - 32 I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. [17] For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: "The righteous will live by faith." [18] The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, [19] since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. [20] For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities -his eternal power and divine nature -have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. [21] For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. [22] Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools [23] and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles. [24] Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. [25] They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator -who is forever praised. Amen. [26] Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. [27] In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion. [28] Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done. [29] They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, [30] slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; [31] they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless. [32] Although they know God's righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.

    *******Food for Daily Thought*******
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Jude 4 For certain men* whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] me.
  • Luke 17:2 It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. [cause by teaching or example]
  • Ps. 119:133 Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.

    feardotcom (2002) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • child playing on subway tracks
  • man hit by subway train
  • gore, repeatedly, often
  • bloody eyes
  • stalking terror, suspense terror, terror in general, repeatedly, often
  • writing in blood, blood oozing and flowing and other issues of blood
  • beating by punk
  • assault with beating
  • death by collision
  • sexual torture, repeatedly and graphic
  • threats to kill, including while helpless under torture, many
  • sequences of terror, gore, mutilation, torture, repeatedly, often
  • masochism
  • pictures of gore/terror
  • insect infestation of a human
  • rotted corpse
  • pulling organs from a rotted corpse
  • firearms and firearm threats
  • "You asked for death so I am no longer your murderer."
  • gunfire to disable and to kill
  • threats of death, repeatedly
  • deaths, several

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 13 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • 15 uses of the most foul of the foul words
  • punk, repeatedly

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • nudity, full, partial, of corpses and more, many
  • woman in tub
  • sexual invitation
  • positioning for oral sex
  • adult in underwear
  • porn images
  • statements of masochism, repeatedly

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • smoking, repeatedly
  • drinking
  • booze
  • bar

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • one use of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and 17 without
  • unholy manipulations
  • unholy manifestations
  • unholy presences

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • murder by torture
  • suicide by jumping
  • murder by impalement
  • murder by gunfire

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    "There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our nearly seven years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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    (1) As noted in CAP Special Report-001, "Investigation Area and Scoring Trend," of the six CAP Investigation Areas, Impudence/Hate was the strongest presence in all four movie classifications. It has a strong revelation about the entertainment media.

    (2) The use of the three/four letter word vocabulary without God's name in vain is incorporated into the Impudence/Hate Investigation Area. The use of God's name with or without the four letter expletive is incorporated into the Offense to God Investigation Area. There is no duplication.

    (3) Only portrayal of successful murder or suicide are incorporated into Murder/Suicide. Portrayal of attempts to commit murder or suicide and deaths by police action or war are incorporated into Wanton Violence/Crime.

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