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47 of 55 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Weak walls", strong movie!
When you see a movie edited on tv and you say "I have got to own this movie!" then you know that it is really good. I was afraid to commit to it since it seemed like a CRUSH rip-off and I didn't want it to outstand my beloved favorite movie. It didn't. But, it's still a creepy little thriller about obsession, love and murder.
Meet Nicole Walker. A 16 year old girl...
Published on November 26, 2003 by Ryan

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cheesy, predicatable....yet oh so watchable
You just know when you see photo booth snaps of Nicole and David (Reese Witherspoon and Mark Wahlberg) kissing and snuggling cleverly juxtaposed with David's jailhouse mugshot on his bedroom wall...this won't be a cinematic enigma wrapped in a riddle. Fear certainly doesn't require much thought on the part of the moviegoer.

But it isn't entirely bad though, if...
Published on August 28, 2004 by Michelle Lee


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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cheesy, predicatable....yet oh so watchable, August 28, 2004
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Michelle Lee (Bloomfield, NJ United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Fear (DVD)
You just know when you see photo booth snaps of Nicole and David (Reese Witherspoon and Mark Wahlberg) kissing and snuggling cleverly juxtaposed with David's jailhouse mugshot on his bedroom wall...this won't be a cinematic enigma wrapped in a riddle. Fear certainly doesn't require much thought on the part of the moviegoer.

But it isn't entirely bad though, if you are prepared for predictable teen angst and psycho boyfriend antics. Reese Witherspoon plays the virgin nymphet Nicole Walker, desperately pining for brooding bad boy from the wrong side of the tracks David McCall, deliciously played by Mark Wahlberg. With the help of "gets around" pal Margo (Alyssa Milano), Nicole soon begins to develop a close bond with David, and (surprise surprise) even loses her virginity to him.

But of course, no such plot would be complete without the overprotective father, played by CSI's William Petersen. Suspicious of his daughter's new boyfriend from the start, he forbodes their relationship from the very beginning. That's when things go "psycho"...

David quickly begins to sport the crazy-serious-insane-obssessed face whenever any other guy goes near Nicole or when her father tries to keep them apart. Where does this get everyone? In a whole mess of unbelievable trouble that will leave the moviewatcher saying "hello? this would never happen!" while watching the movie through their hands.

All in all, not a terrible flick. The ending definitely could have had better closure, but you can't expect too too much given the corny plot. Oh, and of course, you get to see Mark Wahlberg without his shirt on. That, in itself, makes the movie worth at least one look. :)
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47 of 55 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Weak walls", strong movie!, November 26, 2003
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Ryan "Ryan" (Greenport, New York United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Fear (DVD)
When you see a movie edited on tv and you say "I have got to own this movie!" then you know that it is really good. I was afraid to commit to it since it seemed like a CRUSH rip-off and I didn't want it to outstand my beloved favorite movie. It didn't. But, it's still a creepy little thriller about obsession, love and murder.
Meet Nicole Walker. A 16 year old girl with sex on her mind. Her father just married a woman and has a new stepbrother. Her girlfriend Margo Masse and her friend Gary decide one day, to be late for school and to go get some food at a gritty coffee shop. Nicole glances at David but doesn't really meet him until a party later that night. When the party becomes a riot, Nicole escapes with David to sit around and talk. It's love at first sight.
One night, Nicole tells David that she's ready to have sex. He says he's with some friends and has to do something. She tells him it's alright and to come over after and she tells him the code to the front door. Well, David comes in and they have sex. A day later or so, David goes to Nicole's school to pick her up, he see's Gary hug her. Not good in David's eyes. He goes over and beats the crap out of Gary and in the process, hits Nicole in the face, giving her a black eye.
Nicole's father is more than pissed. David seems to give him the creeps. When he confronts David, David says "You know, Mr. Walker-you really aren't a f***ot." Mr. Walker tells David to stay away from Nicole. After Mr. Walker leaves, David starts hitting himself in the chest. He tells Nicole that her father hit him. So she runs off with David, feeling sorry for him. He asks her if she wants to go to a party when he brings her back to her house. She tells him no. But after a few seconds, when he leaves, she decides to drive over herself. She goes there, and looks in a window to see Margo being abused and about to be raped by her "true love" David.
She now discovers David's true dark side. She won't talk to him so he "attacks" her in a bathroom at the mall. Mr. Walker's red car gets smashed up with a note on the broken window saying "Now I've poped both your ........!"....Mr. Walker finds out where David and his gang lives and ruins the place. When the group finds the place in ruins, David knows exactly who it is. And by their law "An eye for an eye and a tooth for a ...... tooth" they decide to pay the Walker family a little visit...
What worked in this movie was the psychotic attitude of David. He's a soid good actor and a damn good liar. You know he's bad but you really like him. He seems perfect. You try to like him after his accidently hitting Nicole but it becomes harder and harder.
RECCOMENDED TO FANS OF:
Fatal Attraction (1987)
The Crush (1993)
The Stepfather (1987)
CAST
Mark Wahlberg...........David McCall
Reese Witherspoon....Nicole Walker
William L. Petersen.....Steve Walker
Amy Brenneman..........Laura Walker
Alyssa Milano..............Margo Masse
THE MOVIE: 3/4
THE PICTURE QUALITY: 10/10 Anamorphic Widescreen 2.35:1 with only a very very very small amount of grain. Basically, perfect.
THE AUDIO QUALITY: 10/10 5.1 surround is perfect for my TV's sound system. No upping the volume for me! There is also a Dolby Surround French track.
THE SPECIAL FEATURES: Production notes on the film, cast & crew bios and film credits (Only pre-FEAR movies are shown), a trailer with a lot of grain and Universal Weblinks (basically pointless).
SUBTITLES: English and spanish.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A scary and aggressive ride into the world of obsession., October 29, 2001
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This review is from: Fear (DVD)
While this movie had mixed opinions from critics, I thought it was thoroughly underrated. I didn't really see what this movie didn't have to please people around the globe. It had a story, and an intriguing one at that, it had a lot of genres to mix its story up in, it had well-developed characters - especially the character of the father - and it had excellent direction, acting and a great script that explores further into the world of terror. The film succeeds highly because of its characters and the original bunch they are. Reese Witherspoon plays the short-skirt wearing, blonde-haired and extremely family-bound and nice young girl that gets involved with a psychopath and doesn't know how to take it. Mark Wahlberg plays this psychopath excellently, his character is someone obsessed with Witherspoon's character and we will go to any great lengths to protect her and assure that his and her relationship is safe. And then he gets violent, very violent, and the outcome is horrifying. The father is not the most original character in the film, but the most developed. He is the caring, brave and extremely clever dad who wants the best for his daughter but doesn't want to hurt her. Anyway, enough about the characters. The rest of the movie rocks too - the script is surprisingly original for its premise, taking the boy-meets-girl, girl-dumps-boy, boy-gets-angry angle to new areas in psychological horror. The suspense scenes are incredibly tense and the movie has some gut-wrenchingly scary but incredibly good ideas. I really enjoyed the director's point of view and liked the way he built his film as each of the characters slowly drifts off. I appreciated this thriller a lot and think it is worth your time, but beware, you're in for a pretty darn scary and atmospheric ride!
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I Dated A Psycho Dirk Diggler, August 1, 2005
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David Baldwin (Philadelphia,PA USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Fear (DVD)
I'm on the fence with this one. It's certainly watchable but ultimately it's exploitation crap posing as an important cautionary tale. The film starts off promising enough with the nubile but virginal Nicole(Reese Witherspoon) falling for brooding grunge boy David(Mark Wahlberg) starting with whispering sweet nothings to more intimate contact on a rollercoaster. Daddy Steve(William Petersen) objects to David but can't exactly put his finger on it. Maybe it's the fact that David pummeled Gary, Nicole's platonic friend, and blackened Nicole's eyes in the process. Whatever subtlety there was in the film is thrown out the window with an extended siege by David and his grunge buddies of Nicole's house that plays like a junior version of "Cape Fear". It's a shame because this film has a pretty good pedigree with it's cast and director James Foley("At Close Range", "Glengarry Glen Ross") at the helm. The film can be recommended for some pretty good performances by Witherspoon and Wahlberg. Just be forewarned that this is thriller-lite.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This was an awesome movie!, November 12, 2000
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This review is from: Fear [VHS] (VHS Tape)
I saw this movie a long time ago, but I still remember it. And for me to remember a movie means that it must have really been something! This movie was really great and I enjoyed it. I guess I'm the type of person who enjoys being thrilled and chilled and this movie gave me tons of both. I loved the storyline-- obsessive out-of-control guy meets innocent girl. And although people say that that storyline is old, this movie was as fresh as ever. It really gave a new outlook to the old storyline and gave it so much suspense. I enjoyed every second of this movie. If it was a book it would be the type where you can't put it down because it is so good. This movie kept me guessing and made me look forward to what was going to happen next. And in my opinion, that is the effect a GOOD movie should have on its viewers. Mark Wahlberg gave a great performance and he really fit the role well. He made you believe you were right there experiencing everything. This movie was simply amazing. There should be more movies like this. It was hot, it was suspensful and exciting. I loved it!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars SOLID THRILLER WITH A VERY GOOD CAST!, February 17, 2008
This review is from: Fear (DVD)
This is a little known film from the early 90's. The movie takes it's time to flesh out the characters and to build some tension, but when it lets loose, it delivers! Mark Wahlberg gives a very chilling performance as a class 'A' nut job in this above average thriller. It smells like TV, but it's much better than that. Reese Witherspoon and the rest of the cast are very good as well. I rate it 3 1/2 stars.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the Fear I was looking for, September 4, 2001
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This review is from: The Fear (Audio Cassette)
There are two movies, one called "The Fear" in 1994 and one that is just "Fear" which starred Mark Wahlberg in 1996. I would like the 1996 Fear soundtrack. You have "The Fear" soundtrack listed under both movies. The Fear soundtrack I purchased was definitely not the music I heard in the 1996 Mark Wahlberg film.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Be Very Afraid, September 10, 2006
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This review is from: Fear (DVD)
What a cast! Mark Wahlberg, Reese Witherspoon, William L. Petersen, Amy Brenneman and Alyssa Milano are all terrific in this taut thriller about an innocent girl (Witherspoon) and her seemingly perfect boyfriend (Wahlberg). Of course, the boyfriend is really a borderline psycho and a stalker. Wahlberg turns in a spectacular yet subtle performance. William Petersen (CSI) is outstanding as the Witherspoon's concerned father who has way too many issues himself. This film is a hidden gem. Buy it . . . you will not be disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Exciting, ultraviolent and way over the top, April 20, 2007
This review is from: Fear (DVD)
Neither Mark Wahlberg, Reese Witherspoon, "CSI" star William Petersen nor "Fraser" girlfriend Amy Brenneman had hit their stride in TV and movies when this 1996 production was released, leaving only Hollywood bad girl Alyssa Milano as a name star in this teen version of "Fatal Attraction" that also mixes some affect from both the original and remake of "Cape Fear".

Wahlberg, who until this time had been known as rapper Mark E. Mark and a pinup underwear model, plays a psycho that matches physical skill with mental aptitude to alternately charm and terrorize high schooler Witherspoon, dad Peterson, and stepmom Brenneman. His role is metaphoric to the role Glenn Close played in "Fatal Attraction" while dad Peterson figures out right away he's a bad guy and warns daughter and wife of his bad deeds to come.

The film travels a predictable path to an apocalyptic closing scene where Wahlberg and his gang of four seek revenge on Peterson, who trashed their home. They come equipped with guns, other weapons and psychic terror to carry out their revenge...only to learn the family lives in an impregnable home. As you may guess, it turns out not to be impregnable after all. The movie closes with many scenes of ultraviolence where the ending is just as predicatable as the rest of the story.

What characterizes this film is its incredible violence. In one scene, a child of about 10 or 12 runs over a bad guy with a car. In another scene, stepmom Brenneman drills a hole through a bad guy's hand with a handheld motorized drill. Another time teen Witherspoon stabs her former boyfriend with a jagged edged piece of wood, leaving a gaping hole in his back. If this isn't enough, there is an animal beheading in the flick.

This is an exciting and involving film but its copycat story and level of violence work against its value as art. While there is a lot of shock value to keep you riveted to the screen, it become increasingly more over the top as it goes on. In that respect it reminded me of the 1979 opus "Fury", where scenes of incredible violence punctuated the final 30 minutes and essentially changed the value of the film.

"Fear", too, is a throwback to 1970s slasher and hate filled movies and operates in the same horizontal plane. It pretends to be a teen version of "Fatal Attraction" with some of the tension of "Cape Fear" but is actually more akin to "The Hills Have Eyes" with violent criminals taking the place of "The Hills'" flesh eating wackos. Meanwhile, Mark Wahlberg's psycho has none of the artistry that Robert Mitchum and Robert DeNiro displayed in the original and remade "Cape Fear".

I think it a good idea to show some fear before buying this and bringing it home if you have children under age 17. If you are a teen and/or want a cheap thrill, excitement and violence, this is your cup of tea.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bad, Bad Boyfriend!, July 10, 2001
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S. Schell (OH United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Fear (DVD)
It's 11:00 pm - do you know where your teenage daughter is? More importantly, do you know whom she's with? Dubbed as the "Fatal Attraction for teens" by its own executive producer Brian Grazer, "Fear" follows the pattern of excitement and danger in one volatile package named David McCall, the obsessive boyfriend that is the centerpiece of this sophomoric thriller. David's hapless victim and love interest is a high-school beauty named Nicole Walker (Witherspoon), a precocious but somewhat naÔve lass dealing with the typical teen angst and the added friction of her father's marriage to a younger woman (Brenneman). Cutting class one day with Margo Masse (Milano) and Gary Rohmer (Caldecott), Nicole and friends pop into a local sports bar for some brief recreation. While liberally puffing a cig, Margo ogles a group of men at a nearby pool table, marveling in particular at the grungiest guy of the group. While Nicole disagrees with Margo's taste in men, she spots someone more of her own flavor, a handsome and brawny rogue that unwaveringly meets her lustful eye. The moment is brief and they are gone within minutes, but Nicole bumps into him again that very evening at a raucous rave on the pier. Their eyes meet again on the dance floor, bathed in neon lights and sandwiched by boisterous partygoers dancing to industrial rock. Before you can say riot, they are running to the roof and away from police choppers crashing the hedonistic soiree.
As they retreat to a quiet spot overlooking the Seattle skyline, we find out that this seemingly polite and handsome fellow is David McCall, a wolf in sheep's skin. David is skilled at his romantic ruse and soon worms his way into the hearts of Nicole's family, all except for one - Steven Walker, Nicole's protective papa. There's no fooling this father and Steven knows better than anyone that David is an outright fraud. Of course, Nicole's rebelliousness is what creates the melodrama and suspense of this teen thriller, and she defies her father repeatedly to great effect. She falls in love and even after watching one of her friends being beaten to a pulp by David over a platonic embrace, she continues to see him and only fuels his burgeoning obsession. As you can imagine, the relationship gets ugly real quick and has a definitive effect on Nicole's family and friends. People who lust for psychopathic scares will enjoy a particular scene where Wahlberg crudely scrawls "Nicole 4 Eva" on his chest with a blunt razor. Ouch! Love hurts, ne c'est pas?
Bad-boy David is former rapper and one-time Calvin Klein underwear model Mark Wahlberg, the first of many roles that he took to branch out into film, beginning with minor spots in TV and then a bit part in 1994's "Renaissance Man". "The Basketball Diaries" followed a year later, but his frightening turn as a jilted playboy brought his name to the lips of screaming girls everywhere. He would later blow critics away in Paul Thomas Anderson's "Boogie Nights", a film centered around the late 1970's porn industry.
Reese Witherspoon had quite a resume before she was approached with "Fear", having made a name for herself back in 1991 in "Man On The Moon", a bittersweet coming-of-age drama. Playing a spunky Louisiana teen, she starred opposite Jason London and had her first on-screen kiss. She's come a long way since then, having starred in successful vehicles such as "Pleasantville", "Cruel Intentions" and her Golden Globe-winning performance in 1999's "Election". Although Reese is a splendid character actress, there's nothing for her to do here except play the victim and she does it modestly. Other key players are TV stars William L. Petersen (CSI) as Witherspoon's wary papa and Amy Brenneman (Judging Amy) as Laura, Nicole's brash stepmother.
"Fear" may be a cheap substitute for a well-devised thriller, but Wahlberg kicks it up a few notches to a respectable and reasonably enjoyable level. It will certainly make worrywart parents all the more prudent about whom their daughter chooses to date!
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