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Film / FeardotCom

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FeardotCom is a 2002 American/Luxembourgian horror film directed by William Malone and starring Stephen Dorff, Natascha McElhone and Stephen Rea, while Udo Kier and Jeffrey Combs appear in minor roles.

Four dead bodies are found in New York City. The coincidence? They all died 48 hours after logging on to a site named Tough homicide detective Mike Reilly (Dorff) teams up with Department of Health associate Terry Huston (McElhone) to research these mysterious deaths. But the only way to find out what really happened is to enter the site itself...

Tropes applying to FeardotCom:

  • Ambiguous Ending: At the end of the film, Terry gets a phone call with nothing but static. It's never revealed if this is Jeannie calling to "thank" her, or Mike trying to communicate with her.
  • Asshole Victim: Pratt.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: What the website features.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: Technically, the website is called
  • Disproportionate Retribution: The website will kill anyone who accesses it, regardless of their intent. Polidori and Denise are both cursed simply for investigating the site. This is especially harsh, as the site is interactive, and allows people to directly communicate with Jeannie before cursing them.
  • Driven to Suicide: Denise. Their death confuses Mike at first because it doesn't fit the 48-hour pattern.
  • Explosive Overclocking: The website destroys any computer that accesses it.
  • Haunted Technology: The website was hijacked by the ghost of one of the victims of Alistair Pratt.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Pratt is killed after Mike shows him Jeannie's website, which happens to be the site Pratt used to broadcast Jeannie's torture and murder.
  • Kick the Dog: Jeannie appears to Polidori as he's dying, first in her child form, then her ghost form. This is after he tried to save her child form from being hit by a train.
  • The titular website,
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Polidori is killed trying to save Child!Jeannie from an oncoming train.
  • Ominous Visual Glitch:
    • Whenever people click on the site, it first manifests as a dark blot spreading across the screen.
    • At the end of the film, when Jeannie traps Pratt's soul in Cyberspace, it's shown as a sepia version of reality which is constantly glitching and shimmering.
  • Riddle for the Ages: It's never revealed why Terry gets a phone call at the end.
  • Serial Killer / Deadly Doctor: Alistair "The Doctor" Pratt.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The underwater sequence where Terry finds Jeannie's body in a flooded steel mill is clearly inspired by Inferno.
    • Jeannie's child form, a little girl with platinum blonde hair and a white ball, is taken directly from Toby Dammit.
  • Too Dumb to Live: The man who goes directly into the path of the subway train.